Cecil Christen was born to Delphine and Edith Graham March 28, 1934 in Osceola, Iowa. She was one of nine children. Her family moved from Iowa to Frances, Washington in 1946 where she lived the rest of her life. She had two brothers and six sisters.
She is survived by her siblings; Louise Kaech, Duane Graham, Berneice Camenzind, Judy Workman, and Kathryn Hufferker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl Graham, Vivian Kaech and Twyla Camenzind.
She married Frederick F. Christen on October 24, 1950 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Frances, Washington and he survives her at the family home. She has four children, Don Christen (JoAnn), Ron Christen (Janice), Pamela Chapman (Fred), and Tony Christen (Laurie); ten grandchildren, Rachel Patrick (Todd), Joshua Christen (Jeri), Nichole Asino (Erastus), Kyle Christen (Stacie), Fred Chapman III (Jamie), Jereme Chapman (Misty), Troy Chapman (Rebecca), Bethany Castro (Sean), Mariah Gates (Derek), and Toni Taylor (Mark); fifteen great grandchildren, Britney and Brooklyn Patrick, Grady Christen, Emily, Aaron, and Hailey Hosler, Olivia Chapman, Jordyn Christen, Bailey and Carmen Chapman, Gia Cecil Gates, Karissa, Kayleigh, Kelsey and Kayden Castro; and one great-great-grandchild; Ashton Whittsett.
Cecil is a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church and the Lewis Pacific Swiss Society. She was the grounds keeper for the church and the Swiss Society for many years. She worked for Coast Oyster, Weyerhaeuser and Tetz Union Oil.
Cecil peacefully went home to her lord and savior on her mother’s birthday, October 6, 2012 in the St. Peter’s hospital while her daughter was at her side.
Rosary services for Cecil will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Frances, Washington with funeral services following at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2012. There will be at gathering at the Lewis Pacific Swiss Hall for her family and friends immediately after the service.
Arrangements are in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond.