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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shirlee nirschl
   Posted Wed March 16, 2016
Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.Lots of great memories of Iris and her family.Shirlee

Angela and Clifford Nein
   Posted Thu March 17, 2016
I will miss Iris. I have known her since I was a little girl working at Washington School. When I was going over to her house to wait for my grandma after school I called her Nana and she was ok with that cause I heard Karen calling her that. I loved her as she was my own grandma. She was there for me when I needed someone to talk to as I was growing up and became a mom. My mom and grandma wasn't there, but Nana was. She gave me advice. I love and miss you Nana, but I know that we will see each other again someday. Thoughts and Prayers for the family.

Chris Montee
   Posted Sat March 19, 2016
I enjoyed working with Iris while on the Advisory board of Home Extension. She had a great sense of humor and was always ready to take on a project and get it done. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

Vicki stillman
   Posted Sat March 19, 2016
Prayers and hugs to Iris family. I worked with Iris she is and was awesome lady, I enjoyed working in the same school with her. She will be missed. Vicki❤️🙏🏽

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