The world lost an angel on March 18, 2023, when our loving, compassionate, talented, supportive, and hardworking, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend passed on to the other side of the veil. Larona (Lee) Jane Irons Christensen began her earthly journey on April 1, 1931. Daughter of John and Margaret Irons and the youngest of six children. Lee was born in Moroni, Utah and raised on a farm. At the age of 5 her mother passed away, and at the age of 13 the responsibility of running the family home fell on her shoulders. She also attended to chores on the family’s farm and went to school. The work ethic that she developed at such a young age, enabled her to provide countless hours of service to others for the rest of her life. She was constantly laboring on behalf of others, with no thought for herself.
At 18 years old, she married her best friend and the love of her life Gerald McRae Christensen, in the Manti, Utah temple. She was quick-witted and when asked how many of her 73 years of marriage were good, replied, “Oh a few!” Together Jerry and Lee had four children; Todd (Heather), Pamalee, Michelle (Michael), and Jeffrey. Lee has 10 Grandchildren, 17 Great-Grandchildren, and soon to be two Great-Great-Grandchildren. Lee Wholeheartedly supported her children and grandchildren, regularly cheering them on from the bleachers at football, basketball, baseball, and softball games. She loved the Utah Jazz and even though she was an Aggie, she still cheered for BYU and Utah (an example we can all learn from!) While raising her children, she worked as a secretary at Kearns Jr. High School.
From her farming roots, a love of gardening was instilled. She loved to grow vegetables and her backyard was beautifully landscaped with flowers. A freshly cut bouquet of flowers was always in her home. Lee blessed the lives of countless people with her beautiful soprano voice and piano playing ability. Even though she vaguely remembered her mother, on Mother’s Day for many years, she sang, “That Wonderful Mother of Mine.” She sang in the Allegro Chorus for about 30 years, and made many lasting friendships. Many Christmas Carols and Lee’s rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” were sung around her piano.
Lee made holidays extra special, with her warm hospitality and her amazing cooking ability. She made everyone feel welcome and invited family, friends, and strangers alike into her home to enjoy her delicious food, especially her homemade doughnuts and fudge.
She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and faithfully served in many callings. Even in her 80’s she still attended church cleaning.
Lee had a wonderful sense of humor and would make people laugh with her jokes. Often her home was filled with laughter. She will always be remembered for her wonderfully curly hair, genuine interest in the happenings in other people’s lives, and generosity. Lee was the first to greet us by the French patio doors, we find great peace and comfort in knowing that she was greeted at long last by her dear mother. She has now reunited with many friends and family who preceded her in death. She was loved by many and will be missed by many.
Graveside services will be held on March 28, 2023, 2:30pm at Memorial Redwood Mortuaries; 6500 S Redwood Rd, West Jordan, Utah, 84123.Service Information
March 28, 2023 at 2:30 pm
6500 South Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah 84123
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