DeeAnn Nelson Christensen, 83, of Bear River City, Utah, our beautiful wife, mother, and grandmother, completed her earthly journey on October 2, 2023. DeeAnn was born in Brigham City, Utah, on October 17, 1939. Her parents were Raymond and LaVon Nelson.
DeeAnn grew up on the family farm with her four brothers and one sister. She graduated from Box Elder High School in 1957 and also attended LDS Business College.
She married her sweetheart, Don Christensen, on November 17, 1966, in the Logan Temple. They lived in Harper Ward (where Curtis was born) and Willard (where Lori was born). They moved to Fresno, California, in 1971 (where Doug was born), then to Germantown, Maryland, in 1988, and after a brief stint in Payson, to Brigham City, and finally home to Bear River in 2003.
DeeAnn worked for First Security Bank and Thiokol in Brigham City and for IRS in Ogden. She worked for Bonnie Peterson doing secretarial work, and as an ESOL aide at Easterby Elementary in Fresno. And in Maryland she worked at Wang and Weston as a secretary.
DeeAnn was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served a mission to Sweden from 1960-1962, as well as two stake missions. She served in many callings in primary, young women’s, and relief society, in the Brigham City Family History Library and as an ordinance worker in the Ogden Temple.
She loved music and had a beautiful alto voice. She often sang in church and at ward functions. She loved to read, mostly the classics, but also novels by LDS authors and books about gospel topics and leaders. Before her hands began to hurt too much, she loved to do crossword puzzles, word searches, and crochet.
She loved her family and welcomed any reason to gather them together. She attended as many of her children’s and grandchildren’s activities as possible. She tried not to miss events with her extended family, too. Nothing made her happier than spending time with her family.
One of her favorite vacation places was Yellowstone. She looked forward to an annual trip every June and often a second trip in September too. Don and DeeAnn had the opportunity to visit many historical sites in and around Washington, DC, while they lived in Maryland. After moving back to Utah, they also visited many sites around Utah and the western US.
She was active in the Bear River Camp of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and loved the friendships she made there.
DeeAnn is survived by her husband Don, her daughter Lori Ann (Brent) Horn, her son Douglas Ray (Melissa) Christensen, daughter-in-law Bonniejean Christensen, her grandchildren Alexander Christensen, Cierra Christensen, KayLee (Jon) Higbee, Kelsey Horn, Zachary Christensen, Abigail Horn, and Kaden Peterson, and her brothers Gary, Paul (Lezlie), and Dennis (Judy) Nelson. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Curtis Don Christensen, brother Richard (Dick) Nelson, and sister Pamela Peterson.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 11 A.M. at the Bear River City LDS Church (5870 N 4700 W St- Bear River City). Viewings will be held on Friday, October 6, 2023 from 6-8 P.M. at Rogers & Taylor Funeral Home (111 N 100 E- Tremonton) and prior to the service at the church from 9:30-10:30 A.M. Interment will take place in the Bear River City Cemetery. The services will be livestreamed and may be accessed below.
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