At her request, no services will be held for longtime Fallon, Nev. resident Ilene Christiansen.
Born Aug. 2, 1926 in Delano to Paul and Verna Zimmerman, Ilene died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 after a lengthy illness. She was 84.
Ilene graduated from Porterville High School and continued her education at U.C. Berkeley.
Ilene was a resident of Bishop from 1961-74 and was involved in many community activities. She belonged to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Eastern Star, the Garden Club, the Saddle Club, she helped start the Inyo County Cowbells, was a 4-H cooking and sewing leader and worked as a bookkeeper at the Coca Cola bottling company.
Ilene lived in Fallon for the past 31 years. She was also very active within that community and belonged to several organizations there. She was a member of the Churchill County Cowbells, the Garden Club, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Beta Sigma Phi and was in Eastern Star, twice being a Worthy Matron of Myrtle Chapter.
Ilene loved flowers and was facilitator for the Iris Show each year and was head of the flower exhibit for the county fair for many years.
One could never say enough about Ilene. She was always the person behind the scenes. No task was too big or too small – a casserole for a sick friend, flowers out of her yard for the church, or a ride to an appointment, she was always willing to help out. She remained active until the last couple of years when her own health started to decline. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Ilene is survived by her husband of 64 years, Roland; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Bill Talbot of Bishop; son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Sherry Christiansen of San Miguel; grandchildren, Christopher and his wife Lianne Talbot of Bishop, Tori and her husband Jon Lohman of Charlottesville, Va., Mikal and Cassie Christiansen, both of Boise, Idaho; sister, Beverly Armstrong of North Carolina; and five nephews.
Donations in Ilene’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Best of all, the family said, would be for residents to plant a rose in their own backyard. “She would look down and smile,” the family said.