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Vivienne "Bibs" Olive Rice Christensen

Vivienne "Bibs" Olive Rice Christensen

On February 28, 2014, Vivienne "Bibs" Christensen slipped into that good night.

Vivienne was born on May 13, 1923 in Plummer, Minnesota, the only child of Rolf and Hazel Rice. Vivienne grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Washburn High School. Vivienne then went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota with degrees in English, Speech, Theater and Library Science.

On August 26, 1947, Vivienne married Walter R. Christensen in Bemidji, Minnesota. Vivienne taught high school English and related classes in Bemidji and Fisher, Minnesota. After taking time off to raise a family, she returned to work as an elementary school librarian in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, until her retirement in 1985. Vivienne was politically active throughout her life and was elected to the City Council in East Grand Forks after her retirement. She was also active in Community Theater, directing and acting in numerous plays, including a starring role in "On Golden Pond." Vivienne was an avid bridge player, also an accomplished seamstress who loved knitting, crocheting and needlepoint.

Bibs was a grand lady who enjoyed life to the fullest. She lived life with flair! One of her favorite family get-togethers was an annual limousine trip, which included various casino visits and numerous concerts, including her favorite performer, Kenny Rogers. She traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad, and loved spending her summers at Stony Point Resort on Cass Lake, Minnesota, with her family and friends.

Vivienne is survived by her three daughters, Jean Marohl of Fargo, ND, Mary Kay (Robert) Klein of Bemidji, MN, and Sandra (David) Gregory of Grand Forks, ND, as well as two sons, Charles (Monica) Christensen of Bemidji, MN, and Brian (Nancy) Christensen of Eden Prairie, MN; 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Dean Christensen of Cass Lake, MN; and daughter-in-law, Lou Ellen Christensen of Bagley, MN.

Vivienne was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Walter; and eldest son, Stephen R. Christensen.

Special thanks to her caregivers at Trillium Memory Care Center where she resided for the last years of her life. She leaves behind a legacy of wit, wisdom, and total enjoyment of life.

Private services were held by the family on March 1, 2014. Interment will take place in East Grand Forks, MN.