Marguerite E. Christensen, 98, passed away in Bozeman on Aug. 26, 2007. She was born on Aug. 18, 1909, in Bellingham, Wash., to Charles Warren and Elena (Barto) Warren.
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She lived in Butte, Phoenix, Ariz., and Seattle until she moved to Bozeman in 1991. She was a strong-minded independent woman, which served her well in her long life. At an early age, she found her love of music and at age 14, she debuted on the concert stage in Phoenix.
Marguerite married Robert Christensen in Seattle on Oct. 19, 1941. They had one daughter, SuZan. Marguerite was a stay-at-home mother and put her energies into introducing her daughter to her love of music and art, and working with charities. She loved gardening and grew beautiful roses and lilies. She and Robert were active in the Eastern Star and the charities the Eastern Star supported. They loved boating and golf and retired to a small island in Puget Sound where they could take trips on their boat, fish and play golf. After Robert passed away, she moved to Bozeman to be closer to her family.
She loved Bozeman and became involved in the Senior Center, Eastern Star and White Shrine. She volunteered at Second Hand Rose, Meals-On-Wheels, and with the Chamber of Commerce. She loved the symphony, ballet, opera, golf and gardening. She began traveling with the seniors and took many trips in the United States, and in her late 80s went to Spain and Morocco. At 89 years of age, she took a trip she had dreamed of all of her life to Brazil and the Amazon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Grace Elizabeth; and her husband, Robert.
Marguerite is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Zan and Doug Hoxsey; her granddaughter and husband, Jessica and Dan McCune; her grandson and wife, Kent Hoxsey and Debra Collins; great-grandchildren, Elise and Rune McCune; a stepsister and husband, Lois and John Callow.
Her family wishes to thank the staff at Gallatin Rest Home for their loving care of her in her life and her passing.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at St. James Episcopal Church.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 28, 2007