Mary Christensen

Mary Kay Christensen
April 15, 1959 - April 22, 2013
Mary Kay Christensen, 54 of Nampa, Idaho, passed away Monday, April 22, 2013, peacefully at home of natural causes. Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Dakan Funeral Chapel on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.
Mary Kay was born in Dickinson, North Dakota, on April 15, 1959, to Raymond and Geneva Schnell. She was the fourth of five children: older brothers Gary and Don, older sister Peggy, and younger sister Sheila.
Mary Kay met Ron Christensen in high school and married soon after in October, 1977. From this marriage came four children, twelve home towns, countless hands of rummy, and a reliable supply of coffee and cookies.
Mary Kay was a passionate and dedicated mom. Her creativity and thoughtfulness are rooted deeply in the characters, personalities, and humor of her kids. She was also a homemaker and attentive hostess. Anyone who came to her colorful home experienced the details with which she cared for people. In recent years she used all these gifts as a grandmother.
Mary Kay's childhood in western North Dakota and her family's involvement in the livestock industry gave her a lasting connection to the state's culture and landscape. She was a North Dakota girl no matter where she roamed. She was also a chronicler of family lore - a reliable source when it came to laughter and reminiscing.
Mary Kay is survived by her parents, Raymond and Geneva; husband, Ron; son, Jared (Sara); daughters, Emily (Tim), Rachel (Alex), and Abby; brothers, Gary and Don; sisters, Peggy and Sheila; and grandchildren, Noah, Lucy, Miles, Alma, Kate, and Jasper, with another on the way.
Mary Kay was a light to the people who knew her. Her steadfast faith in Christ helped many others to be strong. She will be missed.
Gifts in her memory can be made to Home on the Range 16351 I-94
Sentinel Butte, ND 58654 or www.hotrnd.com; or Love, INC, 16446 Franklin Rd, Nampa, ID 83687 or www.loveinctv.org.
… but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
- Isaiah 40:31


Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 25, 2013