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Doris Mae Rowe Christensen passes away May 22, 2013

Doris’s funeral was held May 28, 2013. Bishop David Baldwin conducted. Musical numbers were by her grandchildren: “Be Still My Soul” by Emily Meyer and Marilyn Spillers; “Abide with Me” by Emily, Marilyn and Sam and Jack Slade. Karen Slade was the accompanist. Karen also gave the eulogy. April Anderson gave a tribute and introduced the Nevada Legislature’s resolution about Doris Christensen. David J. Christensen and David Baldwin gave talks. The display, video, family gathering, grave dedication and luncheon were all wonderful. Thanks to the her ward Relief Society and to Palm Mortuary for their service to the family.

Following is a short synopsis of her history given on the back of the program:
Doris Mae Rowe Christensen, our mother, was born on Halloween, October 31, 1927 in Kanarraville, Utah, in the home of her Grandmother Williams. Her parents Mae Williams and Lewis E. Rowe had recently moved to Las Vegas to teach art and music at Las Vegas High School. Mother grew up on the outskirts of town, living at Ninth and Bonneville with her brother Berry and her sister Marie. Because of her father’s illness, Mother was frequently called upon to be the substitute choir director her junior and senior years of high school. After graduation she attended three quarters at BYU. On April 1, 1947 she married our dad, Vern J Christensen, in the St. George temple. Their first child, David, was born in Boulder City. Mom and Dad moved to Riverside, California where Dad started his own jewelry business and Julia, Paul, and Karen were born. Missing family in Las Vegas, they sold the business and returned to work in the family jewelry store. Dad, his brothers, and his parents all built homes next to each other on Lacy Lane where Joan was born. After Dad had a heart attack, Mother decided to go back to college and graduated in 1971 from UNLV with a degree in elementary education. she taught third grade for 16 years at Wengert and Griffith Elementary Schools. After she retired, Mom and Dad built a family cabin in Beaver, Utah. She attended Anna Peterson’s scripture study group, and joined the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. She served a mission in the family history library and as an ordinance worker at the Las Vegas temple. In 1997, Mom and Dad were called as office missionaries in the Anaheim, California mission. she held many callings in the Ninth Ward, but we will best remember her in Primary where she was chorister to her children and President to her grandchildren.

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Beth and Joy have presented a 3 day conference on doing family history, focusing on our family. We are having a great time and learning a lot.

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Books now in Distribution

There are 3 pickup points for the new book–Hazel Christensen: Her Ancestors. They are Orem, Utah; South Jordan, Utah; and Las Vegas, Nevada. Some books have been mailed already, if postage was pre-paid. We are very pleased with the finished product and we plan to post the chapters here soon. We also ended up ordering about 6 extras if anyone needs another one.

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Something’s Comin’, Something Good (cue West Side Story music)

Yes, the long-awaited third and final volume of Christensen family history is going to press THIS WEEK. I should say Johnson family history because this book is all about Hazel Johnson Christensen and her ancestors. And believe me, she has a lot of them–all very interesting. We continued to receive new material as we worked on this and finally had to say–enough!

Just last week a cousin sent me the deed to Jens Jorgensen’s (James Johnson Sr.) land in Brigham City and Annalee researched out some very interesting historical connections that explained it.

Other “new for the first time ever” history contained in this book are:

  • the transcription of Lawrence Hoke’s thrasher invention and a picture of his patent
  • the amazing revelation that Jens Jorgensen’s sister Maren also joined the LDS Church, but stayed in Denmark
  • the story of the German twin boys who died before they were “baptized” and thus had no recorded names
  • an updated and completely illustrated version of James Johnson’s mission journal
  • stories of our miraculous connections with many previously unknown cousins with the very information we needed
  • family “mini” reports of our Danish ancestry back to Jens and Marie’s (James and Mary Johnson) great-grandparents
  • the updated version of the recipe for floating island pudding and
  • the pattern for the heirloom knitted lace that adorns the pillowcases Grandma made for us.

We have done much more research in the Danish and German records, verifying and adding to much of the information we “inherited.” We tried to be as all-inclusive as we can in this book, resulting again in a very hefty volume without a hefty price.

Contact Adele Matthews or send an email to ( now to reserve your copy of this book. We will NOT be ordering many extras. Watch this site for the updated price and projected distribution information.

PS A limited number of books containing MJ Christensen’s ancestry information are still available. Contact (

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Our wonderful Family reunion

On June 19th, the M Joy and Hazel Family met at the old Jewelry store at 856 E. Sahara. There were stories told, memories renewed and relationships forged as we remembered our mother’s and talked and laughed and ate. Each of the families honored their mother’s with wonderful displays of their life and times. Many went on a tour of the Jewelery store and remembered bygone years. Don brought the two wing-backed chairs, the table and the lamp that sat forever in the home at 710 Lacy Lane. Many memories of M Joy and Hazel holding court with their family came to our minds as we saw and sat in those chairs. (we just wished we had the ottoman with the fringe to braid!!)

All four of the uncles were there and took some time at the mike telling stories and jokes and generally making us all feel welcome. Many “made jewelery at the Jewelery store” as we made beaded earrings and leather wrist bands to help us remember the good times.

Earlier in the day, some of us went to Woodlawn cemetary to decorate graves and then over to Wayne and Jill Christensen’s home to swim. Many thanks to Susie Whitney and her family for their hours of work and planning that helped us put it all together.

It was decided that the M Joy and Hazel reunion would be held every 5 years, so the next one is scheduled for 2015 and the Paul Christensen family will be in charge. Hope to see you in 2015!!!

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Downloads Available for New Book

Jacob Breinholt gave Annalee and I a quick over-the-phone lesson on FTP stuff and Annalee immediately did the work necessary to make the PDFs for the book M.J. Christensen: His Ancestors available for downloading. (I followed her directions to finish while she had Family Home Evening.) Click “member content” on the upper menu, then click the “files for download” and  select the name of the chapter(s) you would like to download. Thank you, thank you, Annalee and Jacob.

There are still books available all printed out and hard-bound–order from Adele Matthews, Joy, Annalee, Beth, or send a message to this site.

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Pictures from the reunion

Judy Scott visited recently and gave me several pictures from the recent Christensen reunion.  Log in, follow the link and enjoy!  Thanks to Jake for the assistance to accomplish this. PS If anyone has more photos they want to post, let me know.

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Reunion success

Just a little snippet about the reunion–the displays were marvelous, informative, and quite good! Genius idea, every one.

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Christensen Reunion Canceled and Back On

From Wayne and Jill: We will host an “un-official” Christensen family reunion here at our home on June 19th.

We will have a day-long BBQ out by our pool and open our home to all the extended family who would like to gather for a full day of family fun, laughter and visiting. To make the day complete, we will add the family traditions… my famous root beer floats, Wayne’s gourmet hot dogs, Mom’s (Zona) fabulous baked beans and any other family favorites you would like to bring!

If other, vigorous activities (besides swimming) are desired, there are two parks less than a mile from our home.

We have a spare bedroom, our air-conditioned 5th wheel with two bedrooms (sleeps 7), and in our personal, on-site “RV Park” we have RV Parking for up to 5 additional rigs available for those who are traveling distances to attend. We hope you will take advantage, and come to our “un-official” family reunion on the 19th!

Please let us know how many will be coming in your family and if you will be joining the old fashioned “sleep over” at the Wayne Christensen home & RV park.

Addendum from Eric: After talking to Wayne and Judy and Marcus and leaving a message with Gene, it is proposed that Judy sends out a follow up email.

After speaking with several of you and discussing it with my siblings, in addition to Wayne and Jill’s daytime swimming and BBQ and RV hosting, we would like to add a dinner Saturday evening at the Jewelry store building (assuming it is still not leased out instead). We propose that it be pot luck and feature maybe a few activities or presentations that will be light in scope. The calls we received expressed a thoughtful interest in holding the easy going dinner at the jewelry store building as it holds a dear place in many of our hearts.

So, expressing apologies for the confusion and drama, we, Don’s Kids, now invite you to activities as Wayne and Jill outlined in their email PLUS a dinner and evening at the Sahara Jewelry store on June 19th to start at 5pm.

It would be extremely helpful if you let us know if and how many of you will be attending. We know it will be a great pleasure to get together and visit one more time.

Thank you in advance for your timely and thoughtful replies,

Love, The Kids of Don

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MJ Christensen Family Reunion

The Christensen Reunion is Saturday June 19, 2010. Our uncles have agreed to let us use the old MJC jewelry store on E. Sahara for our reunion. The committee is so excited to go to a place that has such family history and memories. The show cases are still there, so they are asking each family to bring pictures and “favorite things” of all our moms and our dear grandma Hazel, who we will be honoring this year. We plan to start the festivities Saturday, June 19th at 10am with games, visiting, getting to know each other things, etc.

If you come into town on Friday, we are organizing a swimming party at Wayne’s home and maybe even a family temple session.  Lunch has been assigned to the families of Carl and Adele. In the afternoon, the Olympics (anyone have a ping pong table and/or a small pool table), jewelry making , the famous Diamond clip, more visiting, puzzles, picture taking, dress-up, preparation of skits, and many more fun things. Dinner has been assigned to the families of Vern and Paul followed by skits, the presentation of “Hazel…this is your life” and a goodbye dance and hoedown.

If you know you are coming, we need a count of how many people plan to attend as soon as possible. However, please come even if you don’t sign up. It will be loads of fun and you will be missed if you are not there.

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