Twila Jean Christiansen
Twila Jean (Folts) Christiansen, age 80 of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed away on August 14, 2021.
Twila was born on September 30, 1940 in York, Nebraska to George and Evelyn Folts. She grew up on a farm near Bradshaw, only 2 miles away from her future husband, Lynn. Their little country school and church were halfway between their homes, where they first met when Lynn was in the 5th grade and she was in 1st grade. It was a very good rural life. Twila later went to Bradshaw High School and Nebraska Business Institute of Lincoln, and married Lynn at Harmony Church in August of 1962. They’ve lived in San Diego, Beatrice, York and Lincoln, where Twila worked at various secretarial jobs, had a home-based cake business, and was a wonderful homemaker. She and Lynn were married 59 years.
Twila was always active in the United Methodist Church, serving with multiple women’s groups, doing bible studies, teaching Sunday and bible school, organizing events like Festival of Tables and Tasting Teas, playing in handbell choirs, and she enjoyed being a greeter and serving as usher. She volunteered her time and talents with local fund drives and benefits, worked on city elections, enjoyed ushering at Lied Center and helping at Holmes Lake Manor with Bingo.
Twila enjoyed doing crafts, cooking and baking, and was talented with her cake decorating over the years. She spent hours in her many flower gardens. She also loved vacations and traveling all over the country, especially Sandals resorts and places like Branson, Estes Park, Nashville, the Black Hills, and Hawaii.
More than anything else, Twila loved people. She was very friendly, sociable, and loved to visit with anybody and everybody, anyplace and anywhere, whether she knew them or not! She especially loved her Red Hat ladies and their adventures, her Bunco buddies, coffee groups, card groups, and neighbors. Even after moving to Lincoln and making new friends, she continued to drive to York to be with her old ones. Twila loved living in the Legacy Retirement Community the last 5 years and enjoyed all of their activities and entertainment while making even more friends until the last few months when her weary body couldn’t keep up with her busy social life, and her Alzheimer’s seemed to progress and her health declined.
Of course, Twila was the center of activity with her close-knit family. She loved being involved in all the kids’ and grandkids’ lives, absolutely enjoyed all of the family birthday and holiday dinners, celebrations, game playing, and get-togethers. She was a good wife, dedicated mother, welcoming mother-in-law, wonderful “Grammy” and was thrilled that she would soon be called great-grandma. She will be greatly missed by all, and forever loved.
Twila is survived by her husband, Lynn Christiansen, and their two daughters, Deb Curatola of Leavenworth, KS and Vicki (James) Fairchild of Lincoln; her four grandchildren, Jenny (Jake) Curatola-Wozniak, Katie (Gary) Curatola Burruss, Bailey (Jesse) Schulz and Jackson Fairchild; her soon-to-be great grandson, “Baby Boy Burruss”; her brother, Robert (Loa) Folts of Waverly; along with many cherished nieces, nephews, family and friends. Twila was preceded in death by her parents, George and Evelyn Folts, as well as her brother, Duane.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held on Friday, August 27, at 10:00 AM at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd, Lincoln NE. Memorials can be made to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. Cremation arrangements have been made with a private burial at a later date.
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Funeral Home assisting is Aspen Mortuary, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. To view an on-line obituary or email condolences please visit Aspen Mortuary’s website at www.aspenaftercare.com.
Condolences for Twila Jean Christiansen
Aunt Twila was a very special lady, who I’ll always have fond memories of. She never knew a stranger, and made a friend of every one she met. Uncle Lynn, Vicki, Deb and families, know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers. She indeed will be missed. Family get togethers will never be the same, but we’ll all have memories of the great ones we had.
Twila always had a smile and a great sense of humor! I didn’t know her very long but I will not forget her, sending her closest family our condolences in this difficult time. Love Craig, Jessie and the boys
Twila was a generous, kind and all around fun person. You will be missed. Heaven has gained an angel. Prayers of peace for the families. Love, the Lewis’.
May the memory of your loved one sustain you through this difficult time.
Twila blessed many lives here in York and our Methodist church. God’s blessings to you all.
Lynn and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and in the days ahead. Twila’s vibrant smile and personality is well remembered. May God comfort you.
I met Twila volunteering at Holmes Lake Manor. Even though we were not able to see each other I thought of her often. I will miss her very much. God Bless
I so enjoyed Twila and Lynn at The Legacy, playing pitch, bingo and many other activities. I was so touched when she remembered me with a gift my first Christmas at The Legacy. May God give her family, especially Lynn, His comfort knowing one day we shall see her again. Please accept my condolences.
Lynn and Deb and Vicki and families. I shall miss your SWEET Twila .We were cousin friends for so many yrs…and our mothers were friends! She was such a caring person. ORGANIZED many events that we attended and got to know you girls!! God has taken a lovely person Home to heaven, where everything is now crystal clear and she is well again. Renewed. That is my comfort. I am still in hospital. Has been 9 months now… sister Gayle will try to attend services for our family and I extend sympathy to you all.. she shall be missed by so many… love to you all. Nancy
Twila and I were classmates at Bradshaw High School and I have fond memories of Twila and those high school days back in the ’50’s. Our lives after high school took different paths but I often thought of Twila. She was always there to welcome her classmates at class reunions. My sincere condolences to her family.