Lois Gordon Christensen, age 90, returned peacefully to her heavenly “ home” on Sunday morning, Oct. 2, 2011. For the past two years, Lois has been lovingly cared for by the kind staff at the Pinewood Terrace Nursing home in Colville. She delighted in visits from her family, looking forward to and often joining in as they sang her favorite songs and hymns. She would often ask, “Where is Bob?” not remembering that her husband of 61 years had passed away on Sunday, Jan. 2 this same year.
Lois was born to Daniel and Bessie Gordon on May 1, 1921. She was the third of five children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two older brothers, Harry Orgill Gordon (age 2) and Eli Gordon (age 25); a younger brother, Ray Gordon (age 84), and an infant grandson, Brian Reed Smith.
She is survived by her younger brother, Dale Gordon, North Carolina; seven children, Lora Smith, Jan Klingler, Elaine Adams, Deena Grow, Barbara Lloyd, Jay Christensen, and Kristine Davis. Bob and Lois are both greatly missed by their children, 48 grandchildren and 73 great- grandchildren.
Lois was born in Victor, Idaho and enjoyed growing up with her brothers on the family farm. Her childhood years included hours of play and association with her cousins and friends. She did very well in school and so was able to skip the third grade. Her older brother, Eli, became ill at age 9, with ulcerative colitis. When it came time for him to go to Ricks College, he waited one more year so that she could go with him so that she might give him shots each day. She completed a two-year certificate in teaching. She served as a missionary in the Northwestern States Mission, came home and began teaching school in Idaho Falls, and then fell in love with Robert Christensen. They were married on June 9, 1949 in the Idaho Falls Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
They raised six daughters and one son in various parts of Idaho, Drummond, Montana, and Kalispell, Montana. Lois loved to clean closets, quilt, garden, bake bread for family and neighbors, and help children learn to read, play the piano, and sing. She served tirelessly in the church women’s organization and children’s organization. Lois taught 4th grade for nearly 20 years at the Evergreen School in Kalispell She put much effort and worry into helping each child learn to read well. She worked in the church genealogy library for many years. She retired from teaching school at age 65, at which time she began taking piano lessons and practicing the organ regularly. Before long she was serving as the ward organist at church. She also taught early morning seminary for several years to the high school students in Kalispell. She and Bob then served two full-time missions, one in Charlotte, North Carolina and the other in Billings, Montana. Following their missions, they moved to Kettle Falls, living on Kelly Hill, just a short walk down the road from their daughter. Barbara; her husband Brian Lloyd, and their grandchildren
She was a woman of much faith, sharing many experiences with her family and others, of the Lord’s influence in her life and answers to her prayers. She will be so missed by all who knew her. We are so thankful for her love and to have been able to call her Mother, Grandmother, and friend. We look forward to our future with her in the eternities.
Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Colville. The Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Colville has been entrusted with arrangements.
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