Deborah Ann Christenson, Cordillera resident, 1948-2010
July 2, 2010
Deborah Ann Christenson lost her 25-month battle with cancer on the evening of June 29 at Vitas Hospice in Houston.
Debbie was born to Joy O’Neil Garrett and Charles Boswell on Nov. 25, 1948, in Kansas City, Mo. She grew up in Arkansas City, Kan., and married Bruce L. Christenson of Winfield, Kan. They resided for many years in Topeka, Kan., where they raised two daughters. They purchased a home in Cordillera in 2002, where they spent many summers entertaining family and friends. They were married for 42 years.
She loved to work with children. She taught school at Auburn and other elementary schools. She also volunteered at the Topeka Zoo, the Kansas Historical Museum and the Audubon Society of Houston, among other organizations. She was very proud of her grandsons. She loved spending time with them and sharing with them the world of nature.
She enjoyed life’s simple pleasures, such as being outside on a long walk or simply enjoying the birds and flowers in her backyard. A lifelong fitness enthusiast, she enjoyed racquetball, aerobics and especially snowshoeing and hiking. In quieter moments, she loved to read and participated in several book clubs.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, niece and friend. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband, Bruce Christenson; her daughters, Sandy Walker and husband James, and Julie Christenson; her grandsons, Jacob, Scott, Lucas and Brendan Walker; her aunt, Norma Wilson; her sisters, Carole Hope and husband Gary, Teri McGuigan, and Christie Shaw.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Penwell-Gabel Southwest Chapel, 3700 S.W. Wanamaker Road, Topeka. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 5-7 p.m. A private graveside service will follow at Highland Cemetery, Winfield, Kan. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to MD Anderson’s Making Cancer History Campaign.
To leave a special message for the family online, visit http://www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.
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