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Mary Elaine Christensen

Mary Elaine Christensen, age 74 of Hatfield, Arkansas, died Thursday, December 28, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Friday, July 16, 1943 to Floyd Watlington and Marie Walker Watlington in Memphis, Tennessee.

Mary worked for the DeQueen-Mena Educational Cooperative as a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist for 19 years. She was a pastor’s wife for 40 years and was actively involved in every aspect of ministry. She loved teaching kids and adults the basics of the Christian faith. She was a member of the Christ’s Church of Cove, Arkansas. Mary’s primary profession and greatest joy was being a homemaker for her husband and six children. She loved her family, looked forward to visiting them in various locations, and went on many adventures with her grandchildren. Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mary is survived by her husband, Riley Christensen of Hatfield, Arkansas; three sons and their wives, Cody Christensen and Tammy of Boise, Idaho, Rory Christensen and April of Streator, Illinois, and Rocky Christensen and Emily of Moberly, Missouri; three daughters and their husbands, Melinda Ericson and Edward of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Karen James and Greg of Clarendon, Arkansas, and Kameesha Williams and Allen of Rogers, Arkansas; one sister and her wife, Ginny Watlington and Mindi of Denver, Colorado, twenty-three grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service was held Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Christ’s Church Cove at Cove, Arkansas.  Interment followed at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Hatfield, Arkansas. Visitation was Friday, December 29, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at the Christ’s Church Cove, Arkansas. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers were Cody Christensen, Rory Christensen, Rocky Christensen, Allen Williams, Greg James, and Edward Ericson, III.

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