Jane "Chris" Soper, wife, mom, and fun friend passed away July 27, 2013 at Bearcreek Respite Care Center. She died peacefully after years of complications from suspected Alzheimer's suffering.
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She was born in Chicago, Ill. on June 5, 1935. She was the second of three daughters born to Walter and Edith (Miller) Christensen. She grew up in the Chicago suburb of Hinsdale, graduating from Hinsdale High School in 1953. She attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. where she became a proud and loyal member of the Alpha Phi Sorority.
In 1955, she transferred to University of Michigan (Go Blue!) where she earned her elementary education degree. She then bought a three-year-old Ford convertible, dropped the top, and drove to El Monte, an L.A. suburb, and taught third grade. She loved teaching and her students loved her. She took them to museums, tide pools, and anywhere that would help to expand their educational horizons.
She married Bob Soper in 1958. Peter was born in 1963, Robert Jr. in 1964, and Charles in 1968. After moving to Bozeman in December 1970, she performed employment surveys for the Department of Commerce and was often cited for her efficiency and accuracy. Her infectious and beautiful smile led to countless friendships and she loved playing golf and tennis at Riverside Country Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Edith Christensen, and grand-dog, Eddy-Boy. She is survived by her sisters, Joanne (David) Hood of Downers Grove, Ill., and Judy Bubin of Mundelein, Ill.; her three boys, Peter, Bob Jr., and Charlie (Heidi); grand-dog, Wally Pants; and her husband of 55 years, Bob Soper of Bozeman.
The family would like to thank Marian Steffes and the entire staff at Bearcreek Respite Care Center for their unyielding care, compassion, and love throughout Mom's residency. We could not have managed without them.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
, www.alz.org, advancing Alzheimer's research worldwide.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Aug. 4 to Aug. 7, 2013