This is probably the hardest column I have ever had to write. A very dear friend, Shelly Hansen, passed away Sunday at Hospice in Payson. It was as if time stood still for the residents of Christopher Creek. Even though she had been battling cancer for some time now, we never thought she would lose that battle.
Shelly left behind a husband, Dale, a daughter, Alexis, and son, Dillon. Everyone in Christopher Creek knew Shelly. People from Payson and surrounding areas would come out to Creekside and visit with her when she was a waitress there. Shelly also worked for Rim Valley Real Estate and for Tall Pines Market. I met Shelly 15 years ago, when we worked together at Creekside.
We worked there together for five years, and made a lot of friends from all over Arizona. She was one of those people you just fell in love with. She was the most caring person I ever met. She put everyone ahead of herself, even up to the day she died.
There wasn't anything she wouldn't do for a friend. She was funny and caring and I will deeply treasure the times we spent together. Shelly touched so many lives. She will be truly missed, but never ever forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially her children, Dillon and Alexis. May the Lord be with you in your time of need.
There will be services for Shelly at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. Afterward, there will be a reception at Creekside Steakhouse. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Don't forget, tonight is the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Christmas Party. It is at 6 p.m. and it is a potluck.
If you can't cook, just bring along a friend. There is always plenty of food. The children will be entertaining and there will be Christmas carols to sing along with some fun games. Come out and meet your neighbors and get into the Christmas spirit.
The Christopher Creek Homeowners Association Children's Christmas Party is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. at the fire hall. Bring along a few canned goods, because they will be making food boxes to distribute. Santa will be on hand to pass out stockings to all the good little boys and girls. Cookies and refreshments will be served.
That same evening, meet back at the fire hall at 6 p.m. to go Christmas caroling through the community. Be sure to wear something warm; it is cold on the Christmas cart.
Afterward, there will be cookies and hot chocolate served at the fire hall.
Creekside Restaurant's Annual Christmas Party is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. It is a potluck. Everyone is welcome to attend. Come out and spread some joy.