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Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Shirley Lou Christiansen ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Shirley Lou Christiansen
MAIDEN NAME: Taggart AKA 1:  AKA 2:  AKA 3: 
BORN: 22 May 1935 DIED: 5 Apr 2019 BURIED: 1 Jun 2019
BIRTH PLACE:  Forest Grove, Washington Co., Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon

Name of father JR (Jack) Taggert

Maiden name of mother Henrietta Looney

Great great Granddaughter of Jesse Looney

MARRIAGE - to Roy Chirstiansen 25 Sept 1954, Marion Co.., Oregon


"Miss Shirley Lou Taggart Tells Betrothal

Romantic news being revealed during the Thanksgiving weekend is announcement of the engagement of Miss Shirley Lou Taggart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack R. Taggart, to Roy Leo Christiansen of Sublimity, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur P. Christiansen of Sublimity. No date has been set for the wedding.

The betrothal was revealed at an evening coffee party Friday at the Taggart home on Rose Street. Gusts learned the news when they found a pink chasie cat arranged on the piano with ribbon streamers lettered in gold with the engaged duo’s names.The serving table was centered with a bouquet of pink and white chrysanthemums in a silver compote flanked by pink tapers in silver candelabras. Pouring were the bride elect’s aunts, Mrs. Weldon Looney and Mrs. Elmer Heman.

Bidden to the announcement party were the misses Margaret Bach, Anita Becker, Teresa Bello, Kathie Bishop, Sandra Bliven, Shirley Coffey, Kathleen Dardis, Beverly Deggeller, Shirley Etzel, Pat Gillis, Meredith Hayes, Donna Kircher, Jacqueline Larson, Donna Lebold, Dona Zenninger, Miriam Meier, Pat Action, Joan Polster, Mary C. Rocque, Delores Schmitz, Barbara Snook, Shirley Tanners, Mary Suing, Betty Jones, Carol Taggart, Josephine Schlageter, Betty Looney, Mary Rauk, Marilyn Palmer, LaVeta Christiansen, Pat Cameron, Delores Wolf, Elaine De Jardin, Mrs. Arthur Christiansen, Mrs. Weldon Looney, Mrs. Elmer Herman, and Mrs. Jack R. Taggart.

The bride to be is a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and attends Mt. Angel College. Her fiancé is a graduate of Sublimity Schools and attended the Oregon College of Education at Monmouth." Statesman 29 Nov 1953

WEDDING: "Shirley Taggart is Brid of Roy Chirstiansen Saturday

The vivid autumn shades were featured in the floral decoration and dresses of the attendants for the lovely wedding Saturday morning uniting in marriage Miss Shirley Lou Taggart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack R. Taggart, and Roy Lee Christiansen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur A. Christiansen of Sublimity. The 10 o'clock nuptial mass was performed by the Rev. Jospeh Vanderbeck at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Soloists were Verne Esch and Wayne Meusey with Mrs. Raymond Barton the organist. The altar was decorated with bouqeuts of brillian yellow gladioluses in bras vases.

For her wedding the bride chose a princess style gown of imported Chantilly lace with an Empire waistline, long sleeves and a chapel lenth train. Her full length French illusion veil was caught to a satin headband adorned with seed pearls and sequins. She carried a rosary made of pink Cecil Brunner roses from which hung a white pearl cross, a family heirloom brought from France.

Attendants in Watlz Frocks

Miss Carol Ann Taggart was her sister's honor maid and she wore a waltz gown of crystalette in a redwood shade and carried a bouquet of yellow gladiouluses arranged in the shape of a cross. The bridesmaids were Miss Betty Looney, a cousin of the bride, Miss Patricia Henderson, a cousin of the bride, Miss Beverly Deggeler and Miss Marilyn Palmer of Stayton. Thier crystalette watlz gowns were in a vivid aqua shade and they carried crosses of yellow gladioluses.

Glenda Newman, cousin of the bride, wore an aqua frock and carried yellow gladioluses.

Thomas Christiansen stood with his brother as best man and groomsmen were Arthur Christiansen, Jr., also a brother, Donald Toepfer, John and James Gries. ushers were Leonard Hendricks, Theodore Highberger and Bernard Lulay.

For her daughter's nuptials Mrs. Taggart selected a navy blue velvet sheath dress with matching hat and accessroi8es. her flowers were white stepaholtis. Mrs. Christiansen attended her son's marriage in a rose crepe dress with dusty blue hat and corsage of deep pink roses.

Assist at Reception

A reception followed the rites at the Knights of Columus Hall. Pouring were the bride's aunts, Miss Marguerite Looney and Mrs. David Looney. Cutting the cake was Mrs. Herbert Smith, the bridegroom's aunt, and at the puch bowl were Mrs. Elmer Heman and Mrs. Dale Newman, aunt of the bride. Assisting were Mrs. John S. Lochead, Mrs. Joseph Schlageter, Mrs. George Corrigan, Miss Mary Hauk, cousin of the bride, who passed the guest book, Misses Josephine Schlageter, Dolores Riley, Patricia Orton, Mary Etzel, Marian Meier, Margaret Bach, Donna Lenninger, Shirley Coffey, Meredith Hayes and Kathleen Dardis.

When the newlyweds left on their honeymoon to Canada the new Mrs. Christiansen changed to a navy blue suit with a large collar, a pink hat and corsage of pink rosebuds. After October 10, the couple will be a home in Salem at 438 N. 22nd St." Statesman 26 Sep 1954, pg 14


SALEM - Shirley Christiansen, daughter of JR (Jack) Taggart and Henrietta (Looney) Taggart, went to be with the Lord on April 5, 2019. Shirley was born in Forest Grove, Oregon on May 22, 1935. Shirley was met in heaven by her oldest son, Daniel Christiansen and her oldest grandson, Micah Plemmons. Shirley leaves behind her husband of 60 years, Roy Christiansen, and her younger sister, Carol Daks (Calvin), and her younger brother, Robert Taggart (Betty). Shirley had 6 children: Daniel Christansen (Jennifer), Kevin Christiansen (Jean), Teresa Plemmons, James Christiansen (Terry), Marie Monda (Greg) and Jane Dunn (Tom). Shirley has 11 grandchilren: Carol and Marc Christiansen,m Kaitlin Wade (Matt and Kelly Christiansen, Micah (Ana) and Paige Plemmons, Sarah, Adam and James Monda, Samuel and Madison Dunn, and 2 great-grandchildren: Andrew White and Yvette Wade.

Shirley attended Englewood Elementary and Sacred Heart High School in Salem. She then attended the Benedictine Women's College at Mt. Angel for 1 1/2 years before marrying Roy. Roy and Shirley met on a blind date but Shirley had seen him play basketball at St. Boniface Catholic HS in Sublimity. They were married September 25, 1954.

Shirley took pride in her children and her Oregon Pioneer heritage. She was proud that her great great grandfather, Jesse Looney, was the leader of the Applegate wagon train on the Oregon Trail in 1843. Jesse Looney['s] last words to his family were "Do right, be honorable and truthful". Shirley wasnted to pass on these same values to her children and grandchildren.

Shirley was a savvy business woman. She was co-owner of Westgate Shoppong Mall and owned her own decorating business. In addition to this, she bought and sold many homes. Shirley took pleasure in sharing her decorating talents and wante peopel to "make theri house a home." Shirley was known for her unique style, always wearing a big hat and sunglasses. She loved tea parties, playing bridge and playing card games with her grandchiildren. She had strong convictions and was outspoken about her faith. Shirley had a great depth of knowledge and wisdom and loved sharing her favorite book, "Jesus Calling" with her family and friends. She will be deeply missed.

A celebration of life will be held on June 1, 219 at 11 am at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Home, 605 Commercial St. SE, Salem, OR. Reception to follow. Shirley will be laid to rest at Pioneer Cemetery. In liew of flowers please donate to the Union Gospel Mission.

"Now we look forward with confidence to our heavenly bodies, realizing that every moment we spend in these earthly bodies is time spent away from our etherial home in heaven with Jesus" 2 Corinthians 5:6-7.

Statesman Journal, 29 May 2019, pg 9A


SPC Authorization for Burial

Oregon Marriage Index

Statesman 29 Nov 1953, pg 3

Statesman 26 Sep 1954, pg 14

SJ 29 May 2019, pg 9A


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