Ellen Judith Kristensen, age 103, died peacefully on Saturday evening, Dec. 18, 2010, surrounded by loving family at Levine Hospice House. A memorial service will be held at 4 pm Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Community in Christ Lutheran Church , 7621 Norman Island Dr., Cornelius NC 28031. Visitation will follow the memorial service.
Ellen was born on November 19, 1907 in Tjome, Norway. She immigrated to the United States in 1960, living in Cherry Hill New Jersey for 40 years. In her late years she moved in with her daughter Reidunn in North Carolina and is also survived by granddaughter Inger and husband Lee and 4 beloved great grandchildren, Tayler, Jack, Jeffrey and Coleman.
Ellen lived through both world wars, even surviving the occupation of Norway as her husband served as captain in the Norwegian Merchant marines. Their marriage was one to be envied, and before his death in 2003, Ellen and Reidar celebrated 68 years of happy marriage.
Ellen enjoyed time with family, gardening and travel. Ellen and Reidar, with their daughter Reidunn traveled the entire world, often living aboard ship for months at a time. She was always known as a calm and quiet presence and she will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Community in Christ Lutheran Church Building Fund, 7621 Norman Island Dr, Cornelius NC 28031
Arrangements by Raymer Funeral Home Huntersville.