Shirley Ann Davis Christopherson

Shirley Ann Davis Christopherson

Nov. 6, 1935 – March 7, 2022

Shirley Ann Davis Christopherson, 86, passed away in the early morning of March 7, 2022, at the New Horizons Care Center in Lovell.

She was born November 6, 1935, to Jesse Wells Davis Jr. and Alpha Edna Egbert Davis in Lovell. From the time she was born to the time she was married at 18 years old, Shirley lived in the small white stucco house across the street from the LDS Church in Byron. 

She attended all her schooling in Byron, graduating in 1953. She was in the Byron High School marching band and played first chair trumpet. She was the editor of the school yearbook her senior year. She loved tumbling and gave a halftime performance, showing her tumbling skills at a Byron basketball game.

Shirley and Orvin Roger Christopherson were married December 17, 1953, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They lived in Laramie, Pavillion, Burlington, Ten Sleep and Basin. To this union were born five children, Laurie, Dwain, Tammy, Christie and Bonnie. Orvin passed away on October 27, 1989. Shirley never remarried.

She loved horses and always owned a horse that she would ride with her friends in the sand hills above Byron. She also loved dogs and always had a pet dog while she was growing up. Sometimes the dog would ride with her on the horse. She had a parakeet that she taught to talk.

After her children were mostly grown and gone, she always had a least one or two cocker spaniels as her best buddies. No doubt there was a big reunion with all of her dogs as she passed through the veil, for as we all know, “All Dogs Go to Heaven.”

In August 2020, Shirley moved from Basin to the New Horizons Care Center in Lovell, where she thrived and lived just a few rooms away from her older brother, Ed Davis. During her time in the nursing home she played the organ, which endeared her to the staff and residents alike. The staff there fondly remember her as being kind, patient and a joy to be around. She thought of the nursing home staff like family.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Orvin Christopherson, parents Jess and Alpha Davis and two grandsons, Merlin and Jeremy Brinkerhoff.

She is survived by her older brother and best friend, Ed Davis; children Laurie Christopherson (Harold “Moby” Meadors) Coombs of Byron, Dwain (Mary Kaye) Christopherson of Burlington, Tammy (Rodney) LaFollette of South Jordan, Utah, Christie (Scott Covington) Christopherson of Liberty Hill, Texas, and Bonnie (Tom) Glenn of Cheyenne; 16 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren with another one on the way.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 12, at the Basin-Greybull LDS Chapel. Burial was in the Basin Cemetery. 

Haskell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

The services were live streamed on YouTube: