Christenson, Shirley

Written by David Green.

Shirley M. Christenson, 76, of Grand Blanc, Mich., died May 28, 2006 at her home.

She was born Jan. 6, 1930 in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Ralph and Beatrice Maynard. She married Carl E. Christenson on June 10, 1950 in East Pointe, Mich., and he survives.

Shirley was a resident of the Dearborn area for more than 40 years before she moved to Grand Blanc. She attended Michigan State University and received a bachelor of arts degree from Madonna University. She taught physical therapy and gerontology for adult education in several Michigan school districts.

She was a member of Findlater Chapter O.E.S., the American Legion Auxiliary and Kappa Gamma Pi Honorary Society.

Besides her husband, Shirley is survived by three children, Dr. Karla F. Christenson of Grand Blanc, Paul E. (and Valerie) Christenson of California, and Alan C. (and Jean) Christenson of Arizona; a grandson, James (and Jennifer) Christenson of Virginia; a great-granddaughter, Verity Christenson and a great-grandson, Brodan Christenson, both of North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Dale, in 1991; her father and mother-in-law, Robert and Lucy Christenson and a grandson, Robert Christenson.

Services are scheduled at 1 p.m. June 2 at Eagle Funeral Home Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Rev. Dorothy Okray officiating. Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. June 1 and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service June 2. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Memorial contributions may be made to Doctors Without Borders.

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