Christu Arlyn Nelson Christu, age 72, of Minneapolis, formerly of Moorhead and Wayzata MN, passed peacefully on July 10, 2005. She was a beautiful and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who unconditionally loved her family, friends, all children and the wild birds to whom she tended with such loving care. Preceded in death by her parents, Arne and Mildred Nelson, Arlyn is survived by Chris, her loving husband of 51 years; sister, Jeanne; children, Denise, Eric, Anthea, Maria and step-sons, Nick and Paul; many loving family members and her beloved nine grandchildren. Born and raised in Wayzata, Arlyn graduated from Mankato State University in 1953 and pursued a career in elementary education. Arlyn and Chris made their home in Moorhead, where Arlyn quickly involved herself in community activities, including serving as School Board Member, Clay County Republican Chairwoman, Charter member of St. Lukes Hospital Auxiliary, PEO President, and an active member of St. John the Devine Episcopal Church. Above all, Arlyn devoted herself to children, both her own and those in the community. She organized and conducted summer bible school at the St. Columba Mission Episcopal Church on the White Earth Indian Reservation and spent numerous hours at St. Lukes Hospital comforting premature babies. In 1994, Arlyn and Chris moved to the Becketwood Cooperative in Minneapolis where Chris currently resides. Arlyn was a gentle friend who sought out and nurtured the best in everyone, and touched the lives of many. Her positive spirit lives on in those who knew her, especially her grandchildren, whom she adored. God now has her soul, but she lives on in each of us. The family sends a special thanks to the caring staff at Lyngblomsten Care Center. Viewing will be held at the WILLWERSCHEID FUNERAL HOME, 1167 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 from 4-8 PM. Memorial service will be held at THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF ST. JAMES ON THE PARKWAY, 3225 East Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55417 on Wednesday July 13, 2005 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Arlyn's name to; Department of Development, Mayo Foundation (Cortical-Basal Degeneration Research), 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905; The Episcopal Church of St. James on the Parkway - stjamesop. org; or Save the Children Foundation http://

Published on July 11, 2005

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