Yvonne Chamberlain Christensen passed away peacefully Friday, July 25, 2014, while asleep in her home in Monticello, UT.
Born December 23, 1934 to Wilford “Hugh” and Ramona (Anderson) Chamberlain, she is predeceased by her parents and a grandson, Alex Davis.
She has lived a full life and sacrificed much for her family. She will be missed by all who know her.
Her sunny disposition and constant optimism cheered all those with whom she came in contact.
A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she had a very strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
She served other people tirelessly, sending six of her children on full-time missions, and encouraging many grandchildren to follow suit.
She served in presidencies for the Primary and Relief Society in her local wards.
As a child, Yvonne lived in St. George, UT; Provo, UT; Alton, UT; Logandale, NV; and Orderville, UT where she graduated from Valley High School.
She later graduated from Dixie Junior College in the spring of 1955.
She married John William Burr in St George, UT June 7, 1955. They had 14 children and, while raising their children, lived in Germany, California, Illinois, Missouri, and Utah. The two divorced in February of 1977.
In 1980, Yvonne graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She subsequently taught for ten years in the Alpine School District, Utah, at Geneva Elementary, Cedar Fort Elementary, and Suncrest Elementary.
Yvonne loved her children and made her life to revolve around them. Music was an integral part of her life and became a steady feast of love for her and her family.
She and her children spent many hours gathered around her piano singing to her accompaniment. Additionally, she encouraged her children to learn to play musical instruments and become involved in music both in church and school. Her love for her family was often expressed through music and gathering to sing.
Yvonne married Hyram J. “Buckley” Christensen on March 29, 1996 and the two were sealed for eternity in the Provo, UT Temple on June 11, 1996.
She found tremendous, renewed joy and happiness with Buckley. They made their home in Monticello, UT. Together, they spent many happy days roaming the countryside of San Juan County, counting deer and looking for bears.
There she served in the Monticello Family History Center from 2003 to 2006. She became a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers organization and enjoyed fellowship with them.
Yvonne is survived by her husband, Hyrum J. “Buckley” Christensen and her 14 children and their spouses. Sons John Clark Burr and William Jason (Amy) Burr. Daughters Deslie Ann Burr (Gordan) Davis, Mary Lynn Burr (Drew) Major, Susan Kay Burr (Gale) Swanson, Laurie Jean Burr Gerow, Carol Burr (Jeff) Warner, Joan Burr (Doug) Bunting, Janine Elise Burr (Curtis) Converse, Raven (Davee) Chandler, Linda Michaels (Ken) Laine, Janet Ellen Burr (Bryan) Nelson, Jennifer Lea “Jen” Burr Budge, and Wendi Elizabeth Burr (Keith) Dabbs. She is also survived by five brothers and sisters: Fae Donna (Garry) Graf, John David (Donna) Chamberlain, Lucille (Earl) Carden, Sherry (John) Misel, and Brent (Kathy) Chamberlain.
Also surviving are two stepsons and three stepdaughters: Monte, Mike, Marylee, Marsha and Mitzi, as well as their spouses and children. Yvonne also leaves 44 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and many, many nieces and nephews.