Memorial services for Ruth Christensen of Chadron, Neb. will be held Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron, Neb. at 10:00 a.m. with Dr. Russ Seger officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Christensen passed away peacefully with her family by her side on July 20, 2016, at Crestview Care Center.
Ruth was born July 18, 1923, in Chadron, Neb. She was 93.
Ruth married Don Christensen July 10, 1958, and they lived 13 miles north of Chadron on the Christensen Ranch. Later, after they moved to town in 1969, they purchased Gimples boot shop and later bought the Favorite Bar in 1975, which they owned until the late 80’s
Ruth was a life member to the VFW, and was very active in the VFW until its closing. She was also a member of the American Legion. She stayed very busy volunteering at the Chadron Senior Center in the kitchen, also at the Rummage Sale. She helped prepare meals for the Lions Club; she was recently inducted into the Dawes County Hall of Fame for 50 years of service as superintendent of the horticulture exhibits at the Dawes County Fair. As well as being recognized by UNL for her 50 years of service at the fair. She was also a master gardener. She loved working in her yard and spending time with her family. She attended Chadron Prep School.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Don Christensen, daughter Pam Caswell; parents Thomas and Nettie (Swenson) Betts; Brother Marvin Betts and sister Violet Betts.
She is survived by her daughter Christi (Pat) Hilliker of Hay Springs, Neb.; Granddaughter Paige Zaro of Fort Collins, Colo.; and Grandson Bill (Lori) Johnson of Torrington, Wyo. and great grandson Darr Johnson of Chadron, Neb.
A memorial has been established for the Chadron Bread Basket. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.
Online condolences can be made at www.chamberlainchapel.com
Chamberlain Chapel is in charge of arrangements.