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Obituary: CHRISTENSEN, MAXINE KILLPACK

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 26 2014 10:40 a.m. MST

Maxine Killpack Christensen1921 ~ 2011Maxine Killpack Christensen, age 90, passed away peacefully in her home in Orem, Utah on November 4, 2011.She was born on June 13, 1921 in St. Anthony Idaho to Calvin Lamar and Dora Evelyn Killpack. At age nine, her family moved to Great Falls Montana where she grew up on a beautiful farm and rode her horse across a river to attend school in a two room school house. There, a gifted, passionate teacher instilled in her a powerful desire to learn which she has carried with her throughout her life. She graduated high school at age 16 and immediately began working as a secretary in a law firm. Maxine married Loran Mauss Christensen on March 27, 1941 in the Cardston Alberta Temple. In 1943, while Loran was serving as a Naval Officer in the Aleutian Islands, Maxine was called to serve a full time mission for the LDS church in the Northwestern States Mission. She had a six month old baby and her sister Pat served as her companion. They served until their husbands returned home from the war (18 months). She has served in numerous capacities in the church, but her favorite was teaching the youth. Maxine and Loran were living in Milpitas California when Loran suffered a heart attack and passed away on June 1, 1966. Maxine, now the young mother of 7 children, re-entered the professional world. She was the first person in Utah to earn the prestigious national title of CPS (certified professional secretary) and was hired at BYU as the secretary to President Ernest L. Wilkinson. She later began teaching the CPS program in the business department and was simultaneously able to earn her BS in Business Education in 1973. Upon graduating, she was asked to create a Legal assistant program at UVSC. She developed the program and ran it, along with teaching several courses for 17 years until she retired in 1990 at age 69. Maxine was a strong advocate of Life-long learning. She traveled all over Utah County teaching a workshop on learning. In April 2000, she was invited to present this workshop at the BYU Women's Conference. She loved to spend time working in her yard. She had a green thumb and an amazing talent for creating beauty. Maxine instilled a love of music in her children. She organized and directed award winning quartets, played the piano and the organ, and participated in choirs.She is preceded in death by her husband Loran, son Loran who died at age 7, parents Calvin Lamar and Dora Evelyn Killpack, sister Sybil Cheney, brother Bud Killpack and sister Pat Salisbury. She is survived by 7 of her children: Joan Preszler, Dana Christensen, Cathy Larsen, Madelyn Sant, Joyce Cox, Maureen Egan and Lisa Ramsell, along with 34 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren.Funeral services will be held on December 1st, 10:00 am at the LDS chapel located at 365 South 900 East in Orem, Utah 84097, with a viewing on November 30th, 6-8 pm at the Sundberg Olpin Mortuary, located at 495 South State Street Orem,Utah 84058. There will also be a viewing prior to the funeral service from 9 to 9:45 am at the church.