Jean Christensen
1923 - 2021
Muehlebach Funeral Care
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Jean Christensen
January 13, 1923 - July 12, 2021
Pleasant Hill, Missouri - Jean Hilda (Beach) Christensen, 98, a long-time resident of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away July 12, 2021, at Beautiful Savior Home in Belton, Missouri. Jean was born January 13, 1923, in Easton, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John and Hilda (Sippel) Beach. Jean was the second of seven children; Doris (Beach) Weber, Robert Beach, Gerald Beach, Kenneth Beach, Philip Beach and infant brother Jackie.
After graduating from high school, she joined the WWII effort as a "Rosie the Riveter" at the Bethlehem, PA steel mill. When the war ended, she moved to the Kansas City area and worked for several years for TWA. She met and married Justin Dwight "J. D." Christensen in 1948, and to this union a daughter, Carol, was born.
Jean stayed home with her daughter until she started school, and then Jean became a very active member of the Leawood Baptist Church, 83rd and State Line Road, Leawood, Kansas, a church that she and her husband were charter members of. She sang in the choir, directed children's choirs for many years, was a deacon of the church and volunteered at a local nursing home to conduct Sunday services once a month.
She enjoyed writing, especially poetry, sewing, crocheting and participating in the many gatherings of the church members. Her life was truly entwined with the church. She also, along with her husband and daughter, supported many humane and environmental organizations.
She was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother Jackie, her husband, J.D. Christensen in 2004, most of her siblings and several nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol C. Haantz, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and many nieces and nephews.
Cremation, no services planned at this time out of an abundance of caution during these pandemic times.
Memorial contributions can be made to The Nature Conservancy or Habitat for Humanity.
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Published by Kansas City Star on Jul. 25, 2021.
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I think God was smiling when he created Jean. She was always a joy to visit with at Leawood I visited her at Beautiful Savior and had planned to visit often when I moved to Belton but covid happened. I pray God grants the family an abundance of comfort and peace.
Susan Fox
July 26, 2021
So sorry to see about your mother. I always enjoyed her outlook on life and her sense of humor. She was a happy person. Hope she was able to enjoy her life to the end. 98 years - wow. It seems strange to drive by the the house on 69th Street and see nothing but a grass field. The people who moved into our old house changed it dramatically by adding a 2 car garage on the south side, enlarging the kitchen into the old garage and adding a master suite over the family room. Hope you are safe and well in these trying times.
Jerry Cash
Jerry Cash
July 25, 2021
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