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Grethe Alice Christensen

September 23, 1927 June 27, 2018
Grethe Alice Christensen
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Grethe Alice Christensen, age 90, of Knoxville passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018 with her children by her side.

Grethe was born in Viborg, Denmark and taught preschool and kindergarten in Denmark, Summerhill School in England, New York, New Jersey, and in Honduras before settling in the United States after meeting her future husband as they sailed on the Bergensfjord from New York to Norway. Grethe established and directed a child care center in Minot, North Dakota and in Eau Claire, Wisconsin until her retirement at 67 years of age. She moved to Kingston, Tennessee in 1998 with her husband, Merritt Christensen. They spent many years traveling around the world together. She also enjoyed many years of reading books to children in the library, cross-stitching beautiful wall hangings, preparing excellent meals for her family and friends, challenging her mind with reading, Sudoku and cross word puzzles, and spending time with family and friends.

He preceded her in death in 2000. She is also preceded in death by her infant daughter, Caroline Christensen; brother, Poul Mortensen and his wife, Gunhild; sister, Ebbe Mortensen.

Grethe is survived by her children, Dr. Lise Christensen and husband, Dr. Jesse Doers, Susanne Christensen, all of Knoxville; Peter Christensen and wife, Sarrah of Richland, Washington; grandchildren, Dr. Matt Doers and wife, Dr. Emily Jobe, Paul Christensen, Anastasia Christensen, Andy Christensen; great granddaughter, Cora Doers; brother and sister-in-law, Neils and Else Mortensen of Denmark, as well as nieces and nephews and their families in Denmark.

A private family ceremony will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mayo Clinic Health System Child Development Center, Eau Claire, WI c/o Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905 or to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, www. Etch.com.

Click Funeral Home and Cremations is serving the Christensen family.


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