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Frances Sandra Greer Christensen

June 21, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
Frances Sandra Greer Christensen, 73, Pittsburg, Kan., died June 17, 2011, at her home surrounded by family. She died from complications of metastatic melanoma. She was the wife of Lee R. Christensen of Pittsburg and mother of Greer Lawson of Aiken, South Carolina, and Lee Henrik Christensen.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, at the First United Methodist Church, Pittsburg, Kansas, with the Reverend Thomas Sims officiating. he family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 20th, at the First United Methodist Church. Cremains will be inurned at the Timmons Chapel Columbarium on the Pittsburg State University Campus. The family suggests memorials be given to The Rotary Leffler Park for children’s playground equipment or Angels Among Us to assist cancer patients and their families. These may be left at or mailed to Brenner Mortuary 114 East 4th Street, Pittsburg, KS, 66762. Friends may leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com Arrangements are under the direction of Brenner Mortuary.

Sandra was born January 30, 1938, at her parent’s home in Buford, Georgia, to Walter Clifford and Darotha Brooks (Buice) Greer.

She attended public school in Buford and graduated from Buford High School in 1956. Sandra attended Brenaugh University, Gainesville, Georgia, for one year before attending and graduating from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, in 1960 with an A.B. degree, major in English. She was a member of Phi Mu social sorority. Sandra received an M. Ed. degree in 1969 and an Ed.D. with a major in Reading Education from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, in 1972, where she was selected into Phi Kappa Phi scholastic honor society.

Sandra taught fourth and fifth grade students (with no class smaller than 40 students) for seven years, 1960-1966, in the DeKalb County School District, Doraville, Georgia, and in the Buford Public School District, Buford Georgia, 1966-1967.

Dr. Sandra Greer, as she was known professionally, was employed in the department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, from 1971-2002. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses in diagnosis of reading difficulties, children’s literature and elementary education teaching skills. She chaired the Department of Curriculum and Instruction from 1988 until her retirement in December 2002. She retired as Professor Emeritus. Dr. Greer was a respected teacher, professor, advisor, mentor and chair.

She served as the chair of the first university planning committee from 1984-1987. For many years she directed the Bill Martin Jr., author, summer workshops at the university hosting hundreds of graduate students. She was a member of IO Chapter of PEO and the First United Methodist Church of Pittsburg.

She loved her family, friends and home. She was an avid reader and shared book experiences with her book club friends. She enjoyed cooking and collecting cookbooks. She also collected children’s books and enjoyed antiques. She loved travel having been to 49 states (not South Dakota), 5 continents and 33 countries. She especially loved Lake Louise, Canada, in July, and the Grand Tetons in September.

Sandra is survived by her husband, Lee R. Christensen, Pittsburg, whom she married December 28, 1972, in the Timmons Chapel on the Pittsburg State University campus; a daughter Greer Alexandra Helen Lawson, son-in-law Josh Lawson, and her beloved granddaughter, Lane Alexandra Helen Lawson, all of Aiken, South Carolina. In addition she is survived by her namesake, Aunt Frances Buice Pate of Ashburn, Georgia; her brother Jere P. Greer and sister-in-law Julie Greer of Thomaston, Georgia; sister Anne Brooks Greer Mitchell of Buford, Georgia; nieces and nephews Powell Greer (Chris) Hosey, Thomaston, Georgia; J. Patrick (Lara) Greer, Thomaston, Georgia; Jeremy E. (Molly) Mitchell, Dallas, Georgia; Brooks Anne Mitchell Vadner, Buckeye, Arizona; Michelle Christensen Rock, Rockford, Illinois and Scott A. Christensen, Norwalk, Iowa; also ten great-nieces and nephews. Josh Lawson and the nieces and nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.

She was preceded in death by a son, Lee Henrik Christensen, August 23, 2008; her parents and an infant brother, Walter Donald Greer.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 21st, at the First United Methodist Church, Pittsburg, Kansas, with the Reverend Thomas Sims officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 20th, at the First United Methodist Church. Cremains will be inurned at the Timmons Chapel Columbarium on the Pittsburg State University Campus. The family suggests memorials be given to The Rotary Leffler Park for children’s playground equipment or Angels Among Us to assist cancer patients and their families. These may be left at or mailed to Brenner Mortuary 114 East 4th Street, Pittsburg, KS, 66762. Friends may leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com Arrangements are under the direction of Brenner Mortuary.

Friends are requested to write their memories of Sandra addressed to Lane Lawson so that she will one day have your personal remembrances of her grandmother. These may be mailed to Sandra’s home address addressed to Lane. Memories can also be emailed to greerchristensen@yahoo.com.



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