Nina Joy Hoopes Cloward Christiansen, age 86, passed away on December 23, 2023 in St. George, Utah. She was born in Cedar City, Utah on December 1, 1937 to Marion and Zoreatha Hall Hoopes. She was one of eight children. She was raised in Pleasant Grove, Utah, and Fortuna, California, where she married Vernon Tom Cloward. She and Vernon returned to Utah and raised their 3 children in West Valley City.
Vernon passed away in May 1999. In 2004, Nina moved to Washington, Utah. There she met Bryon Ray Christiansen and they were married in November 2006. Ray passed away in July 2017.
Nina was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was the matriarch of our family and was known for her kindness and generosity. Many who are reading this memorial were helped directly by Nina in various ways. She had many skills, was very independent and self-capable, but her super power was her ability to recite any one's birthdate on command. Your birthday was then always commemorated by receiving a card and small gift. Technology, however, was not her strength, as she preferred to speak to or see you in person, rather than use something electronic. This led to the "Nina Network" (you know who you are) who created a strong social web who looked after her.
She is survived by her son, Tom V. (and Carin) Cloward; KelliDee (and Dean) George, and son-in-law James Lloyd (her daughter Kerralee passed away in 2011). She is also survived by her new girls, Beverly (and Ron) Bateman and Karen Christiansen, her 7 grandchildren abd Ray's 5 grandchildren, her 18 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren, Ray's 18 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren, and Nina's wonderful sisters (Nelda, Gayla, Shay and Chloe).
She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, daughter, sister Bonnie, and brothers Doug and LaGrande.
Per our mother's wishes, no funeral services will be held. A short viewing will be held for family members prior to her interment at Memorial Redwood Cemetery in West Jordan, Utah. In lieu of flowers or charitable donations, Nina would prefer that you pay close attention to someone in your family, neighborhood, or community and give them the personal support that they need.