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Mary Christensen Feb. 2, 1920 – Feb. 27, 2017

By Staff | Mar 1, 2017

Funeral services for Mary (Swartz-Holl) Christensen, 97, of Spencer, formerly of Estherville, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church in Estherville. Interment will be at Lincoln Township Cemetery, Dolliver. She died Feb. 27, 2017, at Spencer Municipal Hospital, Spencer. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Mary Eloise (Swartz) Christensen was born on Feb. 2, 1920, to Claude R. and Ruth (Thornton) Swartz in Estherville. She graduated from Estherville High School and then attended one year of Junior College for Business and Education. Mary taught school for one year and then worked for the Estherville Creamery and Wadco. She was united in marriage to Wesley Holl on Nov. 30, 1939. To this marriage six children were born. Wesley passed away on March 20, 1965. Mary was united in marriage to Andrew Christensen on Sept. 20, 1969. Andrew passed away on Nov. 26, 1972. Mary continued to live in Estherville, until moving to Spencer in 2004.

Mary was a past member of the First Presbyterian Church in Estherville and a current member of First Congregational Church in Spencer. She enjoyed being a member of the Presbyterian Woman’s Group, Eastern Star North Star #200, and the Good Samaritan Auxiliary. She enjoyed volunteering her time with the Farm Bureau. In her free time, Mary liked to do crafts, enjoyed reading, and playing cards.

Mary is survived by her children Alan Holl; Janet Moote; Joyce Johnson; Carol (Gerald) Shaw; and David Holl; daughter-in-law O’Rita Holl; 11 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands; son, Gerald; daughter-in-law Mary Ann Holl; son-in-law Norman Johnson; and brothers, Robert and Howard.