Obituaries

Dora Sydnor
B: 1941-08-20
D: 2020-10-23
View Details
Sydnor, Dora
Margaret Robinson
B: 1944-02-18
D: 2020-10-21
View Details
Robinson, Margaret
Robert Redfearn
B: 1926-09-12
D: 2020-10-18
View Details
Redfearn, Robert
Nancy Seright
B: 1956-08-01
D: 2020-10-18
View Details
Seright, Nancy
Patricia Stevens
B: 1945-02-04
D: 2020-10-16
View Details
Stevens, Patricia
John Bowen
B: 1949-12-08
D: 2020-10-12
View Details
Bowen, John
Henry Fowler Earnshaw
B: 1940-05-04
D: 2020-10-11
View Details
Earnshaw, Henry Fowler
Motley Self
B: 1958-11-07
D: 2020-10-10
View Details
Self, Motley
Julius Tesh
B: 1931-09-18
D: 2020-10-08
View Details
Tesh, Julius
Lucille Wade
B: 1927-02-06
D: 2020-10-05
View Details
Wade, Lucille
Luanne Glosser
B: 1932-03-14
D: 2020-10-05
View Details
Glosser, Luanne
Guy Hall
B: 1933-11-13
D: 2020-10-04
View Details
Hall, Guy
Cindy Newsom
B: 1956-06-14
D: 2020-10-04
View Details
Newsom, Cindy
James Keller
B: 1942-10-09
D: 2020-10-03
View Details
Keller, James
Connie Hinson
B: 1953-08-24
D: 2020-10-01
View Details
Hinson, Connie
Franklin Combs
B: 1937-08-09
D: 2020-10-01
View Details
Combs, Franklin
Marjorie Shearin
B: 1933-02-25
D: 2020-10-01
View Details
Shearin, Marjorie
Larry Brooks
B: 1957-07-31
D: 2020-09-28
View Details
Brooks, Larry
Cornelius Newsome
B: 1944-09-16
D: 2020-09-26
View Details
Newsome, Cornelius
Estelle Christensen
B: 1926-05-06
D: 2020-09-26
View Details
Christensen, Estelle
Joseph Settle
B: 1942-10-01
D: 2020-09-20
View Details
Settle, Joseph

Search

Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
10300 Richmond Road
Warsaw, VA 22572
Phone: 804-333-3770
Fax: 804-333-0079
Estelle Christensen

Estelle O'Connell Christensen

Thursday, May 6th, 1926 - Saturday, September 26th, 2020
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Estelle Christensen, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook

OR

Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been submitted for approval. There may be a delay before posting.

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Estelle Christensen

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Estelle's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Estelle's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.
Send Flowers
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist

Obituary

Estelle O'Connell Christensen of Durham, NC, formerly of Montross, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at the age of 94. Estelle was born and raised in Highland Springs, VA. As a young woman she attended Madison College and travelled as a youth caravaner for the Methodist Church before meeting a handsome young soldier, Carl Christensen, and marrying him at the age of 19.

In 1955, Estelle and Carl moved to Montross, where Carl became pharmacist and part-owner of People’s Drug Store. Estelle enthusiastically embraced her new community and soon was filling many roles in addition to raising their three children. In 1956, she and a friend started the first kindergarten in Westmoreland County. Eventually that kindergarten became the foundation of Woodland Academy, which she and others established in 1969. There she continued to teach and nurture generations of young children. After she retired, she began a tutoring service to help students who were struggling in school.

Girl Scouting was another of Estelle’s passions. She and her friend, Frances Hinson Brune, brought Girl Scouts to Westmoreland County in the 1950’s. She served as a local and district Girl Scout leader and was a support and inspiration for the many young women whose lives she touched. In the late 1960”s she worked with her Senior Girl Scout troop to open the Coffee House in Montross as a safe place for teenagers to gather. In addition, she was an active member of her church, Andrew Chapel UMC, where she contributed in many ways, including chairing the Evangelism Committee and participating in a charitable knitting group.

Despite her busy life, Estelle decided to fulfill a lifelong dream, and she returned to college to obtain her degree. She travelled back and forth at night to VCU in Richmond for several years, finally receiving that treasured diploma in 1979.

In her spare time, Estelle was an avid reader, an excellent seamstress and knitter, and a good friend to many, both young and old. Her phone never stopped ringing!

Estelle Christensen was preceded in death by her parents, James Henry and Lorene Gertrude O’Connell. She is survived by daughters Carol Christensen Ergenbright of Maryville, TN and husband Bob; Ann Marie Christensen of Durham, NC and husband Allen Duffer; son Erik Christensen of Charlotte, NC; four grandchildren, Kirsten Craft and husband Matt, Rob Ergenbright and wife April, Ross Duffer and wife Leigh Janiak, and Matt Duffer; and six great-grandchildren, Reed Craft, Raleigh Craft, Conner Ergenbright, Owen Ergenbright, Kaden Woodard, and Nathan Woodard.

A private family graveside service will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2020, at Andrew Chapel UMC, with Rev. Kevin Elmore officiating. A Celebration of Life is planned for the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 187, Montross, VA 22520. Online condolences may be shared at www.welchfuneralhomeva.com.
Read Less

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Estelle O'Connell Christensen, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Service Details

  • Service

    Sunday, October 4th, 2020 |
    When
    Sunday, October 4th, 2020
    Location
    Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church
    Address
    16340 Kings Highway
    MONTROSS, VA 22520
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    PRIVATE Graveside Service; A Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring
    Officiant
    Rev. Kevin Elmore
  • Interment

    Location
    Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church
    Address
    16340 Kings Highway
    MONTROSS, VA 22520
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    PRIVATE Graveside Service; a Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring

Condolences

We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Estelle here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

Private Condolence
Flowers
Provide comfort for the family of Estelle O'Connell Christensen by sending flowers.
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist
CH

Cathy Hooker

Posted at 07:11am
Estelle is and always will be my second momma. The year my mom died, I started back to teaching at Woodland Academy. In my grief, she told me she’d be my momma and she remained that. I’d been out of teaching for ten years raising my family. At that point, she also became my mentor and friend. She gave me confidence in my abilities to teach and raise a family. But to the community of Montross, she was a mover and shaker. If she saw a need, she stepped forward and helped. She will always be in my heart and I feel blessed and honored to have known her.
MD

Michael Downing

Posted at 11:35pm
I will always know her as mrs. Christensen as she was my very first school teacher. I had the pleasure of learning to read under her in kindergarten a long time ago at woodland. Whenever I go to Montross I always think of her and how she has been since those days. Very fond memories of her and quite an impact to be remembered so well 40 years later. The amount of lives you helped in your time here would be impossible to count. Thanks for everything you have done.
Michael Downing
NL

Nancy W. Lee

Posted at 09:02am
My condolences to the family. Estelle was a wonderful woman, mother, and friend. I know Butch and Yvonne will share in my condolences as well. Nancy W. (Jones) Lee
NB

Nancy Brown

Posted at 08:56am
Ann, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your Mom was a very strong influence in my life and I will always remember a very special birthday party for me held in your basement!!! Will never forget her kindness and that infectious smile!! My deepest condolences and may your memories forever keep her in your heart.
Nancy Weston Brown
Loading...

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each