Maralyn Jean Christensen (1950 - 2013)

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Funeral services for Maralyn J. Christensen, 62, were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee. Pastor Jon Riggert officiated. Burial was at the Exira Cemetery in Exira at 3:30 pm.
Maralyn Jean Christensen the daughter of Ralph and Betty Viola, was born on November 21, 1950 in Council Bluffs, and passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee. Her childhood years were spent in Council Bluffs, where she attended school and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1968, followed by a degree in Radiology from The Mercy School of Nursing.
On July 13, 1974, she was united in marriage to Robert Allen Christensen in Las Vegas, Nev.. Bob and Maralyn were blessed with three children, Matt Christensen, Melissa Leeds of Cherokee, and Melanie Graybill of Cedar Rapids.
Maralyn worked in Radiology at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center for 37 years where she considered her colleagues family.
She enjoyed world travel, especially her trips to Italy and Europe. She enjoyed dancing, listening to live country concerts, cooking, power shopping, remodeling the house, playing cards, Cadillacs and diamonds, and Iowa State Sports. She loved to entertain family and friends with parties at the house, but loved spoiling her grandchildren the most.
She was preceded in death by her son, Matt Christensen, and her father Ralph Viola her father and mother-in-law Nels C. and Anna M (Lund) Christensen, brothers-in-law, Dallas Christensen and Jim Rush, sisters-in-law, Dorothy Lebeck and Erma W. Jensen.
Maralyn is survived by her husband, Robert Christensen of Cherokee; daughters: Melanie Graybill and her husband Gaylen of Cedar Rapids, Melissa Leeds and her husband Mark of Cherokee; grandchildren: Tyler, Chase, and Dylan Graybill, and Rubi, Kyle, Kaiden, Kassie, Katelyn, and Alex Leeds; her mother Betty Viola of Remsen; one brother, Mike (Kathy) Viola of Prior Lake, Minn.; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Doris Christensen, Don Lebeck, Robert M. Jensen and wife Pat all of Audubon, Lois Pfeiffer of Lake Havasu, AZ; Marjorie and Galen Hansen of Exira, and Violet Rush of Atlantic as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Maralyn loved her husband Bob, Family, Grandchildren, Work Associates, and Friends.
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Cherokee, IA 51012
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Aug. 16 to Aug. 23, 2013