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Sue (Gross) Christensen

Born: Sun., Nov. 9, 1947
Died: Sat., Apr. 15, 2017

Memorial Mass

11:00 AM Sat., Apr. 29, 2017
Location: Sts. Ann & Michael Catholic Church

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Susan Carol (Gross) Christensen went to be with her Lord and Savior at the age of 69 on Saturday, April 15, 2017 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born November 9, 1947 to Fred and Helen (Sturza) Gross in Myrtle Point, Oregon at the old Mast Hospital.

She was raised on the family ranch on Catching Creek and graduated from Myrtle Point High School in 1965 with a strong group of classmates who were and still are very close. After graduation she attended the University of Oregon briefly before enrolling and graduating from business school in Portland, Oregon. While living in Portland she worked for Jansen. When she moved back to Coos County she worked in the Coos County Assessor’s Office, then the Coos County Tax Department, and after she retired she worked part-time for the Coos County Road Department. She was a valued and intelligent co-worker who was admired by those she worked with. She also was a cattle rancher for many years. She was a very special person who would always help out. She had a positive outlook on life and was very outgoing and involved in so many community services.  She loved volunteering for FIRST Reading Program, Senior Center, CASA and in the fair office during the Coos County Fair. She was an active member of the Saints Ann and Michael Catholic Church in Myrtle Point, Myrtle Point Rotary, Coos County Livestock Association, Myrtle Point Senior Center, Myrtle Point Chamber of Commerce, Coquille Valley Elks and the Coos History Museum. Her hobbies included traveling (especially to Hawaii) and she loved her time backpacking in Europe with a friend then meeting her parents in New Zealand. Other hobbies were gardening, embroidery, and raking hay for hours on the tractor every hay season on the family ranch. She was always very giving with her time and made multiple donations to various charities. Before she passed she mentioned that she felt that she had lived a charmed life and would not change a thing.

Susan is survived by her sister Kathy Little and husband Bill of Catching Creek, nephews Robby Little and wife Melanie of North Pole, Alaska, Todd Little and wife Kelle of Catching Creek, nieces Tressa Berg and husband Dan of Catching Creek and Marcy Schaffer and husband Rick of Columbia City, Oregon. Nine great nieces and nephews and three great-great nephews and niece.

 She was preceded in death by her husband Walt Christensen, a brother Jim Gross, and her parents Fred and Helen Gross.

A celebration of life mass will be held at the Saints Ann and Michael Catholic Church, 209 Second St., Myrtle Point, OR on Saturday April 29, at 11am. Potluck to follow. Memorial donations can be made to FIRST Reading Program or Myrtle Point Rotary Foundation.

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Scott Hobbs
   Posted Thu April 20, 2017
Susie was my wonderful neighbor & my condolences to all the family.
This small community loved her greatly and her legacy always helping
others and her community will not be forgotton.
RIP; Beloved Susie and may you rejoice in heaven with family & friends.
Family Friend: Scott Hobbs

Dawnelle Pribble Haddow
   Posted Fri April 21, 2017
Thoughts and prayers to all of Sue's family and friends. She was an amazing lady who touched so many people in so many ways. She will be missed very much. Love, the Bryant and Haddow families.

Carole and Joe Kearns
   Posted Sun April 23, 2017
Coos County has lost one of its best. We became friends with Sue and Helen through Sts. Anne and Michael Catholic Church in Myrtle Point. She truly was a person who would not hesitate to step up and help any cause or organization that could make Coos County a better place to live and to raise children. She did it with determination and grace all the while maintaining a unique and wonderful sense of humor. We shared many special moments of laughter and camaraderie with her. She will be greatly missed by all and our prayers are with her family.

Rest in Peace Dear Sue.

Joe and Carole Kearns

Bob Burch
   Posted Fri April 28, 2017
Please accept my condolences. Sue was a friend, fellow CASA and Rotarian. I will miss her bidding on my bread at our Rotary auction and her enthusiastic reception of deliveries.

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