Mary Elizabeth Christensen
Mary Elizabeth Christensen, 91, passed away August 19,2017, at Vacaville Convalescent home. Mary was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She met her husband during World War II at a Red Cross dance, and on the dance floor they fell in love. She came to the United States, by herself, to marry “her Tommy” and paved the way for the rest of her family to follow and prosper. Her first home in the states was in Wisconsin, later retiring to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., then moving to Vacaville, Calif., to be closer to her daughters.
Always the traveler, she took many journeys around the world. She loved life and didn’t want to leave it, but she knew that the next journey would be wonderful as well. Mary’s kind and loving spirit always kept her volunteering for different causes throughout her life, and even at the end she donated her body to science to continue to help others. The other side of Mary was a strong and stubborn woman. She survived three back surgeries, breast cancer, and battled Parkinson’s for the last 10 years of her life — and still the smile never faded. Not letting the pain stop her, she played bingo every day and bridge as often as she could. Mary’s heart may have failed her but it will live on in all of us. She was full of love and will not be forgotten!
Mary was known for throwing the best parties, especially St. Patrick’s Day, and never missed anyone else’s! Some of her last words were “No tears at my party.”
We shall have a Celebration of Life party in her honor and we know she will be participating in a big party upstairs.
Mary is joining her husband, Tommy; son John; and many other family members that have preceded her to the party in the sky.
Mary is survived by her son James (Jeanne) Christensen, and daughters Pamela (Fred) Schultz and Patricia (Steve) Spencer. She also left many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, two sisters, cousins and so many more here to keep on partying!
The service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 350 Stinson Ave., Vacaville, CA 95688, on Friday, September 1, at 10 a.m. followed by a celebration party at Patty and Steve’s house.
Sorry Mom, but tears may be shed.