Marlys Christensen, 87
Nov. 2, 1927 — Oct. 8, 2015

Marlys Faye Christensen (nee Brownson) passed away peacefully at Lawlis Family Hospice, Mequon, on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, at the age of 87 years. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 715 Sixth Ave., Grafton, WI 53024. Inurnment will take place at Vangen Lutheran Cemetery in Mission Hill, S.D., at a later date. A memorial visitation will be held at Grace Lutheran church on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Memorials to Grace Lutheran Church are appreciated. Many thanks to all the care givers at Lawlis Family Hospice for their tender care of Marlys and her family. Please visit to view the Marlys F. Christensen video tribute or to send online condolences to the Christensen Family.

Marlys was born in Sioux City, Iowa on Nov. 2, 1927, the youngest of five, to the late Ernest and Ethel Brownson. At the age of 2, her father passed and the family moved to a farm near Mission Hill, S.D. During the Depression and seven years of drought, the family was forced to sell the farm and move to Yankton, S.D.

In 1945, Marlys graduated from Yankton High School and moved to Washington, D.C., to work as a government girl in the munitions department. She became homesick, ensuing her move back to Yankton, where she met Harold Christensen at a dance.

Harold and Marlys were united in marriage in 1950, and relocated to Beloit for work. Shortly after, they were blessed with two children, Scott and Cheryl. Following a short move to Milwaukee, the family moved to Grafton in 1967, where Marlys and Harold were active members at Grace Lutheran Church.

In 1981, Marlys and Harold moved again, to Tulsa, Okla., to start a business. After two years in Tulsa, Marlys and Harold’s marriage ended and she returned to Grafton, working as a secretary for the Grafton School District superintendent, until her retirement. Marlys became one of the first residents at the Berskshire Senior Apartments and was known for giving a helping hand as well as being the person to call for a ride. There was hardly an event that she didn’t attend.

An avid golfer all the way into her late 70s, Marlys enjoyed many activities in her free time. She loved word puzzles and games, including a weekly Scrabble game with a dear friend. Marlys enjoyed playing cards, including bridge, poker and sheepshead, as well as Uno, Yahtzee and Dominos with her family and friends. Never known to turn down a fish fry or Sunday brunch, Marlys’ true love was to be around the people she loved.

Marlys will be remembered as a loving person who was loved in return by many. That love and kindness will be remembered by all that knew her and her love will live on through them. She will be greatly missed, but Marlys’ faith in the Lord Almighty is a testament to us all.

Marlys is survived by her loving children, Scott (Jane) Christensen and Cheryl (Gregg) Biedermann. She is the cherished grandmother of Karin (Devon) Stewart, Laura Christensen, Cassie (Dave) Sawyer and Megan Biedermann Sawyer. Marlys is the proud great-grandmother of Silas Perry, Isaiah Perry and Devon Stewart. She was preceded in death by her father, Ernest; mother, Ethel; stepfather, Walter Bruget; sister, Ruby Mae Pittman; and brothers, Leslie Eugene and Forrest Dean Brownson.