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KayCee Christenson

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Kay Cee Christenson (KayCee), age 63 of Goodyear, AZ passed away on Friday, June 10, 2022 at Hospice of the Valley in Glendale, AZ. A service will be held June 17th, 10am at Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ for immediate family. A celebration of life for friends and family will be held at a later date.

KayCee was born in Pomona, California on September 18, 1958. Her father worked for the US Border Patrol, and the family moved to multiple border cities in the states of Texas, Michigan, Vermont, and North Dakota. However, she spent most of her early life in Portal, ND and considered it her hometown. She graduated from Burke Central High School in Lignite, ND in 1976, where she excelled in basketball and track. KayCee attended The National College of Business (NCB) in Rapid City, SD where she met her future husband Todd, who was attending South Dakota School of Mines. Following graduation, the young couple moved to Traverse City, Michigan to start their lives together. They were married on July 17, 1982. They moved from Michigan to Texas where their first son (Matthew) was born. After three years in Texas, the family moved to Anchorage, Alaska where their second son (Daniel) was born. They spent the next 25 years raising their family in the 49th state.

KayCee was a stay-at-home mother to her two boys in their early years, and later worked for the school district as a teacher’s aide, and librarian’s assistant. She enjoyed weekends at the cabin, fishing, clamming, berry picking, quilting, attending her boys’ soccer games.

In her retirement years she spent her summers in Alaska, and winters in Arizona. She enjoyed golfing, whether it be in her couple’s groups or women’s 9-holers’. Genealogy was a passion of hers. She was a daughter of the American Revolution, and could trace her roots back to the Mayflower. Traveling internationally and experiencing the world was a passion of KayCee’s. She traveled to Europe, Central American, South America, and Australia. Her favorite experience was her European River cruise.

Grateful for sharing her life are her husband, Todd Christenson of Goodyear AZ; their sons, Matthew Christenson (Lindsay Weingartner) of Anchorage, AK; Daniel Christenson of Goodyear, AZ; brother, Steve (Barbara) Cudney of Hollis, NH; numerous nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends.

Kaycee was proceeded in death by her parents Loren and Maureen (Muralt) Cudney.


I Thought of You

I thought of you with love today,
But that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday,
And days before that too.

I think of you in silence and often speak your name,
All I have are memories and your picture in a frame.

Your memory is my keepsake,
With which I’ll never part.
God has you in His keeping,
I have you in my heart.

18 Comments on “KayCee Christenson

  1. I was surprised and saddened by the news of KayCee’s passing. We grew up together in Portal, ND. KayCee’s energy and curiosity was always a pleasure to share. She would light up the room, especially with the red hair.

    I will miss her deeply.

    Larry Granrud

  2. Goodbye Beautiful KayCee – I’ll see you down the road. Many loving thoughts, Rhonda Gibbons

  3. KayCee was such a bright personality! Like I told my Mom, every time I peel out, it will be in KayCee’s memory! Love, hugs, thoughts and prayers, Dashelle

  4. My heart is broken my beautiful first and forever friend. I will miss you so very much and will cherish the memories of the great times we had over the years! Until we meet again…

    Love you❤️

  5. I met Kaycee early in her time in Anchorage. We became friends; no, we were sisters! We remained friends until the day she gained her wings in Heaven. She will always have a special place in my heart. I’ll see you again, dearest Kaycee. In the meantime, I’ll keep painting rocks in your memory!

  6. Kaycee made me laugh on the golf course when she would behave like a little girl having a mini tantrum. She was so much fun!

  7. Our dearest friend has said her final goodbyes. So many wonderful memories shared at Poacher’s Cove and beyond. She had such a great zest for life and was great fun to be with be it cards, games, fishing or travel.

  8. I had the good fortune to be part of the Alaskan friends Panama cruise where I met Kaycee. I so enjoyed that time with her. During a visit to Alaska we had such a good time . Kaycee was so easy going and had a smile and laugh for everyone.

  9. KayCee was someone that lived life to the fullest. Always happy and making everyone around her feel good. We spent fun times in Goodyear with Todd and KayCee. KayCee you will be so missed…..

  10. Kaycee will be greatly missed. She loved to smile and tell you some shocking story to make you laugh. Kaycee also had very sensitive side. She cared deeply. I loved how she would wear her mother’s brochettes/pins on her golf clothes. She was unique and very comfortable in her own skin. She was so easy to be around. God speed my dear friend.

  11. Todd and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Rick and Sue Kvasager

  12. Sending loving thoughts and heartfelt sympathy to KayCee’s family. It was always a fun day on the golf course when KayCee kept us moving along.
    Her smile was contagious and she will be missed.

  13. Allthough you were the first girl to bake me a cake in your easybake oven that we both still laughed about at the last Portal reunion….You truely were taken way too soon but your beaming smile will always be with use..

  14. Our prayers are with your family.

  15. The news of KayCee’s passing was so sad. We grew up together in Portal, ND. We all rode bikes as children and played. Form the 1st grade until we graduated. I wished we all would have seen each other more often. KayCee’s positivity is what I remember.

    I will miss her deeply.

  16. KayCee was one of the sweetest girls in our class. Always had a genuine smile on her face. So sorry for your loss – my prayers are with her family!
    RIP KayCee

  17. Oh KayCee! Gone way too soon. I wish we’d had the time in retirement to connect. What fun it would have been to have a Cudney, Brewster, Muralt cousin reunion. You would have been the life of the party! We’re down by two now. Makes us all aware how brief our time is.

    So sorry for your loss Todd, Matthew, Daniel and brother Steve.

  18. KayCee was a red headed comet streaking across the stage of life. She was a fun, spunky, and gregarious friend. She was an ideal daughter, a devoted mother, and a wonderful wife. KayCee, you fought the good fight. Now take hold of the eternal life to which you were called. We love you. Tim and Virginia

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