Woodward, Okla. — Christy Siemsen, 70 year old Woodward resident, received her angel wings on Sunday, May 22, 2011 surrounded by her family at her home in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2011 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Christina Marie (Olsen) Siemsen was born March 7, 1941 in Kimball, Nebraska to Clifford Woodrow and Doris Geraldine (Evertson) Olsen of Harrisburg, Nebraska. Christy attended district #58 in Flower Field, Banner County, a one room school house until the end of her 8th grade year. Soon Banner County consolidated all the one room schools and built a large school in Harrisburg where Christy was among the first graduating class in the building in 1959. In July of 1959 a few short months after graduation, Christy was in a very serious motorcycle accident. Her cousin, and her hit a car, causing Christy to be thrown 125 feet down a bar ditch, thus causing great blood loss, many fractures in her legs, and skin being torn from her legs. The doctors feared she would lose both her legs. Christy spent 16 months in the hospital enduring nine skin grafts and 13 major leg repair surgeries.
After getting out of the hospital Christy went to work for an eye doctor in Kimball, Nebraska and this is where she met her future husband, Edwin I. Siemsen. On December 3, 1961 they were united in marriage in Cheyenne, Wyoming. To this blessed union two sons were born, LaRone Siemsen and Kris Siemsen and They adopted Tanoah Siemsen at the age of 5 weeks.
Christy has been the President of the Northwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society five times and Vice President for 7 years. This society covers a four county area of Woodward, Ellis, Dewey and Harper Counties. She helped with microfilming of all the old records in these many court houses. Christy was a project director in putting together the Northwest Oklahoma History book; this book contains history in the Northwest Oklahoma of Territorial days until present. Christy has been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for 25 years. In 1993, she was called by the church to be a Director of the Woodward Family History Library. She helped many people find their family history by teaching them how to use the computer. On December 5, 1987, Christy was sealed for all time and eternity to her loving husband.
Christy’s greatest love was for her family. She and Ed had the joy of raising their two oldest granddaughters, Natalie and Stephanie Siemsen from very small children then the joy of raising Karla Siemsen from a young lady to a beautiful woman. She loved the Lord with all her heart and soul and had shared this love with many individuals that have come through her life. Christy has not known a stranger; they to her are all children of God. She always had an open heart and unconditional love to those who needed it the most. She enjoyed being that grandmother to those who needed it the most. Christy’s recent and greatest love was being with her five great-grandchildren.
Christy was welcomed into Heaven by her parents, Clifford and Doris Olsen and a nephew Quince Olsen.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Edwin I. Siemsen of the home; two sons, LaRone Siemsen and wife Paula of Chester, Kris Siemsen and wife Debbie of Cheyenne, Wyoming; one daughter, Tanoah Siemsen of the home; granddaughters, Natalie Haigler and husband Nick of Oakwood, Stephanie McEachern and husband David of Southard, and Karla Siemsen of Woodward; great-grandchildren, Braxton and Jaxson Haigler, Ty and Alicyn McEachern and Ethan Thompson; one brother, Gerald Olsen of Kimball, Nebraska; other relatives and many friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Christy Siemsen Great-Grandchildren Education Fund with the funeral home accepting the contributions.
Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com