Tamra Taylor Christensen, our beloved and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed peacefully into the arms of her Heavenly Father on January 14, 2023, surrounded by family. She was born on December 14, 1939, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Orson Eldridge Taylor and Veda Cameron Taylor. She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She married Gary Richard Christensen, the love of her life, in November 1962 and they were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake temple in January 1999.
Tamra was a devoted mother of five children. During her many years of child rearing, she put her talents to use in a variety of projects. An excellent seamstress, she took pride in sewing many matching dresses for her two girls. She had a creative imagination for her children's Halloween costumes, birthday cakes, games, and parties. Many quilts were sewn, tied and given as gifts. She loved decorating a room and had a flair for putting things together in appealing ways. As a devoted wife she worked side by side with her husband Gary for many years. Having a head for numbers and finance, she kept records and books for their variety of business endeavors. She was an organizer and an excellent cook, preparing and serving many meals as part of their work together. In retirement Tamra and Gary enjoyed traveling, settling in his hometown of Monroe, Utah for a time. A loving caretaker, she attended to the needs of husband Gary for many years. A talented artist, Tamra as a teenager, did a large oil painting on a sliding door in the home she grew up in. Later, she began to use oils, pencils and pastels, doing portraits of people she loved with her natural talent. Ever determined Tamra, at the age of 66, decided to return to school and earned her High School diploma on May 9, 2006. She went on to earn a Dental Front Office Certificate in July the same year. She worked at a variety of places while completing her education. The most rewarding being LDS Family Services.
Tamra was a great giver, a humble servant; choosing to see the good in people. She was a comforter, a listener and a friend. Her kind, loving spirit will be missed every day.
Tamra leaves behind many loved ones. Daughter, Terri; Sons, Grant, Todd, and Derek, and their loving spouses, Lisa, Maria and Erin. Son-in-law Gregory Sharp. Her beloved sister Joyce and husband Gary. Grandchildren, Shawn (Elisha), Elisha Marie, Jordan, Aaron, Meckenzie (Cameron), Stockton, Hagen (Haylee), Attley, Ava, Sawyer, Hazel, Skylar, Sarah and Coda. Her great grandchildren, Tristen, Bram, Quinn, Kelli, Kai, Ruston, Barrett, and Everlee. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Gary, daughter Kellie Sharp, her parents, her sister Judy and brothers Gayle and Roger.
A funeral service to honor and celebrate her time on earth will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 12101 South 700 West Draper, Utah 84020, on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be held prior to services from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Larkin Sunset Gardens..
A special thanks to Dianna and Bridgette with IHC Hospice. Their care, kindness, and support saw us through.
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My dear friend, Tamra, I will miss your beautiful smile and loving friendship. We didn't know each other for very many years, and yet we felt a real kinship because our birthdays were one day apart in December, and we both grew up in the South Salt Lake/Sugarhouse area. Our lives were both involved strongly with our husbands work. I only wish I had been able to spend more time with her these last few months. I'm feeling very disappointed and sad today because I missed her funeral. I just saw her obituary one hour too late to attend her celebration of life. This world has lost a beautiful, thoughtful and kind heart. We need more people like Tamra in our world. To the family I send my love and hope that you keep Tamra always in your hearts. She will always be in mine.
Sending love to the Christensen Family 🤍 Tamra was such a special woman and I know she will be missed. I’m so glad I knew her … she had such an impact on everyone that knew her and made everyone feel special and loved.
I was saddened alot, when hearing the news of Tameras passing, she was a very beautiful lady, inside and out, always friendly, up-beat and willing to do anything for anyone. She will be truly missed by everyone...
R.I.P. Tamera, fly high with the Angels, GODSPEED !! Condolences to Grant, Todd, Derrick and Terri, God Bless you at this difficult time, may God wrap you in his arms and comfort you...
Love all of you, I am so sorry for your loss...
Rest In Peace Tamera
May your memory be eternal, give my Dad, Mom and Brother a big hug and tell them, I love and miss them...
Rest In Peace
Love you mom! You will forever be remembered!