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Anita Mae Christensen, 76, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 12:26 A.M. February 21, 2017 at Mount Vernon Countryside Manor in Mount Vernon, Illinois. She was born September 13, 1940 in Union County, Illinois to parents, Charles Jackson and Flossie Faith (Pendergrass) Spurlock. She married Gary Kurt Christensen on October 29, 1960 in Jonesboro, Illinois. They were blessed with nearly 22 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on July 3, 1982.

A Graveside Service will be held Friday, February 24, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Casper Cemetery in Anna, Illinois with Pastor Mike Gerke officiating. Interment will follow.

A Visitation will be held Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

Anita is survived by her daughters, Kelly Lemon and husband, Todd of Mount Vernon, Illinois and Kerri Gerke and husband, Mike of Mount Vernon, Illinois; grandchildren, Joshua Kortney Allen of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Seth Grantham Allen of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Emily Abigail Gerke of Mount Vernon, Illinois, and Elijah Samuel Gerke of Mount Vernon, Illinois; sisters, Shirley Powless of Atlanta, Georgia and Bonnie Dillon and husband, Dick of Jonesboro, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

Anita was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gary Christensen; niece, Sandy Hogan; and sister, Linda Dunaway.

Anita was a member of the Family Life Assembly of God in Mount Vernon. Anita was a powerful, intelligent, savvy, sharp-skilled, educated woman who made her own way through life. After the death of her husband, she raised her two daughters alone. She was an RN with two additional degrees. She owned a very profitable medical management company. Anita was an amazing Meme to her grandchildren. Her beauty and truthfulness were second to none. Her laughter and sense of humor was infectious. She taught her girls about business, how to survive, and about Jesus. She was a good friend to many, a mother to all... She was encouraging and told us everything would be okay. There will never be anyone in our lives like her. We loved her with our whole hearts and will miss her very, very much.

For those who wish, memorials may be given to Casper Cemetery in Anna, Illinois and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call
(618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.
Published on February 22, 2017
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