Juneau resident Opal Atha Sears, 92, died March 22, 2006, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home, surrounded by her loved ones, including her son, Bob Christensen; daughter, Barbara Crossen; and son-in-law, Bob Crossen.
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Born Nov. 6, 1913, she was raised with her half-brother, Edgar, by her mother and stepfather in Nebraska. At the age of 18, she married Alfred "Jim" Christensen. Together they moved to Oregon and then to Anchorage, Nome and Cordova. She was involved with missionary programs in Anchorage and Nome. In Cordova, they ran the Model Cafe and Bakery.
In 1953, she and her two children moved to Juneau. At that time, she became a member of the Assembly of God and served for many years as the president of the Christian group, Juneau Women's Aglow. She also worked for the Coast Guard for many years before sustaining an injury which led to her retirement.
She moved into the Juneau Pioneers' Home in 1993. According to family members, she regularly attended weekly church services and Bible studies, and enjoyed many hours of televangelism. Family members said, "She was usually accompanied by T.C., her adopted cat, whom she spoiled properly. She also enjoyed visits from friends and family, and naturally found her way into the hearts of the Pioneers' Home staff," they said.
There will be a memorial to commemorate her at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 27 at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.