Carol Jean Christensen

Thursday, January 12, 2023
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On Wednesday, January 4, 2023, Carol Jean Christensen, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away at the age of 79. Carol was born March 28, 1943, to Leonard and Marie (Setera) Lutgen in Billings, Montana. She grew up on a wheat farm in Rapelje with her three siblings. She attended a one-room schoolhouse (Peterson Elementary School of Stillwater County) until graduating from the 8th grade. Carol was a student at Billings Central Catholic High School, graduating in 1961. She was active in 4-H, entering up to 29 sewing projects at one time and walking away with mostly blue ribbons. She played the piano and participated in the Chorus, Flag Corp, and Pep Club. She was also a member of the Thespian Society. Following graduation, Carol attended the University of Montana from 1961-1963. She majored in French and Social Studies with thoughts of becoming a flight attendant. She was a Corridor Secretary and learned to ski.

Carol met Richard Lee Christensen in 1961. They dated for two years before getting married on December 28th, 1963, at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral in Billings. They recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary.

They moved to Park City in 1975, purchased a 40-acre ranch, where they built their home and raised two children, Vince & Monica. They also raised various animals on their “funny farm.”

Carol wore many hats while working at C&D Warehouse. She worked as a bookkeeper, secretary, and office manager for nearly 27 years before retiring in 2008. Following retirement, Carol & family focused on raising and expanding their prize registered Red Angus herd.

Anyone who knew Carol knew she was on the move from sunup until sundown, growing a garden and flowers, canning produce, maintaining a clean home, and doing everything else that a ranch woman does on the side (helping with haying, feeding livestock, chasing cattle, branding, etc.). She was dubbed the “Kitchen Window Boss” as she didn’t miss a thing. Carol was an avid reader, liked crosswords, playing Scrabble to keep her mind sharp, and loved to scrapbook. She cherished and was blessed with many friends. She never missed a daily phone chat with her sister and best friend, Helen. She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids. Her favorite pastime was tracking up every mountainside in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho with her snowmobile. She cherished the 37 years of memories from all the snowmobiling trips with family, friends, and grandchildren.

Carol will be remembered for her sense of humor, constantly joking that she wanted her obituary to state she died from ODTAA (“One dam thing after another”). She fought a lengthy battle with COPD, and even in her final days, she still managed to make us laugh with her sharp-witted humor.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, brother Ted, niece Michelle, brother-in-law Jim Klein, in-laws Clara & Clifford Christensen, and grandson Carson Christensen.

Carol is survived by her spouse, Richard; children Vince Christensen (Veronica) and Monica Spini (Mike); grandchildren Seth, Sarah, and Sophia; sisters Helen Blee (Ralph) and Marilyn Klein; sister-in-law Mary Lutgen; three brothers- in-law, two sisters-in-law, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A special thank you to family and friends for their love and support during this difficult time.

We would also like to thank Stillwater Hospice. Services will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Laurel, MT, on January 21st, 2023 @ 11:00 AM. There will be a reception to follow. Carol was a breast cancer survivor and felt no child should suffer from cancer. In lieu of flowers, Carol would have wanted donations sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.



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