Mina Maxine Christensen passed away 1 day after her 100th birthday, on August 22, 2021. She was looking forward to her special day, August 21, 2021; but, one week before her big celebration she had a tragic fall outside of her house while she was watering her flowers. There were many prayers and lots of wonderful care from the staff at Powell Hospital and the Billings Clinic. She was able to be home for her 100th Birthday Party and celebrate with many friends and family! Even though she was tired from all the excitement she kept her smile and her gracious attitude. Sadly, the following day she caught pneumonia and passed away. She left this world knowing she was loved and went to her heavenly home.
Mom worked at MDU for many years while her family was growing up. As a family we took many trips and would go camping and fishing almost every weekend in the summer for fun and recreation. After our father passed away in 1988, Mom started walking, line dancing and exercising.
When asked what her secret to a long life was, she would tell you to stay active, both mentally and physically. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, reading, cross-stitching, gardening and walking. The cross-stitching projects she did were incredible! She was very independent and took immaculate care of her house and the beautiful flowers that grew on all four sides of the house. Her daily routine was to walk 2 miles around Homesteader Park. She walked in the Montana Women’s Run in Billings for 15 years and won the Gold Medal in her age division when she was 91. She opted not to do another Women’s Run because she wanted to go out on top! Even last year after breaking her hip she knew staying active was important so with her wheeled walker she walked to get groceries, she walked to the post office, she walked to the pharmacy and she walked around Washington Park.
Our mom was creative, talented and a very determined woman who accomplished whatever she set her mind to. Her loving personality, quick wit and quiet faith showed all around her what a beautiful woman she was.
Mina was born August 21, 1921, to Otis and Maud Williams in Flowerfield, Nebraska. She grew up outside of Pavillion, Wyoming, with her brother, Bob Williams, and sister, Letha (Williams) Asbury. She was married to Harold Christensen on June 26, 1947. They raised their 4 daughters; Carol (Dennis) Lawrence, Joan (Larry) Quick, Susan (Mike) Gulbrandson, and Patty (Kevin) Johnson in Powell. They lost an infant son, Thomas, shortly after birth. She will be greatly missed by her 4 daughters, 11 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.