Obituary: Phyllis Charlene "Char" Christiaens

August 23, 1954 - August 30, 2023
Phyllis Charlene "Char" Christiaens
August 23, 1954 - August 30, 2023
Posted at 4:26 PM, Aug 31, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-31 18:35:20-04

On Wednesday, August 30, 2023, Phyllis Charlene “Char” Christiaens quietly passed from this world into the loving embrace of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the presence of her family and friends. Char was born on August 23, 1954, in Conrad, MT to Edman and Maxine Ashworth.

Char was raised in Sunburst, MT and married Allyn Christiaens in 1977 after earning her BS in Nursing from Montana State University. She worked as an ICU Registered Nurse for several years at Columbus Hospital in Great Falls before becoming a Nursing Instructor at Northern Montana College. In 1991, she became a Clinical Nurse Specialist after earning her MS in Nursing from Montana State University, working in patient education, and as a CCU/CICU manager at Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls. In 2009, Char worked for VA Montana at Fort Harrison managing their community based outreach clinics and telemedicine program. She retired in 2018.

She is survived by her husband, Allyn Christiaens, son, Nathan Christiaens, and daughter, Sheena (Tyler) Annala, all of Great Falls; brothers, Phil McLachlan of Calgary, AB and Fred (Tiny) McLachlan of Kalispell; sisters, Peggy (Gene) Nordeen of Spokane, WA and Udeen (Lee) Barrows of Great Falls. She is also survived by her greatest joys, grandchildren, Parker, Sophie, Riley, and Cole Annala; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

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