Shirley E. Christensen Oct. 31, 1946 - May 24, 2010 Shirley passed away of natural causes on May 24th at her home in Redwood City, CA. The unexpected death is mourned by her daughter, Janna Nygren, and grandson, Noah Holloway, of Sacramento and her brother Phillip Christensen of Eugene, OR. Born in Eugene, Shirley had lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1969. She celebrated her 30th anniversary in the employment as a Patent Specialist at Tyco Electronics in Menlo Park in May of this year. A lover of animals, she devoted much of her time to the rescue and care of feral cats, as well as her own cherished cats Picabo and Callie. Her kindness, caring, intelligence, and sense of humor were valued by her many friends and colleagues. As devoted mother and grandmother, Shirley offered infinite love and support to her family. She will be deeply missed. Private memorial services will be held in Palo Alto and Eugene. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Shirley's memory to her favorite organizations: Nine Lives Foundation or Best Friends Animal Society.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 6, 2010