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Friday, November 10, 2023
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Friday, November 10, 2023
2:00 - 3:00pm (Eastern time)
Dorothy "Louise" Coghlan Christensen, 91, of Yonges Island, widow of Thomas Clyde Christensen, Sr. went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 6, 2023. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service on Friday, November 10, 2023 in the First Baptist Church of Ravenel at 2:00 pm, and the family will receive friends beginning one hour prior. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. West Ashley Chapel.
Louise was born on September 5, 1932 in Charleston, South Carolina. She was the third child of five and the only daughter of John Kendall Coghlan, Sr. and Ethel Thomas Coghlan.
Louise attended Midland Park Elementary School and graduated from the seventh grade with honors. She graduated from North Charleston High School in 1950 and then began her career at the Charleston Naval Shipyard. She married the love of her life on November 6, 1953. She quit work to be home with her two sons until they were in school full time. During this time she also became a Tupperware dealer placing in the top twelve in the distributorship for several years. She then returned to work at the Shipyard and finally retired in 1990 as a job order control clerk in the Planning Department. After retirement she was ready to travel. She visited Hawaii, Ireland, cruised to Alaska, Bermuda, Key West, Grand Cayman Islands, and Cozumel, Mexico and traveled to many places in the United States.
Her primary life revolved around her family and the children's school and extracurricular activities including Cub Scouts, football, baseball, etc. She served as Cub Scout Den Mother, Home Room mother, and Band chaperone. She never missed a sports activity or event involving her children. Her strongest wish was to always be there for her children, supporting and loving them. She delighted in being a parent, grandparent, and great-grandparent.
She was a member of the Avinger Chapter #2187 of the United Daughters of The Confederacy, a member of the Fort Sullivan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a charter member of the South Carolina Aquarium which she enjoyed visiting often.
She grew up in Midland Park and was a charter member of Midland Park Baptist Church. Her parents helped establish the church and gave the first piece of property where the church was built. She was an active member and served as church clerk, worked in Vacation Bible School, and Women's Missionary Union .
After moving to Yonges Island, she became an active member of the First Baptist Church of Ravenel where she taught the Young Adult Sunday School Class for several years, served as church clerk, treasurer, finance committee member, choir member, and Women's Missionary Union. Her favorite was Vacation Bible School where she taught students, served in the kitchen, and decorated the fellowship hall with the VBS theme.
Her hobbies were various kinds of crafts, needlework such as embroidering, crocheting, and cross-stitching. She crocheted tablecloths, bedspreads, afghans, and baby afghans for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She gave afghans and baby afghans to many of her friends and family. She also loved playing cards.
She is survived by her son, Alan Christensen (Debbie) of Yonges Island, SC; grandson, Aaron Christensen (Dana) of New Hope, SC; granddaughter, Kari Sanderlin of Yonges Island, SC; brother, Thomas Warren Coghlan (the late Nancy) of Columbia, TN; sister-in-law, Mary Coghlan of Summerville, SC; several nieces and nephews, Belva Alexander of Summerville, SC, Steve Landry of North Charleston, SC, Jimmy and Brenda Hunter of Hardeeville, SC, Juanita and Pat Haughney of Charleston, SC, Dana and Kelly Coghlan of Holbrook, NY, and John K. Coghlan, III of Ridgeville, SC; great-grandsons, Thomas Tanner Christensen of New Hope, SC, Sawyer Thomas and Connor Alexander Sanderlin of Yonges Island, SC; great-granddaughters, Anastasia "Anya" Nicole Sanderlin of Yonges Island, SC, Gracyn Ann Christensen of New Hope, SC; and her nieces and nephews families, Kyle and Ashley Alexander and son Oliver, Whitney Alexander, David Miller, Case and Marie Sabo, Patrick and Jennifer Haughney, Anna, Olivia, and Ava Coghlan, Raven Coghlan and son, Michael, and Bridget Coghlan and son Kellen.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Clyde Christensen, Sr.; son, Thomas Clyde Christensen, Jr.; brothers, James Harold Coghlan, David Monroe Coghlan, and John Kendall Coghlan, Jr.; nephews, Leland Varnes and Jimmy Hewitt; and niece, Cindy Landry.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Ravenel, P.O. Box 129, Ravenel, SC 29470.