Colleen Hatch Christensen
1932 - 2014
Colleen Hatch Christensen, 81, passed away Feb. 16, 2014 in St. George, Utah. She was born Sept. 1, 1932, in Bancroft, Idaho to Ansel Wilder Hatch and Agatha Pratt Van Orden. She was the oldest of five children. She married Lot B. Christensen on Aug. 7, 1952 in the LDS Idaho Falls Tempe.
Born and raised in Chesterfield, Idaho, she graduated with a bachelor’s in education from Ricks College. She was an elementary teacher in Mesa, Ariz. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints her whole life.
She loved many things, including music. She played several instruments growing up including the trombone and piano. She was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed many callings in her church as she shared this talent. One of her favorite pastimes was hiking, especially the Grand Canyon. Colleen had an outstanding work ethic. She was an example of how hard work yields success.
Colleen was devoted to her family and friends. She always put others first. Her selfless attitude made her the perfect wife, the best mother and an amazing grandmother. When asked about her advice to others, her answer was very telling, “Focus on what is important in life and always put your family first.” She built a legacy that will be remembered throughout the eternities.
She is survived by her husband, Lot Butler Christensen in St. George, Utah; six children, Pam and Bob White, Kris and Pam Christensen, Scott and Cindy Christensen, Colette and Steve Connolly, Victor and Trinilee Christensen, Shane and Lisa Christensen; 25 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1625 N. Lava Flow Dr., St. George, Utah. There will be a viewing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21 at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street and also on Saturday prior to services at the church from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Interment will take place at the Santa Clara Cemetery.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Colleen’s guestbook at www.spilsbury mortuary.com.