Terri Christensen

Terri Christensen

1956 - 2023

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Obituary of Terri Christensen

A Memorial Service for Terri Christensen, age 66, of Milford will be held on Friday, October 20, 2023 at 10:00am at Faith Community Church in Milford. Inurnment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. 

Terri Lee Christensen, born on October 24, 1956, in Spencer, Iowa, was the beloved daughter of John and Ellen (Heikens) Shaw. She spent her formative years on a farm west of Milford, where she received her education and graduated from Milford High School in 1975. Following her high school graduation, she pursued her education at the American Institute of Business in Des Moines, Iowa. Terri initially worked for Morton Buildings in Spencer and later embarked on a distinguished 36-year career with the State of Iowa. She held positions at the Iowa Department of Transportation in Ames, Iowa, and the Iowa Department of Agriculture in Spencer, Humboldt, and Kossuth Counties, retiring in April 2015.

After retiring, Terri and her husband, Darrell, relocated from Humboldt, Iowa, to Milford, settling in her childhood home on Airport Drive, a residence thoughtfully designed by her mother. Terri cherished this home, which held a special place in her heart, surrounded by dear old friends and relatives. She had a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of the Okoboji area, taking pleasure in being close to the lake and exploring the scenic nature trails with Darrell. Terri was a skilled seamstress who handcrafted over 30 quilts, many of which were lovingly gifted to family members. Sewing brought her great satisfaction, allowing her to create tangible memories. Her green thumb was evident through her thriving garden, where she relished producing tomato juice and preserving bountiful harvests. Terri and Darrell shared a passion for travel and enjoyed memorable cruises together.

Terri was an active member of Faith Community Church in Milford, where her commitment extended to participating in various committees and boards over the years. During her time in Humboldt County, she devoted herself to the Humboldt County Conservation Board, working alongside the County Conservation Board Director to organize numerous conservation programs for the school system and the public.

Terri peacefully passed away on October 13, 2023.

Terri's memory will forever be cherished by her devoted husband, Darrell Christensen, as well as her sister, Debra Shaw-Davis, and her brother, Ryan Shaw.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ellen Shaw.


Memorial Service

10:00 am
Friday, October 20, 2023
Faith Community Church
805 Okoboji Ave
Milford, Iowa, United States


Riverside Cemetery
1701 West 4th Street
Spencer, Iowa, United States