Joyce Christenson

Joyce Christenson

Joyce Evora Christenson, 103, of Ranier, Minn., died Saturday afternoon, April 13, 2019, at Rainy Lake Medical Center, International Falls, Minn.

Joyce was born July 2, 1915, in Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada, to parents Henry and Maud (Colbath) Durant.

In 1936, she moved to Ranier where she had lived since.

She was married to Scott Couture from 1936 until his passing in 1947.

Joyce was united in marriage to Gene “Speed” Christenson in 1948, in Bemidji, Minn., until his passing in 1995.

Joyce was a commercial fisherwoman and a housewife. She loved blueberry picking, camping, spending time at their cabin on Rabbit Island, and for the last 30 years she enjoyed wintering in Texas.

She was a member of the Ladies Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, the Cooties, and the Degree of Honor.

She was preceded in death by her husbands; parents; brothers, William, Dewey and Benjamin; sisters, Amber Culver and Effie Sanderson; and son-in-law, Bob Case.

Joyce is survived by her daughters, Diane (Lloyd) Parsons of Ranier, Pennee Case of Payson, Ariz., and Amber (Ken) Leerssen of International Falls; six grandchildren, Scott (Shelley) Parsons, Sarah Kielczewski (Brock Kobriger), Jacob Kielczewski, Tammy Case (Mike Timmons), Rachel Leerssen and Jenna Leerssen; two great-grandchildren, Raymond and Athena Parsons; and special friends, Gary and Judy Kielczewski.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 3, at Green-Larsen Mortuary.

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, International Falls.

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Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary Inc., International Falls.