Ruth Maxine Christensen

November 29, 1933 ~ December 22, 2020

Ruth Maxine Christensen passed away peacefully at home in Monticello, UT on December 22, 2020.

Maxine was born November 29, 1933 in Blanding to Ruth and Guy Palmer. She was the second child of 4.

Maxine graduated from San Juan High School in 1952. After graduation she moved to California to work. While living in California she met and married Elton Russell. To this union a daughter, Nancy Lynn, was born.

Following a divorce, Maxine and her daughter moved back to Blanding. Maxine met and married Kenneth Robert Christensen from Monticello in 1955 where they made a home together.

They were then blessed with a daughter, Kena Lee, and a son, Michael Von. She and Ken shared 61 years together, just shy of three months.

Maxine was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She and Ken were sealed in the Manti Temple in 1966. At the time of her passing, she was a devoted member of her church.

Maxine worked various jobs as a secretary, then in 1966 she was hired by the National Park Service as an Information Specialist/Receptionist until her retirement in 1991.

Maxine loved this job as she got to meet and talk to people from all over the world. This sparked her love for travel.

She went on several cruises and traveled to Russia, Israel, Italy, England, Spain, Australia, and many other countries. She made friends wherever she went; she loved people.

Maxine and Ken were welcomed to live in the home of Nancy and Gary in 2016 to have assistance with medical issues. Several months later Ken passed away.

Maxine spent the last four years enjoying visits and phone calls from her family and friends. She never lost her desire for traveling. She loved shopping, gardening, the Utah Jazz, and anything that involved her dear family and friends.

Maxine is survived by her daughter, Nancy Lynn (Gary) Dunow, and son, Michael Von (Callie) Christensen; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Virginia.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Ken, daughter Kena, brother Bert, and sister Geniveve.

There will be no services per request of Maxine.

Card of thanks
The family of Maxine Christensen would like to thank Zions Way Home Health and Hospice for their loving care and Dr. Jeppson, Dr. Nielson, and Danny Palmer for their kindness and in helping us make hard decisions.

The Monticello First Ward for their company and gifts. Etta for the comforting foot rubs. Family and friends for your visits.

We would also like to thank all those for the beautiful flowers, cards, and delicious food. Monticello is a great place to live. Maxine will be dearly missed.

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