Beverly Y. Christensen, age 87, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Avera Creighton Care Centre in Creighton, Nebraska.
Memorial services are 10:30 AM, February 10, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Wildermuth officiating. Inurnment will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Irene, South Dakota. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Beverly was born February 9, 1926 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Earl and Grace (Rude) Wharton. Beverly was the only child in her immediate family. She treasured the close relationships she had with her many cousins as she grew to adulthood. She grew up in the rural area east of Yankton. She graduated from Yankton High School in 1943 and then furthered her education by attending Sacred Heart School of Nursing where became a registered nurse. On May 30, 1947, she married Jerome A. Christensen at Trondhjem Lutheran Church in rural Volin, South Dakota. After their marriage, Beverly and Jerome lived in Irene where they started their family. The couple owned and operated J & L Market until 1960. The couple then purchased the Mission Hill Locker and moved their family to Yankton. After the move to Yankton Beverly once again worked as a Registered Nurse at the South Dakota Human Services Center in staff development and on the admission wards and later at Sister James Care Center as a geriatric nurse. In 1982, after the death of her husband Jerome she moved to Denver, Colorado where she worked as a community health nurse and as a psychiatric nurse at Fort Logan Mental Health Facility. Beverly retired in 1991 and moved back to Yankton.
Beverly spent her retirement years as an active volunteer in the Yankton community. She enjoyed working on the Yankton County Election Board, mentoring individuals with mental illness who were living in the community and she also volunteered at the Yankton Senior Center by delivering Meals on Wheels to individual in their homes. Beverly was an involved member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Beverly's spiritual life was very important to her. She lived her life as an example to others of her deep faith and dedication to social justice for all people. She showed great love to her family and her friends. Her greatest joy in later life was the time she gave to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Beverly also enjoyed traveling, bowling, golfing and playing cards with her great friends in Yankton. Her smile will never be forgotten.
Beverly is survived by children: Jane (David) Davidson of Center, NE, Kaylene Henry of Yankton, Keith (Vicky) Christensen of Midland, MI and Lisa (George) Krueger of Sioux Falls; daughter-in-law Carol Christensen of Yankton, wife of deceased son Barry Christensen; 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Beverly was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerome on February 10, 1976; her two sons, Daniel and Barry; an infant daughter, Mary; and two granddaughters, Angela and Livia.
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I'm so sorry to hear about Beverly. She was a great lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Patricia (Christensen) Nichelson
Jane and family - Our thoughts are with you during this time of remembrance of your dearest mother. Her delightful and cheery presence will always be remembered.
Dan & Joanie Waldow
Jane and family,
My Mom and Dad told me this morning about your Mom's passing. So sorry to hear the news. I remember you and your family from your days in Irene. Your mom was a very gracious woman. God bless you all. Linda Olsen Harless
Linda Olsen Harless
Sorry to hear of Beverly's passing. She was always so nice to me and I remember visiting her and Jerome at the Mission Hill locker (there wasn't that much to do in Mission Hill) and watching the animals get butchered. Best wishes during this sad time.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I have wonderful memories of visiting your mother when I was younger and during yearly trips to Yankton in more recent years. She was a caring, lovely, fun person, who was always glad to see us! I will miss her.
Jane, Kaylene, and Family,
Your Mom was such a wonderful person. I have very fond memories of her, and your family. Such a beautiful tribute for her. My Mom thought so much of Beverly. So much history there. Feel peace knowing she'll always be there in your heart.
Deb Nelson, from AZ
Lisa ..brothers and sisters ...so happy I had to chance to see when I did Lisa at the hospital and give u a hug ....so sorry for your loss your mother ...she was an outstanding classy and professional woman of her era ...she waited many years to see your Dad may you all find comfort and strength in mourning the loss of your Mother at this difficult time ...my prayers and thoughts are with you all ,,,God Bless
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