Centerville, UT - Lani Kay Harrison Christensen, 82, died Monday, December 19, 2022, in Bountiful, Utah, surrounded by her family, twenty nine years to the day after her mother passing. Both were just over a month of the same age at their passing. She married Gayle on May 5, 1956, and was later sealed together in the Salt Lake Temple.
She was born January 30, 1940, in Salt Lake City to Vestil (Ves) Schofield Harrison and Catherine (Kay) May Kurland Harrison. She was the oldest of their four children. She lived almost her whole life in her beloved town of Centerville. She and her sister, Cece, took up roller skating as teenagers and she met Gayle, the love of her life there. She and Gayle became skating partners and thus began their partnership for life (and beyond).
She inherited her father's creative artistic talent and enjoyed years of flower arranging, painting and jewelry creations among other activities. She spent years in Young Women's. She always had a tender touch working with the Young Women for many years.
Lani was always a hard worker. She sold LeVoy's clothing, wheat grinders, and bread makers. She also proved an excellent manager in various retail situations including becoming the manager of the retail portion of the LDS Distribution Center off Redwood Road and the Distribution Store in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
She converted an upstairs bedroom in their home into a sewing shop because of her love of sewing and creating. She and Gayle made and sold many things up there. One of the most loved was the fuzzy monkeys that brought joy to her grandchildren, great grandchildren and hundreds of those who purchased them throughout the years.
She is survived by her husband and beloved lifelong partner, Gayle Kay Christensen, and her sister, Cecelia Harrison Foxley, her brother, Rulon K. Harrison and children including Tod (Katherine Peterson) of North Salt Lake, Brad (Celeste Johnson) of Woods Cross, Catherine (Cathy) Williams (David) of Tucson, AZ, Michelle Gardiner (Gary) of Centerville, Denice Bradfield (Grant) of Centerville, Brenda Lutz (Stanley) of Phoenix, AZ. She is also survived by sixteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents, Vestil (Ves) Schofield Harrison and Catherine (Kay) May Kurland Harrison, and brother, Richard K. Harrison.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at the Centerville Cemetery, 650 East 400 South.
A special thanks to her husband, Gayle for his loving care of Lani over the years. Also a special thanks to her children, and the care givers at Country Home Assisted Living.