Caroline Lyman Christensen, 90, of Blanding, UT passed away on September 5, 2014, from natural causes associated with old age.
Caroline’s late husband of 63 years, Douglas Neldon Christensen, preceded her in death, in February of 2011.
Caroline was born in Moab, UT on May 14, 1924, to now-deceased Marvin Finlinson Lyman and Margie Jeanette Hurst Lyman.
Caroline attended public school in Blanding. She enjoyed school immensely.
As a youngster, she took piano lessons for a short time, but she basically taught herself how to play. She would play the piano for dance bands in her youth and for church and community functions for the rest of her life.
She graduated from San Juan High School in 1942, having been active in the school music program and in student government as senior class president.
Caroline entered the United States Cadet Nurse Corps training program, attending the LDS Hospital School of Nursing. She graduated in 1946 as a Registered Nurse.
This nursing degree served her well as a parent and helped her support her husband while he attended graduate school in Maryland.
For a time, Caroline was the nurse for the LDS Church girls’ camp in the Sierra Nevada, and she helped develop and teach a nurse’s aide training course in Blanding.
Over the years, Caroline worked as a part-time nurse in Moab, on the East Coast, and in Antioch, CA.
After her marriage to Doug on June 28, 1947, Caroline was busy with children and church.
Caroline had all of her five children on the East Coast — in Maryland and New Jersey.
In the late 1950s, the family moved to Antioch, CA, where Caroline finished raising her children while holding many leadership positions in the LDS Church.
In the early 1970s, Caroline and Doug moved to Blanding, where they both lived until their deaths.
Caroline loved to travel and visited much of the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, and Japan.
In her younger years, she enjoyed sewing clothes, costumes, and outfits for her children; quilting and tatting, which she learned from her mother; and crocheting.
In her later years, when she was less mobile, she enjoyed reading, doing genealogical indexing, and visiting with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Caroline is survived by her five children: Michael D. (Sidney) Christensen of Blanding; Kirk L. (Sue) Christensen of Rolla, MO; Scot L. (Julene) Christensen of Blanding; Marjorie C. Jones of Aztec, NM; and Suzanne Christensen of Clifton, CO. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren with three additional great-grandchildren on the way, and her brother, Joe Finlinson Lyman.
A viewing and funeral services were held on September 10, 2014, at the Blanding North Chapel. Caroline was interred at the Blanding cemetery next to her husband.