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.