Margery Ann Christensen
May 6, 1928 – October 1, 2020
Funeral services for Margery Ann “Marge” Christensen, 92, of Chamberlain, SD, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, at Hickey Funeral Chapel of Chamberlain, SD.
Visitation began one hour prior to the funeral services on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, at Hickey Funeral Chapel of Chamberlain, SD.
Burial was at Riverview Cemetery in Chamberlain, SD.
Margery Ann “Marge” Christensen died Oct. 1, 2020, at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, SD, at the age of 92.
Margery Ann “Marge” Christensen was born May 6, 1928, at Chamberlain, SD, to Arthur and Carrie (Picek) Martin.
She attended school in Pukwana, SD.
On Feb. 26, 1947, Marge was united in marriage to Victor D. Christensen at Belle Fourche, SD. The marriage to Victor taught her how to be a farming and ranching wife.
She lived her entire life in Brule County of South Dakota. During her early years, she was a homemaker and raised her three children. She loved to cook and bake. She learned to garden and can produce, especially pickles and tomatoes. This was a trait she passed on to her family.
A favorite hobby was collecting cookbooks and hundreds of recipes. For years she worked at Sunset Valley Haven Nursing Home in Chamberlain, SD, where she learned her passion for cooking and baking. At the age of 79, she retired. She was often praised for her cooking abilities and later in life, she overcame a new challenge by learning to use a computer.
Bowling was her favorite hobby and fun part of life. Her teammates, Marge Gunter, Joan Myers, Martha Martin, Mary Korzan and Sheila LaVoy had many adventures together, including a trip to Las Vegas in the 1970s.
She loved to fish and play in the sunshine with a special lifelong friend and cousin, Delilah Westre. They had great fun together. Both recently celebrated their 92nd birthdays this year.
Marge was a typical farmer and rancher’s wife and loved the country. A drive through the country to look at crops in the fields, cattle and harvesting was a great day to her. Often these drives involved a vanilla ice cream cone – a favorite.
Marge was initiated on Nov. 24, 1952, into the Chamberlain No. 66 Order of the Eastern Star and was a member for over 67 years.
Family was very important to her and she followed their activities. Recently she had two great granddaughters voted as homecoming queens – Lillyanna Wagner at Wall, SD, and Emma Powers at Chamberlain, SD, with Skylie Wagner as an attendant. She was very excited to be able to see videos
and photos of the ceremonies and parades.
She loved trees and insisted on letting every volunteer Chinese elm and cottonwood tree grow in her yard to the dismay of some of the family.
We all have a favorite funny story about grandma. We will miss her and she will always be part of our lives. She has passed on positive qualities of strength, determination, resilience and a hard working tradition.
Grateful for having shared her life are her two sons, Russ Christensen and Karen Yeaton of Edgemont, SD, and Pete Christensen and wife, Nancy of Chamberlain, SD; a daughter, Christo Fees of Chamberlain, SD; a sister, Carol Douville; eight grandchildren, Kalley Ann Strong and husband, Ron, Russell Christensen and Katie, Jessica Wagner and husband, Toby, Cadena Powers and husband, Shawn, Cash Fees and Merissa, Grant Christensen and wife, Jessica, Garret Christensen and wife, Rilee and Bradee Pazour and husband, Joel; 19 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor D. Christensen; her parents, Arthur and Carrie Martin; a brother, Homer Martin; a son-in-law, Jerry Fees; a daughter-in-law, Deb Christensen and a great grandson, Chet Cole Christensen.
Hickey Funeral Chapel of Chamberlain, SD, was in charge of arrangements.
The obituary may be seen at www.hickeyfuneralchapel.com.