Melba Jean Clemons Christensen, 97, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013, at her home surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years, Alfred.
She is survived by her daughters, Jackie (Tim) Corkhill and Linda (David) Fore; a special niece, Gina (Scott) Peterson; grandchildren, Brian Curls, Aaron Curls, Kristin Corkhill, Nathan Corkhill, Lindsey Peterson, Scott Ryan Peterson, Tyler Peterson and MacKenzie Peterson; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Norman F. Clemons and Marie Waggoner; stepson, Charles (Enrica) Christensen; step-grandchildren, Michael Christensen, Greta Young, Michelle Mohr, and Greg Christensen; and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.
She was born in the Florida panhandle Nov. 10, 1915. The third of seven children, she moved with her family to Fort Myers in 1924. After time spent in Miami, she returned to North Fort Myers in 1949 with her husband Al to raise their family. With her brother Norman, they owned and operated Trail Dairy Farm and Trail Dairy Mill in North Fort Myers. Jean and Al retired in 1972 to a life of travel and time spent with family.
Melba Jean Clemons Christensen
Mrs. Christensen lived her 97 years to the fullest. She was a strong, loving woman who was an example to everyone who knew her. She enjoyed staying active and challenging her mind. She debated politics, actively followed the stock market and welcomed all into her home. Her happiest times were spent with family and her greatest loves were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She leaves behind a family that will love and miss her forever.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, May 1, at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 2, at Grace Church, 13 S.E. 21st Place, Cape Coral, with the Rev. Wayne Godsmark, officiating. Burial will follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Grace Church. Please visit www.coralridgefuneralhome.com to leave thoughts and memories for her family.