Obituary: Christiansen, Miriam Kathleen
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It is in celebration, mourning, and love that we remember our beloved sister, aunt, and friend, Miriam Kathleen “Katie” Christiansen.
At 92 years old, Katie peacefully returned to the arms of her Lord, husband, and parents on October 6th, 2012.
Katie was born to Edward and Harriet Wolf at the family home near Tekoa, Washington on July 30, 1920. She grew up in Deer Park, Washington and lived there for the rest of her life. As a young girl, she enjoyed sports, even winning top honors at the State level for her role as the point guard on the basketball team. She went on to graduate in the class of 1938.
Following graduation, Katie was an active member of the Deer Park community, sharing her wisdom and kind heart with everybody she met. She fell in love and married Carl H. Christiansen in 1957. They spent years working hand-in-hand for the City of Deer Park, him the maintenance supervisor, and her the city treasurer for 32 years. She was also an incredibly involved Methodist, helping to build the Deer Park United Methodist Church, singing in the choir, and attending church every Sunday. Her faith and integrity in the Lord guided her throughout her life.
After retirement, she enjoyed many years of traveling with her husband throughout the United States. When not traveling, she enjoyed gardening, and spending time with her family. She always welcomed her home and her arms to her many nieces and nephews.
Katie spent her final seven years with her niece, Linda Clarkson, in Deer Park with whom she shared a very special bond. Her final month was spent at Willow Grove Care Facility. The family gives endless appreciation to the wonderful caregivers there as well as Horizon Hospice for their kindness and making Katie’s final months comfortable.
She is preceded in death by her dear husband, Carl H. Christiansen, and survived by her sister, Mary Zimmerer, as well as numerous nieces, nephews great-nieces, and great-great-nieces.
Katie was endlessly generous, open hearted, and was always willing to help others without hesitation. All who had the pleasure to know her were better people for having met her and she will be deeply missed by so many. “Weep for me awhile, but now let me fly!!”
Funeral service will be at 2:00 PM, TODAY, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at the Deer Park Methodist Church with Pastor Sue Robinson officiating followed with interment in the Woodland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Katie’s name to the United Methodist Church, PO Box 368, Deer Park, WA 99006, or the Union Gospel Mission, 1224 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99202.
LAUER FUNERAL HOME, DEER PARK, WASHINGTON