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Mary B. ChristensenMary B. Christensen, 90, of St. Paul, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at the Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in St. Paul. The Revs. Martha Voigt and Joel Rathbun will officiate. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Christensen was born on May 19, 1920, on a farm near Cotesfield, the daughter of Carl and Inez (Bradley) Nielsen. She was united in marriage to Robert N. Christensen on March 24, 1944, at Cotesfield. He preceded her in death on Oct. 27, 1988. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Ronna Christensen and Gordy and Jennifer Christensen, all of St. Paul; three daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and Bob Epperson of Blair, Jody and Rick Lane of Omaha and Barbara and Roger Winkler of Omaha. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law and spouses, Kenneth and Eleanor Christensen of St. Paul, Willard and Marianne Christensen of Omaha and Wendell Christensen of Kansas City, MO; sister-in-law, Dorothy Powell of Kewanee, IL; and many nieces and nephews. Mary grew up on the family farm and attended Howard and Greeley County rural schools. She was a 1938 graduate of Scotia High School and then attended Kearney State Teachers College. She taught for several years in area rural schools. After her marriage to Bob the couple lived in Greeley County. While he served in the military she lived with her parents until his return. The couple farmed in the Fairdale area north of St. Paul until 1957, when they began farming east of St. Paul. In 1966, they moved into St. Paul where she worked at Havlik’s Grocery Store for several years. She then began her career as a social worker for the Howard County Welfare Service until her retirement. After Bob’s death she continued to make St. Paul her home the rest of her life. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women – Martha Circle, Handy Gals Extension Club, as well as, several card clubs. Mary enjoyed cooking, baking and entertaining her family and friends. She loved her family and the time they spent together. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Leslie Marie Lane; a sister, Edna Anderson; and a brother, Melvin O. Nielsen. Memorials are suggested to Valley County Hospice, Howard County Medical Center Auxiliary or to the donor’s choice.
Our deepest sympathy to all of you. She was a wonderful woman and we have great memories of her. She will be missed by so many besides her family. I especially remember her great smile and those wonderful cinnamon rolls! You are in our thoughts and prayers. Marv and Sandy
Marv and Sandy Kunze Nov 25 2010 12:00 AM
Aunt Mary was truly a very special person to me. She blessed me with so many great memories of fun times, love, caring, great meals, deserts, family time, as well as the softest sheets ever. I was blessed that Daddy had such a great sister. Wish I was there to wrap my arms around everyone. I send our prayers. She is at peace and in a wonderful place. Love, Debi Nielsen, Benny and Laci
Debi M. Nielsen, Benny and Laci Smith Nov 24 2010 12:00 AM
To All I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother but I know she is in Heaven and not suffering anymore. She was a very special Lady and made many precious Memories at Fairdale School and the Church. God Bless and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers
Joyce Klintworth Nov 23 2010 12:00 AM
Sorry for your loss, our prayers go out to you. Mary was a fun lady and a joy to work with when she was at Matelyn.
Rodney & Deb Meyer Nov 23 2010 12:00 AM
Gordy, Keith, and families, We are saddened for your loss of Mary. She was a wonderful lady and I enjoyed talking with her through the years. She always had a smile and wave for me when I saw her on the street. We will add her to our prayers this week. With respect, Mike and Robyn McCann
Mike McCann Nov 22 2010 12:00 AM
We are so sorry for your loss. Mary was a very special person and i will always remember the Bradley family reunions in St Paul. We will miss her. God Bless Dave, Cheryl, Josh & Jon Sims
David L Sims Nov 22 2010 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathy to your family. Larry & Judy Mackin
Judy Mackin Nov 22 2010 12:00 AM
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Words cannot express and comfort you in the way you should be comforted. I pray that her passing will bring you all closer together. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless.
Barbara Mathewson Nov 22 2010 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathy to the family.
Jane Gottsche Nov 22 2010 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear of your loss. She was a very special lady and surely left her family with many great memories. Rick shared that she was very ready to go to heaven. I'm sure she is happy there and watching over all of her family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Ginny
Ginny Schwab Nov 22 2010 12:00 AM