Margaret Elizabeth Christenson

christenson, margaret - photoMargaret E. (Boyd) Christenson

At age 97, Peg left us on February 17, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul after a long and full life. She was born on Valentine’s Day, 1921 in Long Beach, CA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lillian (Young) Boyd and beloved husband, Wendell. She is survived by daughter, Wendy (Bob) Nelson of Pine City and son Boyd (Mary) of St. Paul; foreign exchange daughter, Verena (Bunzli) Leuthard, of Erlinsbach, Switzerland; grandsons, Bryar Nelson (Heidi) of Brooklyn Center and Brendt Nelson (Anna Rydberg) of Pine City; granddaughters, Francie Christenson and Katie Christenson of St. Paul; great-grandchildren, Drake and Arya Nelson of Brooklyn Center; sisters-in-law, Frances Stromquist (Braham) and Inez Engler (Rush City); and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Peg grew up in Monticello, Minnesota, and after high school, attended Macalester College and the University of Minnesota. She also attended business school, and during WWII she took her newly learned shorthand abilities to Colorado Springs where she worked as a secretary to Army officers investigating airplane crashes. After the war, she came back to Monticello to work in her dad’s drug store doing everything including soda jerking and filling prescriptions! It was there she met Wendell who was working for Land O’ Lakes; she loved that white uniform!! They were married in October 1948, and they danced (literally and figuratively) through their 34 years together winning several dance competitions along the way.
Peg and Wendell moved to Lake Crystal, Minnesota, and soon Wendy and Boyd joined the family. Ten years later, and after short stays in Coggon, Iowa and Blaine, Minnesota, they moved to Pine City. They bought the bakery, and Peg did all the bookkeeping. She went to St. Cloud State College and received her degree in Education (English). In the fall of 1963, at age 42, she started her first year of teaching: 10th grade English! She taught school until 1980 when she retired so that she and Wendell could play together as his health began to fail. They traveled, stayed at their cabin on Mille Lacs Lake, fished, and played golf with a few happy hours mixed in until his death in 1981.
Peg was a world traveler visiting places all over the U.S and many countries. She loved to fish and was truly happy in a boat with a rod in her hand, even in the sleet and rain! Golfing and bridge were also a passion, and Wednesday morning golf and afternoon bridge at the Pine City Country Club were not to be missed! She spent 24 winters in Apache Junction, Arizona where she continued to play golf and bridge, ending each day at a happy hour someplace!
A die-hard Democrat, Peg abhorred guns and violence, supported equal rights for all, and always said she was glad to pay her taxes! She read the Minneapolis Tribune cover to cover every day until a week before her death, completing the Cryptoquip with ease.
In 2001, Peg moved into Boutwells Landing in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota. She lived there until January 2018 playing bridge, writing memoirs, and watching her beloved Vikings and Twins. When she required more care, she moved in with her son, Boyd, who provided loving end-of-life care.
A celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, 2 P.M. February 24, at the Pine City Country Club. Memorials to International Essential Tremors Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, The Loft, or your favorite charity.