Barbara Anne Christenson
Barbara Anne Christenson passed away in Reno on Jan. 25, 2014. Barby was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on Nov. 3, 1934 to R.H. Smith and Isabelle Findlayson. Her childhood was spent in Canada. She attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
After graduation, Barby and her friend and fellow nurse, Sheila, decided to take their nursing skills on the road. Their first stop, on what was to be a world tour, was in Santa Barbara. While working as a nurse at Cottage Hospital, Barby met a young surgical resident named Don Christenson and the journey took a decidedly different tack. Don and Barby were married in Regina on Sept. 27, 1958. They moved to Don’s home town, Lone Pine, where he would begin his medical practice.
Barby worked as a nurse in Don’s office until her children Carol and Cody were born. She was a devoted mother and wife and was involved in community activities for many years. The legendary Mt. Whitney Golf Course Luau, the Jabberwock and the Women’s Hospital Auxiliary Luncheon are just a few events that Barby helped make special.
She was a gifted athlete, played tennis and golf and was an accomplished skier. Her intellectual pursuits were many and included the Utah Shakespeare Festival which she regularly attended for 34 years. Barby also had a pilot’s license. She and Don and the kids enjoyed many wonderful vacations traveling in their small plane. Always a gracious hostess, her family and friends spent many a wonderful evening in her home. In addition to fine food and drink, Barby would often sit at the piano and provide great entertainment as well.
She is survived by her husband, Don; her children, Carol and Cody; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Her generosity, enthusiasm and spirit touched many lives and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
For anyone who would like to attend on Saturday, Feb. 1, there will be a graveside service at the Mt. Whitney Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. and a celebration of life at the Mt. Whitney Golf Club at 2 p.m.