Iris V. (Dykstra) Christiansen

Born: Mon., May 14, 1928
Died: Mon., Mar. 14, 2016


Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Mar. 19, 2016
Location: First Christian Church Pendleton


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Iris Dykstra Christiansen

May 14, 1928 – March 14, 2016

Iris Dykstra Christiansen passed away on March 14, 2016 in Redmond, Oregon.

Iris was born to Phebe and Edward Dykstra in Clem, Oregon, on May 14, 1928.

In 1942, following her father’s death, she and her mother moved to Pendleton where she graduated from Pendleton High School in June, 1946.

Iris married Melvin R Christiansen, her high school sweetheart, on June 26, 1948.  They lived in Tillamook, Joseph, and Elgin Oregon prior to settling down in Pendleton in May of 1964 where Mel was working as a heavy equipment operator.

In Elgin she was very active in the First Christian Church.  After returning to Pendleton, a period of time passed before she began attending the First Christian Church in Pendleton.  She then became very active in her service as a deacon, in the Women’s Fellowship Group and played hand bells for 10 years.

Upon returning to Pendleton, she was involved in Home Extension and served as an officer in the Home Extension Advisory Committee.  Through the Home Extension group, several women from their home group started a craft group that met every week.  They would do plastic canvas, crochet and/or knit.

In 1983, she started working at a laundry mat pressing clothes.  Following this job, she worked for the Pendleton School District as a playground aid at Washington grade school before transferring to Hawthorne school as an aide in the resource room.  She retired from there at age 62.

In November of 2013, she moved to live with her son Merlyn in Redmond, Oregon.  In September, 2015, she moved to Country Canyon Adult Care Home until her death on March 14, 2016.

Surviving members of her family are:  Merlyn (Lana) Christiansen of Redmond and Carol (Dave) Fitzsimmons of Pendleton; grandchildren: Kevin (Lisa) & Kip (Rachelle) Christiansen, Melvin Fitzsimmons, Roberta (Christopher) Smith, Sandi Trowbridge, Shari (Steve) Oswald and Chris (Gretchen) Hancock.  There are 22 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Iris was proceeded in death by her husband, Melvin; son, Steven; granddaughter, Karen; her parents, three sisters, one brother, and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will a memorial service at the First Christian Church, in Pendleton on Saturday, March 19, at 2pm. Following the service there will be an ice cream social in the fellowship hall.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Christian Church, Pendleton, Oregon. Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com.  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton handled arrangements.

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