Tillie Toby (Vicefield) Christensen (1918 - 2015)

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Services for Tillie Toby Christensen, 96, formerly of Audubon, were held in Broken Bow, Okla., on Aug. 4, 2015 at 11 a.m. with burial on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at the West Exira Cemetery, Exira.
Tillie Toby Christensen, the daughter of Barnett and Rose Vicefield, was born in Yorkshire Leeds, England Oct. 13, 1918. She died at St. Francis South Hospital in Broken Arrow, Okla., on July 30, 2015, at the age of 96 years, 9 months and 17 days.
She completed her education in England and began work as a seamstress. During WWII she was drafted to build bombs. While working in the bomb factory she met and later married Donald Christensen. After the war she moved with Donald to Audubon. Five children, two daughters and three sons were born to this union. In America she was first a homemaker and later worked at the Audubon Friendship Home.
Born into the Jewish faith, she was later baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1954 where she was a member of the Dorcas Society and held various church offices.
She loved to travel and has been to nearly every state in the US, Canada, and Mexico along with several trips to England. She and her husband became "snow birds" living summers in Audubon and winters in Texas. She enjoyed her children, and grand and great-grandchildren, gardening, entertaining, and just being around people. In 2006 she moved to Oklahoma to live near her daughter.
Preceding her in death in addition to her husband, Donald and son Alan Lee were her parents and brothers and sister, son-in-law Dale Deardorff, and granddaughter Lisa.
Survivors include her daughters Mrs. Barbara Calvert of Broken Arrow, Okla., Mrs. Beverly Deardorff of Ottawa, Kan., and sons Paul Dean Christensen of Pasco, Wash., and John Curtis Christensen of College Place Wash.; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; seven great-great- grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Aug. 7 to Aug. 14, 2015