Carolyn Cahoon Christensen
1940 - 2021
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Carolyn Cahoon Christensen
February 18, 1940 – February 22, 2021
Resident of Walnut Creek
Carolyn Cahoon Christensen was born to Newell Spencer Cahoon and Hortense Terry Cahoon in Logan, Utah on February 18, 1940. Carolyn and her eternal sweetheart, Dale, had six children, sixteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Dale, son Larry (Diana) of Vacaville: Michael (Rebecca), Marissa, Matthew, Marcus, Sierra and Xena; son Todd (Karma) of Walnut Creek: Bryce (Simone; daughter Scout), Brandon and Breanna; daughter Chanté (Gary) of Mesa, Arizona: Alexandria (Marcus; children Charles, James, William, Henry, and George), Christopher (Sara; daughter Lucy), Spencer and Jessica; son Jared of Walnut Creek: Owen, Avin and Vila. She is preceded in death by her twin sons Michael Scott and Martin Spencer, her parents, Newell and Hortense Cahoon, and brother Arthur Cahoon.
Carolyn graduated from Logan High School in 1958 where she sang in the a cappella group the Chantaires, performed in school musicals, tap danced and enjoyed attending school events. She attended Utah State University, and worked at Hill Air Force Base before becoming a full time mother. While attending a dance she met the love of her life, Dale, a returned missionary. They were married on June 22, 1959 in the LDS Logan temple and have enjoyed these past 62 years of marriage together.
Carolyn created a beautiful home filled with love, laughter, and music and was always ready to serve anyone. If you looked into the fridge she would ask "Can I make you something to eat?" She is remembered for her enduring patience, wonderful care of her husband and family and eagerness to serve. She crocheted and sewed hundreds of baby blankets which were freely passed out to new mothers around her and donated. She would sew personalized pillowcases for all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She would can over 100 bottles of anything that Dale grew in the garden each year; various fruits and vegetable while making homemade jams, salsa and grape juice. She enjoyed baking pies, wonderful homemade bread, cinnamon rolls (that we need right now) and cookies, as well as hosting Sunday family dinners.
Friends and neighbors remember her kindness and thoughtfulness and will miss seeing her with the little red wagon full of tomatoes, fruits and vegetables from the garden to share with them. They also enjoyed her cinnamon rolls, homemade jams and salsa. Carolyn and Dale would often leave boxes of fruits and vegetables from the garden at church to share with the congregation. At Christmas time, one of our favorite Christensen traditions is caroling "The Singers Make Bold" to friends and neighbors while giving mom's homemade jam.
Mom and Dad were into solar power options before most people. Dad helped Mom hang the laundry out on the clothes line on Mondays. You could often find her watching an Oakland Athletics baseball game, Golden State Warriors basketball game, any good football game (she would tell us about player trades before we knew), Jeopardy, Hallmark movies or checking Instagram for any new posts on her family, friends or the Royal Family of England. Her love for England grew when she and Dale had the opportunity to serve as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Birmingham, England. They also served together in the Nauvoo, Illinois Temple, local LDS Employment Centers, Oakland Family History Center and Oakland Temple for over 15 years. Carolyn served as Relief Society President, Primary Pianist, Primary Chorister, Ward Music Chairman, in the Stake Relief Society Presidency and many others.
Family and friends are invited to a viewing to be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 100 Northgate Road in Walnut Creek, CA on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am. Interment will be held at a later date at the Elysian Gardens in Millcreek, Utah. Carolyn always said "In lieu of flowers, send chocolate." :-) In lieu of flowers and chocolates, please donate to the church mission fund:, or Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund:
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Published in East Bay Times on Feb. 25, 2021.
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