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Velma Charlotte (Anderson) Christensen

January 2, 1918 ~ August 6, 2018 (age 100)

Velma Christensen

Toquerville, Utah

Velma Charlotte Andersen Christensen, 100, passed away August 6, 2018, in Hurricane, Utah. She was born January 2, 1918 at Inverory, Sevier, Utah to Otto Frederick and Vera Bell Christensen Anderson. She married Horace Alden Christensen from Annabella. They were the parents of 3 children: Susan, Jena, and Laurence. They lived for several years in Sevier County, then in the Salt Lake area, before moving to St. George in 1955. A few years later they went to live in Richfield, and then made Springville their home for the next 25 years. Horace died October 9, 1991, and Velma moved to Toquerville, to live with her daughter Susan, in 1999.

Velma was always active in the LDS Church, working in all the auxiliaries and serving as a temple worker in the Provo Temple. She was known in the family as THE genealogist, and she could recall the relationship and history of cousins, aunts and extended family.

Curiosity was one of the most outstanding traits. Whenever she met a new person, "Where are you from?" was often the first of her questions. She collected obituaries like some people collect stamps.

Sewing and quilting were more than hobbies, and she loved working at Barbizon sewing factory in Provo. All that fabric, all those scraps, all those possible quilts. When Horace died, his flannel shirts lived on in quilts, and even some of his overalls did, too!

If you were ever privileged to visit her cellar, you saw rows of bottled raspberries, apricot jam, pickles, and chili sauce. She was always trying something new. She made very good cookies, homemade bread and pies.

As the years went on she had illnesses like a heart attack, heart surgery, 2-3 strokes, shingles, a broken collar bone as an infant, and a broken hip bone in her upper left leg in her high nineties. She has outlived all her brothers and her sister, and their mates. A stroke slowed her down a few years ago, taking her speech and the ability to walk.

She was torn between her desire to see the members of her family who had died, and the curiosity she had for her daily life. If any cause of death can be identified, it was from boredom.

Survivors are her children: Susan and Leon Earl, Jena and George Weight, and Larry and Kathy Christensen.

Funeral services will be held Saturday August 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Toquerville 3rd Ward Chapel, 63 North Toqerville Boulevard, where friends may call from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Annabella Cemetery at 4:00 p.m. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com

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