Beverly Jane Christensen, 89, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, at her home.
A funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at First Baptist Church in Luverne. Burial will follow in the Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne. A visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28.
Beverly Wood was born on Jan. 18, 1927, to James and Esther (Rehfeld) Wood at their home in Warner, South Dakota. She graduated from Warner High School in 1945.
Following graduation, Bev worked in Aberdeen, South Dakota, where she met Virgil Christensen. They were married on June 1, 1947, at the First Baptist Church in Aberdeen. The couple later moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where Bev worked while Virg attended university. In 1950 they moved to Sioux Falls. Virg and Bev moved to Luverne in 1958 to raise their growing family and establish their business. In 2013 they returned to Sioux Falls, residing at The Lodge at Prairie Creek.
In addition to being a homemaker, Bev was very active socially and politically. She was the first woman to serve on the board of directors for First Bank in Luverne. She was active in the Republican Party from 1958-2012. She served as Rock County’s Republican Chairwoman for many years, was a delegate at the National Republican Convention in 1976, and was appointed to Gov. Al Quie’s advisory board. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Rock County Extension (Rock County Extension’s Homemaker of the Year in 1961), and active in the local PEO chapter. From 1960 until 2000 Bev managed properties for the family corporation. Bev attended the First Baptist Church in Luverne. She enjoyed raising her children, traveling, baking, and cross stitching.
She is survived by her husband, Virgil; seven children, Carol Christensen (Adolfo Gallego), Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Paula Christensen, St. Louis Park, David Christensen, Bagley, Carla (Mike) Casanova, Sioux Falls, Jolene (Bruce) Ver Steeg, Denver, Colorado, Jayne Christensen, Sioux Falls, and Mark (Suzy) Christensen, Fort Collins, Colorado; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Ramona Keller, Grafton, North Dakota.
She was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings, Joyce Wood, Royal “Bud” Wood, Carolyn Gardner and Donna Kuhfeld.
Arrangements are by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.