HURON — Jean Christensen, 88, of Huron, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019, at SunQuest Healthcare Center.
Her funeral service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Welter Funeral Home in Huron with burial to follow in Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.
D. Jean Baxter was born October 28, 1930, in Chicago, Ill. to parents Rev. Dr. Nelson I. and Marjorie (Fuggle) Baxter. During childhood, she lived in several states and cities throughout the Midwest where her father had pastorate in Congregational-UCC Churches. She graduated from Central High School in Sioux City, Iowa.
Jean attended Yankton College and graduated from Morningside College with her Bachelor of Art’s Degree in June 1952. She worked at Southern State Teacher College in Springfield, secretary of the Congregational Church from 1955 to 1959 and S.D. Council of Churches from 1956 to 1959. Jean’s most rewarding work came as a Special Education/Title Aide from 1970 to 1991 for Huron Public Schools.
Jean married Ron Christensen on July 6, 1952 in Sioux City, Iowa. Jean was a member of First Congregational Church and participated in choir for many years. In their free time, Jean and Ron enjoyed taking many trips around the USA and Canada in their camper. Jean was very dedicated to her family, never missing an activity of her children and grandchildren.
Jean is survived by her three children, Pam (Terry) Miedema of Huron, Daniel (Julie) Christensen of Madison Wisc., and Nancy (Alvin) Haugen of Aberdeen; five grandchildren, Anne (Ron) Zemlicka-Hayes, Justin (Alisha) Miedema, Cassandra (Dan) Peck, Miranda Haugen, and Brianna Haugen; two great-grandchildren, Emma Zemlicka-Hayes, and Jameson Miedema; and sister, Winifred Mading of Milwaukee, Wisc..
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ron in February 2019; and four infant sons.
Jean and Ron are now walking together hand in hand for eternity!