Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory

1510 West First Street, Ankeny, IA


Maxine Kay Christensen

April 6, 1941August 20, 2019

Maxine was called home to be with her Savior on August 20, 2019. As she continued to walk with her Lord in her last difficult months she spoke of the amazing joy that she was assured she would experience worshipping her Savior face to face.

Maxine was born April 6, 1941 in Topeka, Kansas. Her family moved to Ankeny in 1955 where her father opened the Ankeny Red E Mix Plant.

Maxine graduated from Ankeny High School in 1959. In 1964 she married Jon Christensen. They had one son, Shawn Damon. In 1982 Maxine became a certified addictions counselor. She was blessed to do this for 25 years. She also trained other counselors and enjoyed hearing from them as they advanced in their careers. Maxine also was a conference and seminar presenter and especially enjoyed the time after the sessions to visit with attendees. After her retirement she continued to consult and counsel at various churches.

Maxine was preceded in death by her Mother, Florene; father, Cleo and sister, Kathryn (Wayne) Abuhl. She is survived by her son, Shawn; sister, Cleo Sondra Fuqua; sister, Jolene (Jack) Gordon and brother Chris Fuqua. Along with many nieces and nephews.

Maxine enjoyed Bible studies, choir, work projects and the opportunity to share her faith with others. She was a faithful prayer partner for many friends. Her life verse was Jeremiah 29:11 and was blessed to see how the Lord would always meet her needs and guide her through difficult circumstances. One of her favorite hymns was “I Must Tell Jesus”. She attended Prairie Ridge Church in Ankeny.

Maxine became a member of the Blue Star Mothers of American when her son joined the army in 2010. It was a blessing to work alongside other mothers with children in the military. She also served as chaplain and recording secretary in the group.

When at the age of 62 Maxine became a certified scuba diver with her son Shawn. They enjoyed diving in Jamaica and many other countries and large lakes in the U.S. She also accomplished piano lessons at the age of 67 given by her niece Judy and completed target shooting classes.


  • Wounded Warriors
  • Taylor House Hospice


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, August 24, 2019


Maxine Kay Christensen

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KC Collins Hummel

September 19, 2019

I met Maxine when our two Blue Star Mothers Chapters merged. We hit it off right away. She was a force of nature, always working on something for our military kids. We enjoyed time together at meetings. I was sad I couldnt get to more meetings. I loved her dearly and will miss her. But, I know she's thrilled to be with her Saviour. May God grant all her friends and family peace and sweet memories of her.

Todd Gordon

September 19, 2019

Aunt Maxine is greatly missed here on Earth. I remember her as a very kind person always willing to help others. She was especially helpful to me and my family during our summer visits to Ankeny, often providing us a place to stay. I'm sincerely sad that I couldn't be there in person to share memories of Maxine with family and friends. Praying peace and comfort for all of Maxine's family and friends.

Sheryl Calhoun

August 24, 2019

I celebrate Maxine and the beautiful way she lived her life, she is safely home with Jesus. My husband Pastor Les and I lived across the street from Maxine in Autumn Ridge. We shared many joyful/sad moments. My husband went to be with the Lord five years ago, I don't even know if Maxine was aware of that. I lost track of Maxine in recent years, but will never forget the ways she touched my life- her smile, her faith, her always faithful friendship and her creative gifts and talents that she shared with all. Shawn I'm sure you know how your Mom loved you, she always shared with me how proud she was that you were her Son!
May you find comfort and peace in the days ahead, remembering that your Mom is at peace in her heavenly home.
Sheryl Calhoun

Mary Johnson

August 23, 2019

I enjoyed a friendship with your mom through Cross Train several years ago. She was always so upbeat, positive and caring. We often talked about you, Shawn, She loved you so much and was proud of your accomplishments. She will be missed!

Nan Cooley

August 22, 2019

We (Blue Star mom's) will miss your mom Shawn. She was a wonderful lady and I'm so glad God let me be acquainted with her. God bless you as you adjust to life without her.

Sylvia Perry

August 22, 2019

Thinking of you Shawn and the rest of the family. We had lots of fun with your mom when we were younger. Great memories. We know we will see her again in heaven.
Love and prayers coming your way,
Aunt Sylvia & Uncle Steve