Doreen C. Christensen, 55, of Grants Pass, Ore., passed away Friday, May 17, 2013, at her home. She left this world surrounded by her loving family.

Doreen was born March 11, 1958, in Albert Lea, Minn. In the early 1970s she moved to Grants Pass, and graduated from Grants Pass High School in 1976. Doreen then returned to the midwest, living in Heartland, Minn. On May 28, 1977, she married the love of her life, Gary D. Christensen, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. The couple moved back to Southern Oregon, and made Grants Pass their home for over 35 years. The couple was blessed July 13, 1982, with the birth of their only child, Katie Marie Christensen.

Doreen loved baking, cooking, sewing, and riding the Harley Davidson with her husband, the Oregon coast, mountains, and playing with her grand-kitties.

She was preceded in death by her nephew, Christopher Kroeger; grandparents, Henry and Vera Hobbiebrunken; and mother and father-in-law, Kenny and Beverly Christensen. Doreen is survived by her husband of 36 years, Gary Christensen; daughter, Katie Christensen; twin sister, Diane Burr; son-in-law, Stephen Winters; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Heaven is now not only well-decorated, but its citizens are dining on award-winning ribs and the floors are spotless.

A service will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013, 12:00 p.m., at Chapel of the Valley in Grants Pass. Her family asks that memorial contributions be made in Doreen's name to Lovejoy Hospice, who helped both Doreen and the family in the final weeks.