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Hulda Christiansen
A graveside service was held Saturday at Lakewood Memorial Park for Hulda Christiansen, 95, of Ceres. She died April 15, 2012.

Franklin and Downs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Born March 13, 1917 on Christofferson Road near Turlock, Hulda moved shortly thereafter to what was to become the family home for the next 95 years on Carpenter and Grayson. She was a graduate of Jones School, Ceres High School, Modesto Junio College, and Santa Barbara State College. She taught for three years in Goleta and one year in San Bernardino, before she entered Claremont Graduate School to work on an administrative credential in education. During World War II, she organized entertainment for the USO in Honolulu and at Herlong Ordnance Depot near Reno. Mrs. Christiansen than began a career in finance/accounting with the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service, working in such places as Ecuador, Philippines, Mexico City, Greece, Afghanistan, Washington, D.C., Haiti, Bolivia, Southern Rhodesia, Sweden, Bulgaria, Ivory Coast, Costa Rica, Iceland and Nigeria. After retiring, she cared for her parents and brother and started new careers in real estate and almond farming.

She leaves behind her sisters Thelma Couchman of Modesto and Lilian Eaton of Galt; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Christiansen of Modesto and Alma Deiparinae Christiansen of Turlock; her nieces, Carole Beyers of Danville, Arlene Webb of Waterford, Christine Eaton of San Luis Obispo, Sarah Dove of Santa Rosa, Rebecca Eaton of Galt, Rebecca Harrison of San Jose and Rachel Eaton of Concord; and her nephews, David Christiansen and Jon Christiansen, both of Modesto, Michael Eaton of Galt, Richard Eaton of Carmichael, Jonathan Couchman of Modesto, Mark Couchman of Sonoma, and David Couchman of Modesto. She was preceded in death by parents Frederick and Kirsten Christiansen and brothers Carl, Arne, and James Christiansen.

-Ceres Courier/ April 25, 2012