Lori Christensen passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at her home following an extended illness.
Lori was born in Blackfoot on June 3, 1950, to Naomi Allen Christensen and Harry Christensen.
Lori married Reuel Hugh Wilkins in Shelley in 1968. Later that year, she graduated from Shelley High School and gave birth to their daughter, Lisa. They added to their family in 1971, when Bill was born, and when Jacki was born in 1972, their family was complete and they moved to Idaho Falls.
Lori was able to stay home with her kids during this time, a time she once called "One of the best times of her life." Unfortunately, her marriage ended and she became a single mom.
When her children were older, Lori had the opportunity to move to Colorado to manage a hotel and restaurant there. The hospitality industry led her from Denver to Miami and then to Palm Springs.
Lori became a grandmother in 1987. Ricky was born and she was excited. Lori hated being away from her family, and she moved back to Idaho Falls. It was at this time that she began working at The Salvation Army in the social services office.
In 1995, Lori would receive one of the greatest blessings in her lifetime. Her son, Nic, was born.
Granddaughter Sasha became a part of the family in 1998 and granddaughter Emmi in 2002 to complete the family. All of the kids and grandkids loved their "Baby One." Lori married George Lake on Nov. 9, 2002. They were married for 10 years.
In 2009, her son, Bill, was diagnosed with cancer. Despite getting the best care possible and prayers from family and friends, Bill passed away June 7, 2011. This was a devastating loss. She mourned him every day for the rest of her life.
During this time of loss, Lori would be blessed by three special little angels. Ricky had married Kendra Weekes in 2007. They gave Lori three darling great-grandchildren, who she adored. Paxton, Davin and Remini helped put sparkle back into her eyes.
Lori is survived by her daughters, Lisa and Jacki Wilkins; son, Nic Wilkins; grandson, Ricky Wilkins; granddaughters, Kendra (Weekes), Sasha Wilkins and Emmi Probst; great-grandsons, Paxton and Davin Wilkins; and a great-granddaughter, Remini Wilkins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Bill Wilkins.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave. The family will visit with friends from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.