Shirley Ann Christianson
Shirley Christianson, 82, Lake Mills, passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 at her home. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Joice, with Pastor Bill Peters officiating. A memorial visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the church. Inurnment will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Estherville. Shirley’s family suggests memorials be made to the local Food Bank Lake Mills.
Shirley Ann Christianson was born Aug. 31, 1937, the daughter of Harley and Phyllis (Shirley) Higley.
After a short game of cat and mouse between the two, Shirley and Bennie Christianson began dating and fell in love. They were married June 28, 1959 in Estherville, and soon thereafter blessed with three beautiful (but at times obnoxious) children: Lori, Michael, and David.
Together, Shirley and Bennie farmed for several years near Emmetsburg, before moving over to the Joice area where they continued to farm. Shirley spent her time ensuring all operations at the Christianson household ran smoothly and efficiently, but still had time to enjoy her hobbies. She was an avid quilter, a baker of the finest chocolate chip cookies this world has seen, an active member in her church circle, and a voracious reader.
Additionally, Shirley could be found enthusiastically watching her favorite sports teams—the Twins, Vikings, and Cyclones. (She liked the Hawkeyes too, but she wouldn’t want us to talk about that too much.) Above all, she adored her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was so immensely proud of each and every one of them and cherished spending time with them whenever she had the chance.
Forever a lover and a pursuer of education, Shirley attended Morningside College, Sioux City, to become a teacher. She taught school in Sac City and Northwood, where she was surely beloved by all students. Later in life, she would use her grammar skills as an editor and proofreader at Stoyles Graphic Services. (These skills became transferrable, as she needed them down the road to help children and grandchildren write coherent essays.) She also provided her expertise to the Worth County 4-H program as a club leader. Shirley was a jack of all trades whose knowledge never failed to help those around her.
Survivors include her three children: Lori Christianson, Michael (Lisa) Christianson, and David (Codi) Christianson; six wonderful grandchildren: Drew (Mandy) Messerschmidt, Kristin Messerschmidt, Ivy (Paul Soener) Christianson, Emma (Tim Runde) Christianson, Tuff (Brennan Banks) Christianson, and Colt (Shayla) Christianson; three great-grandchildren: Auron, Isley, and Hattie. brother and sister-in-law Carroll and Mary Christianson; several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bennie, in 2014; one sister, Mary Brown, and her children, Holly and Eric Brown.