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Kristine Ardel Christensen

March 8, 1935 ~ August 5, 2019 (age 84)

Kristine Christensen passed away peace­fully with her husband by her side on August 5, 2019. She was born on March 8, 1935 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She graduated from the University of Idaho, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1956. Kristy is survived by her hus­band Richard Christensen; children: Lori Enright and her husband William and Kurt Christensen and his wife Karen; grandchil­dren: Sonja, Ian, Cale, Natalie, Piper and Parker; sister, Josie Brown and a world wide host of friends.  She was lifelong committed to and active in the Pi Beta Phi Sorority.

 

The real Kristy was so much more than just the sum of the facts or the official record.  To start at the beginning, she was raised by her loving parents, Clara and Del Anderson. She was always a gifted student.  Everything came “quick and easy” for her.  Was she preoccupied with achievement and little else?  Not in the least.  She was a natural, she was active, she was involved.  She always wanted to help the group or student organization to make improvements.  She relished being around happy people, preferably right in the middle of everything going on.

 

All this easily and smoothly transformed over to mature adult life for her.  She married Richard and they had two children, Lori and Kurt.  With her husband’s work the family lived all over the U. S. and Europe, and travelled widely to meetings over the world.  The work was both with business and academia.  She always jumped right in, sought out new opportunities (meaning new people) and moved ahead.  She joined every woman’s organization that you could imagine in each new place.  As the family grew and prospered, Kristy flourished.  The most telling evidence of her success was the number of friends who became attracted and devoted to her for years and years and years.

 

Was she magnetic, you’d better believe!  Her charm was really very simple.  She treated everyone equally.  She was a great conversationalist and interested in everyone.  It didn’t matter if it was the President of the University or the person sweeping the floor in the outer office.  Not only was she interested in everyone, it actually seemed that she was interested in all aspects of life as well, and not just superficially.  She was deeply inquisitive.  She had a detailed and perceptive knowledge of all she had surveyed over her long and productive life.  She did have her own personal pursuits but they never took precedence over her people commitments and priorities.

 

She held decided views and opinions and she could be as tenacious as she deemed necessary, but that never was allowed to interfere with her innate poise and grace.  She could most agreeably handle anything that came along, easy or difficult, it didn’t matter.  Her battle with health problems in her last two years can only be described as courageous.  Through sheer will she held the upper hand until the very end.  It is fair to say that she lived life in happy equilibrium, usually helping others.

 

Most of all she loved her family.  She did everything for them (us), there was no limit, no restrictions, she did it all.  She had organized a family reunion that would have occurred in our old Idaho home country during the week of her passing.  If only she had lived just a little longer it would have happened and she would have been in heaven to be there.  It now seems she proceeded to heaven more directly.  Kristy’s family and so many friends have had to say goodbye to a really marvelous human being.

 

 

Richard Christensen

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