Coleen Dodge Christofferson, age 60, passed from loving arms here to loving arms waiting on the other side on April 6, 2009.
Coleen was born to Glen and Glenna Dodge on December 12, 1948.
She married her eternal sweetheart, Darwin "Bud" Christofferson, on May 25, 1970 in the Salt Lake Temple and together they raised three children. Though Coleen struggled with health problems for more then 30 years, she was a fighter and never let them stand in her way.
She showed amazing strength, determination and courage and endured well to the end. She was a gifted teacher in word and deed, finding teaching moments in everyday life. She taught Relief Society in the Sandy Central Edgemont Ward for more than 10 years.
She was an apt pupil, continually learning more about the world around her and the gospel of Jesus Christ. She was a talented artist and taught us to see beauty in nature and in people. She showed us the power of determination and positive thinking. She was a good friend, a listener, counselor and gift giver. She gave of herself and many of us can hold onto a piece of her in the handmade gifts she gave. Her grandchildren were the light of her life and she had a special relationship with each one of them.
Coleen is survived by her husband, sons: Clint (Julie) and Ryan (Maria) Christofferson, daughter Megan (Michael) Wallgren, her parents, brother Merrill (Jeanine) Dodge, sisters: Teresa Garrard and Michelle (Vic) Groves and 13 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by our angel, Marissa.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 10, 2009 at the Flint Drive LDS Chapel, 9800 South Flint Drive (1150 East), at 11:00 a.m. Friends and family are invited to call on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Memorial Estates Mortuary, 5850 South 900 East, Murray, and one hour prior to the services at the Church.
Interment will follow at Mountain View Memorial Estates Cemetery.
Published in the Deseret News on 4/9/2009.
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