December 20, 1939 – August 27, 2014
Lynda Jane Christensen, of Ankeny, Iowa, was born December 20, 1939, in Dow City, Iowa, the daughter of Loren “Bud” and Jane Elizabeth Collins Keairnes. She died on August 27, 2014, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa, after a courageous battle with scleroderma. She was surrounded by comforting care for which her family will always be thankful.
Lynda was raised in Crawford County, Iowa, north of Vail. She graduated from Ar-We-Va High School where she had been active in basketball, chorus and band. She also worked at the Odebolt Hatchery after school. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Vail. Lynda was later blessed with two sons, Kevin and Kurt Christensen. They made their homes in Denison, Waterloo, and Bettendorf, Iowa before moving to Fort Collins, Colorado which she and her sons considered home. While in Colorado, Lynda was actively involved in First Christian Church and Eastern Star having served as Worthy Matron. She also worked in the Psychology Department at Colorado State University which was a job she loved and found great joy in. Lynda surrounded herself with many close friends in Fort Collins and when she returned to Iowa in 1995 she missed them dearly. Her employment in the Des Moines area included Visiting Nurse Services and Employee & Family Resources. She was last employed as a senior companion doing what she did best—caring for others. Lynda was a loyal friend and always helped those in need. She was a tireless advocate for brain injury awareness and served in many various roles throughout the years to improve services for brain injury survivors. This issue was close to her heart as her son, Kurt, suffered a brain injury at the age of 12. She was a mother and a grandmother who always put her family first and their needs always before her own. Anyone who knew Lynda understood that her grandchildren were her pride and joy.
Lynda is survived by her sons: Kurt, of Johnston, Iowa; Kevin and wife Juli Christensen of Ankeny, Iowa, and their children: Brianna, Nathan, Morgan and Liam; grandson, Devoneau Robb; great-grandson, Stryker Robb; her siblings: Judy and husband Verlin Koch, of Westside, Iowa; Jean and husband John Ang, of Kiron, Iowa; and Joel and wife LouAnn Keairnes, of Lamberton, Minnesota; one sister-in-law, Aldean Keairnes, of Dow City, Iowa; other special relatives and close family friends. Lynda was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, John Keairnes.
Per Lynda’s wishes, she will return home to Colorado and no local services will be held. Please celebrate Lynda’s life in your memories and in your heart.Information provided by: Memorial Services of Iowa 4208 North Ankeny Blvd Ankeny, IA 50023 515.964.0592 www.memorialservicesofiowa.com