P. C. Christensen passed away peacefully at St. James House in Baytown on February 9, 2018 after a brief illness. She was 85 years old. She is survived by her beloved husband of 67 years, Ralph (Chris) Christensen; daughter Amy Christensen and son-in-law Bill Meehan of Tyrone, New York; son Timothy Christensen and daughter-in-law Melissa Christensen of Baytown; grandchildren Kyle, Hannah, Dylan and Kara Christensen; adopted granddaughter, Nicole Muoio; sister-in-law Hazel Christensen; niece Debra Christensen; nephew Doug Christensen; and dear family friend and caregiver Patty Perez. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Uda Carre; sister Betty Carre and brother-in-law Lee Christensen. The family is grateful to the staff at St. James House for their loving care and compassion.
P.C. was born on April 11, 1932 in Piqua, Ohio. Her parents both emigrated from the island of Guernsey, Channel Islands, and her father was a dairy farmer who was proud to raise Guernsey cows. She told wonderful stories about growing up on the farm with the cows as her earliest friends, learning to drive a tractor, and using her imagination to keep herself entertained. She met the love of her life, Chris, on the tennis court in Princeton, NJ when she was just 16. After graduating from high school, she spent a semester at Radcliffe College before leaving to get married.
P.C. and Chris were married at the Princeton University Chapel on August 26, 1950 and then moved to Kerrville, Texas for a year where Chris taught science at a boarding school. They were known as “Mr. and Mrs. Chris,” and it was an adventurous beginning to their marriage—avoiding stampedes of wild horses and dealing with unusual gifts from the students, including a tarantula. After a year, they moved back to New Jersey, where she worked as a secretary. Her sister passed away when P.C. was only 20, and that loss affected her deeply.
She gave birth to two children, her daughter, Amy, and son, Timothy. She was a wonderful mother who gave her children the best gift possible—to know you are loved. She enjoyed working on craft projects and used her creative mind to make birthdays and holidays special for her family.
In 1969, P.C. and Chris moved to Baytown, where she would spend the rest of her life. She grew to love Texas and considered herself a “naturalized Texan.” She went back to school, earned her associate’s degree in Interior Design in 1984 from San Jacinto College, and became a member of the American Society of Interior Designers. She started her own business, Interior Venture, and used her professional talents to design elegant and functional spaces for her residential and commercial clients. Her talent was also evident in the unique and beautiful way she designed and decorated the family home. She gave wonderful dinner parties and enjoyed having friends over for informal gatherings.
She enjoyed traveling with her husband and her family, including a wonderful trip to the Galapagos Islands for their 50th Anniversary. She and Chris also enjoyed many common interests, including playing tennis, going to museums and plays, and watching sports together. An avid Houston Rockets fan, she always rooted for her team with gusto (including some yelling and screaming), a trait that she has passed on in the family.
The beach was one of her favorite places, and she spent many years making wonderful memories with family and friends at her beloved beach house on Bolivar Peninsula until it was washed away in Hurricane Ike. She could often be seen searching for shark’s teeth, walking her three dogs along the beach or building a sandcastle with her grandchildren. She was a beloved Memaw to her grandchildren, and she loved them with all her heart. She loved her animals, and her dog, Sasha, survives.
P.C. faced her share of challenges in her life, but she worked hard to find a way through them. She was honest about her journey, and that is certainly part of what drew people to her.
She was a loyal friend and would always reach out to help her neighbors or anyone in need. She had a special way of connecting with people and making everyone feel special. Her beautiful smile would light up the room. She had a wonderful sense of humor and regaled family and friends with favorite stories, anecdotes and her famous sayings, including “The gettin’ there is all there is.” She had a big heart, a beautiful soul, a strong spirit, and we feel her with us still.
There will be a memorial visitation on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Navarre Funeral Home. If you wish to make a donation in P.C.’s name, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.act.alz.org
To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521 (281) 422-8111.