Vera Aileen Christianson
Feb 12, 1929 – Dec 10, 2017
On December 10, 2017, Vera Aileen (Buckley) Christianson peacefully left us for the loving arms of our Heavenly Father.
Vera was born on February 12, 1929 in Decatur, Illinois, the daughter of Henry and Lelah (Beals) Buckley. She was proud of the fact that she shared the same birthday as President Abraham Lincoln. She graduated from Decatur High School in 1946. In 1947 her brother, Dick, introduced her to a young, handsome Army/Air Force soldier he had just met on the bus, Alvin E. Christianson. She and Alvin were married on March 12, 1949 and shared 56 wonderful years together before his death on Nov. 21, 2005. In 1956 she and Alvin and their four children moved from Decatur, IL to Seattle, WA to enjoy the cooler summers, warmer winters, and the beautiful geography of the Pacific Northwest. She worked at the Boeing Company for seven years and then chose to stay home to take care of her family. She enjoyed, gardening, taking long walks, potlucks and anything social that would bring her family and friends together. She especially enjoyed her vacations to different parts of the U.S. and Canada.
Vera is survived by her son, Dan Christianson of Otter Rock, OR; daughter Angela (Tim) Peters of Puyallup, WA; daughter-in-law, Joeanne Christianson of Rocklin, CA; daughter, Janie Kay; sisters, Marie Best of Retsil, WA and Margaret (Buckley) Ball of Ball LA; brothers, Jerry Buckley of Decatur, IL, Johny (Dottie) Buckley of Tioga, LA, and Walter (Barabara) Buckley of Mattoon Ill; sisters-in-law, Fern Parker of Edmonds WA, Dolores (Bob) Siereveld of Tenino WA, Pat Buckley of Decatur, IL; brothers-in-law Ken (Karen) Christianson of Seattle, and Tracy Christianson of Seattle; 7 grandchildren: Michelle (Alan) Fly, Marc (Carrie) Peters, Shawn (Jacquie) Christianson, Jamie (Eric) Haupt, Ryan (Krystal) Christianson, Eric Kay, and Tina (Aaron) Norman; 11 great-grandchildren (Joshua, Allyson, Brooke, Scott, Jason, Ava, Leah, Parker, Grayson, Tessa and Ashton); 1 great-great grandson, Elijah; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband Alvin, Vera was preceded in death by her son, Dennis Christianson; brothers and sisters-in-law Dick and Eloise Buckley, Gene and Elizabeth Buckley, Don Buckley, Jim Buckley, Jack Buckley, Marge Buckley, and infant Henry S. Buckley Jr.; sisters Betty Buckley, Doris McMonagle, brothers-in-law Dick Best and Bill Parker; granddaughters, Melissa Peters and Tara Christianson, and her beloved dog, Taffy.
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