Shirley L. Christensen

Shirley Louise Gillespie Christensen

82, Zionsville, IN, passed away on February 21, 2013.

Shirley worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company as a claims supervisor. She loved to travel and visited Ireland. She and her best friend Martha Adams had many adventures together including a paddlewheel trip down the Mississippi and organizing and leading a 7 day 110 mile Girl Scout hiking trip in Neb. One of Shirley's joys was volunteering at the Women's Prison in Indianapolis and working with the Grandmothers group. As a member of Kiwanis International, she spent many hours in community service. Shirley was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge. She loved her Colts, Fever and Pacers, and attended many sporting events. She was an avid chef and enjoyed making her own Pasta and Ice Cream. Shirley loved her Scotty dogs Jill and Annie.

She is survived by her children, Lawrence M. Christensen (Maridan), Crystal Christensen Van Meter (Dr. Charles D.) and Beth Ann Pintal (James); grandchildren, Megan Christensen, Maeve Pintal, Kelly (Brad) Barmore, Michael, Andrew, Luke and Kate Van Meter; great-granddaughter, Laney Barmore.

Shirley was predeceased by her parents, friend Martha Adams; her sister, Lois Hoefling and brother, Jim Gillespie.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Flanner and Buchanan - Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in the Good Shepherd Chapel from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., with a service to celebrate her life at 2:00 p.m.

Friends and family are encouraged to visit Shirley's online tribute page at, where you may leave online condolences and sign the guestbook.

Funeral Home

Flanner and Buchanan - Oaklawn Memorial Gardens
9700 Allisonville Rd Indianapolis, IN 46250
(317) 849-3616

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Feb. 23, 2013