Madge Joyce Branagan Christensen was born April 6, 1926 in Goshen , Utah to Jackson L. and Mildred Stanfield Branagan. She died March 6, 2015 in Goshen at the home of her grandson Kelly and granddaughter-in-law Stacey. She married Carl R. Christensen December 27, 1944 in Provo . He died January 5, 1998.
Madge spent most of her 88 years in Goshen and loved her association with the family and neighbors who lived and remain there. She will be remembered for her tidy house and yard and for the vegetable garden she faithfully planted, weeded and irrigated every summer. In order for the water to make it to her garden, she made sure all the ditches upstream were cleaned out every week and wasn't afraid to face an irrigation turn at 3:00 am. Christmas to her was when the seed catalogs started arriving in her mailbox in January. Her garden provided enough to can, bottle and freeze for anyone in her family who needed tomatoes, corn, pickles, jam, etc. and she always had enough to share with neighbors and friends who stopped by. No one ever left empty-handed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two infant sons, Ralph J. Christensen and Carl Dennis Christensen, her parents, a brother Pat Branagan and his wife LaVerne, two brothers-in-law, Dick Hoglund and Jay Perkins, her mother-in-law, Cleopha Riley, brother and sister-in-law, Bernell and Idona (Christensen) Holman. She is survived by her son, Jerel, of Riverton, and her daughter, Susan (Brent) Lyman, of Spring Lake ; four grandsons, Kelly (Stacey), Kris (TBD), Kade (TBD), Kam (TBD) Lyman; and 3 great grandchildren, Brandon and Hannah Douglas and Brooke Lyman. She is also survived by 3 sisters, Carol Hoglund, Great Falls, MT, Janice (Sterling) Spencer, Draper, and Gloria Perkins, Springville; a sister-in-law, Shirleen Daniels, Mapleton, and special brother-in-law, Keith (Arlene) Riley, Bountiful. She also leaves behind extended family including many nieces and nephews and their children along with her life-long neighbors and friends, too numerous to mention.
She was able to spend her last days in her own special “care center” that her grandsons built for her just 2 blocks away from her cherished little house in Goshen . There is no way to thank Stacey enough for taking “Grandma” into her home and for her graceful and loving 24 hour-a-day care over the last 9 months. Stacey’s parents, Gaylen and Yauna Cook, and her brother, Buzz, and others also willingly gave their time to support Stacey as she cared for Grandma.
A special thanks to Encompass Hospice Care nurse Robyn Peabody. We are so grateful for mom’s faithful devoted neighbor, Beverly Morgan, who sat with her almost every day the last few weeks; for her sisters, Gloria and Janice who visited her as often as possible, and for the visits, phone calls and concern from Lila Stansfield, Keith Riley and countless others who wanted to know how she was doing.
A viewing will be held Sunday, March 8
from 6 to 8 pm at the Brown Family Mortuary, 66 South 300 East, Santaquin. To honor Madge’s request graveside services will be held Monday, March 9
at 12:00 noon at the Goshen City Cemetery .