Dorothy Jane Christensen

May 16, 1925November 27, 2018
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Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother

Dorothy “Dottie” J. Spence Christensen, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2018 in Riverton, Utah, she was 93 years old.

Born May 16, 1925 in Gresham, Oregon to Robert and Annie (Sinclair) Spence, the youngest of five children. She graduated from Gresham High School, class of 1943. She married Elvin “Chris” Christensen on November 11, 1945 in Gresham. Dottie and Chris moved to San Diego, California after the wedding because Chris was still in the Navy. She described their time in San Diego as a 7 month honeymoon. Dottie was very proud of her Scottish heritage. Both her parents came from Scotland to America on their honeymoon and decided to stay. Dottie was very active with her activities. At 18 yrs. old she learned how to fly and eventually soloed. She was a life member in Job’s Daughters and Daughter of the Nile. She was a member of the Gresham Golf Course Niners for years and played every week. She was also a member of Willamette Valley Country Club for 39 years. Dottie bowled in 3 different leagues and many tournaments. Dottie had 63 years married to Chris and had a fun life traveling to Hawaii, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and many other countries in Europe. Dottie stated she had a wonderful marriage and was so lucky to have a wonderful husband. Preceding her in death is her beloved husband of 64 years in 2009, her parents, her sisters, Laverne Enebo and Irene Culley, her brothers, St. Clair Spence and Kenneth Spence. She is survived by her daughter, Julie Katyryniuk, her grandchildren Kassie Butt, and Patrick Katyryniuk. Dottie adored her 5 great grandchildren and her many nieces and nephews. She was the best mom and mama in the whole wide world.

Funeral services will be held, 10:30, Thursday, December 6th at Bateman Carroll Funeral, 520 W. Powell Blvd.


  • Patrick Katyryniuk
  • Christopher Butt
  • Robert Spence
  • Duane Ellis
  • R.A.M. Manthe
  • Chris Manthe


  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 6, 2018

Dorothy Jane Christensen

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michael wirth

December 5, 2018

I met Mrs. Christensen and her family many years ago, we would come across each other in Gresham every once in a while over the years since then. You meet many people on your path of life and she influenced mine and I'm sure many others for the good. She will be missed.

Shirlee Macdonald

December 5, 2018

This is Ross Macdonald for Shirlee Macdonald - one of Dot’s good friends. She would very much appreciate a call from Julie. Shirlees phone # is 503-292-2515.

Our condolences to your family on your loss.

Ross Macdonald (for Shirlee Macdonald)

Candy Wright (Shellum)

December 3, 2018

I had the privilege of knowing Dottie most of my life as Julie & I grew up together. I remember the times I would walk over to Julie’s house, to play our 45’s, get into water balloon fights or whatever other trouble our young minds would get us into. I remember that Dottie always smelled good, her hair was always perfect and the jewelry she wore. Oh the jewelry. Maybe that’s where my love for jewelry came from! One funny memory I have to share is the time Dottie took Julie & I downtown to watch the Rose Parade. I remember we were hanging out the window of this building with a sign (now who would have made that sign?) that had MY phone number on it. Anyway, as the young, good looking sailors would walk by, we waved and yelled “Hey, sailor boy!” And then we would laugh & giggle - we thought we were so naughty! As luck would have it, one of those sailor boys called and of course, my dad answered the phone. Uff dah, was I in trouble when I got home! I often wondered why Dottie didn’t stop us (ha!). I love you Dottie. The other memory I need to share is the day I put my daughter on a plane to join the Air Force. That day my heart broke. I drove right to Dottie and collapsed in her arms sobbing. What an angel and I have never forgotten what she did for me that day! You were such a classy lady and I’m just one of the many people you touched with your arms and heart. As candles flicker this Christmas season, I will think of you and know you are with your loving husband and family. So spread your angel wings (tipped with a touch of nail polish) and fly sweet lady.

Lorene Butler

December 2, 2018

To the family of a very dear sweet lady, I wish to convey my deepest sympathy to you at the passing of your loved one. I met Dottie when she moved to Sagewood in Utah. I looked forward to her visit to the beauty salon each week and did her hair once in a while. She was bright, funny, beautiful and loving. I adored her as did all those who came to know and love her. May she rest peacefully. I hope your memories and stories will bring you much joy as you remember this wonderful woman. Thank you for bringing her here to touch so many lives.
Lorene Butler
Stylist at Sagewood Salon