Carol Ann Leavitt Christensen, truly beloved by her family and friends, was the first of six children born to Jesse James and Phoebe Reeves Leavitt. While insisting she was going to die at the age of 88, she passed away of congestive heart failure at 87, just two days short of her birthday. Close enough. Her birthday will be grandly celebrated in Heaven with loved ones who preceded her including son Dirk (Laura) Christensen, grandson Carson Koch, her parents, sister Arden (Ray) Mandet and many in-laws and nieces and nephews.
Mom loved her TV shows and religiously recorded programs to watch, especially The Walking Dead and the Utah Jazz games. She was very intelligent and loved studying the scriptures and reading more about the last days and spent countless hours doing genealogy work. She also loved decorating for any and every holiday, which her family found endlessly entertaining and exhausting. She was an amazing event planner, coordinating camping trips to Moosehorn and cruise ship adventures, but her favorites were family Christmas and Easter parties. She and dad would host the annual Christensen Easter Egg Hunt which proved to be an athletic event attended by all family (and some friends) searching their acreage for candy eggs and money and later filling up on homemade cinnamon rolls, boiled eggs and bacon while counting up their booty. She generously opened the beautiful home dad built her to others often having people visit or live with them. She also loved her outings with her sisters and friends (especially when they ended up in Wendover or Mesquite), chocolate donuts, shopping at Kohl's, and getting her nails done.
She is survived by Glen Oviatt Christensen, her eternal companion for over 70 years, whom she coaxed into exercising and healing after a fall resulting in a brain bleed that should have left her widowed four years ago; and six of her seven children: Roxann (John) Glassey, Sandy, Utah; Debra (Kent) Lundgreen, Providence, Utah; Lance (Becky) Christensen, Bluffdale, Utah; Chad (Kristen) Christensen, South Jordan, Utah; Jody (Chris) Koch, St. George, Utah; and Shawn (Molly) Christensen, St. George, Utah. Her siblings, Margaret (Stan) Price, Maureen (Jerry) Beck, Sandra (Ron) Carter, and Jay (Lois) Christensen. And numerous nieces and nephews.
Carol was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and her greatest calling was that of mother where she taught her children to love Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Her family recognized her prayers were so powerful they often called to ask her to pray for someone in need. And Heaven help you if she decided you needed prayers because that was a guarantee that something or someone would come into your life to shape you up. She was adored by many in her life because she paid attention to people
Mom's Wisdom: What comes around, goes around. and made them feel needed. She leaves behind a legacy of 7 children, 28 grandchildren and 51 great grandchildren (so far). Every one of them can tell stories about why they knew she loved them and many will weep at her passing.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, October 10 at Memorial Estates Lake Hills location, 10055 S State St, Sandy, UT from 11:00 - 12:00.
The service will also be available live via Zoom:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the viewing from 10:30 - 11:00 will be for close family members only.
Please send flowers, if desired, to Lake Hills before the service.
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Glenn and family,
I have so many fond memories of spending time with your family growing up! Carol and my mother have been best friends since before I was born and my mother always said Carol is the sister she never had. I always remember Carol as kind, sweet and loving. Always a smile on her face and often laughing! My two children and husband were lucky enough to meet you and Carol on the few occasions you welcomed us into your home when we were visiting from out of town. My kids remember how nice you both were to them and all the cool toys you had in your basement!
My heart goes out to you and your family at this time! Carol was an amazing woman and she will be remembered fondly by many!
Dear Glenn and kids....
I'm broken hearted...the Spirit said, Call Carol"...and I said - later, I will. I am so sorry I didn't act as prompted. She was my best walking friend and sister. Glenn, our thoughts and prayers for you as you carry on for a little while without her. She was always ready to go home..so, no need to worry. What a great and tender reunion with Dirk and precious grandson, Carson.
to all of her children...she was always valiant...so, carry on her example and make her proud.
Love and prayers...Mary and Peter