Christena Bell Weeks was called home to be with her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ on September 9, 2019. She was 93.
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Christena was born in Omsted County, Minnesota on Feb. 5, 1926 to Henry and Mary Weeks.
Chris was lead to Jesus Christ by her mother at the age of 8. Gospel Teams strengthened her faith during her teen years while at Bible Camp. After high school graduation, the Lord spoke to her about going to Bible School. A small scholarship was provided so she enrolled and graduated from Kansas City Bible College (now Calvary Bible College). During her freshman year God spoke to her abut missions in French Sudan (now Mali Republic in West Africa). After serving in her home church in Oklahoma City, she came to Billings, Montana and served in the Church of The Air (later it became Billings Bible Church) and the Montana Gospel Crusade, serving in Christian Education, and in children and youth work. She served in Billings from 1950-1955.
For the next 35 years Chris was in Mali Republic, West Africa, teaching children, sharing the Gospel and loving the Bambara people. After retiring from foreign field service, Chris returned to Billings and became an “on staff” church missionary encouraging young people to think about missions, leading individuals to Christ, visiting senior citizens in their homes and nursing homes, & teaching Sunday School.
In 2014 Christena moved to Shipps Assisted Living Home in Absarokee, Montana where she continued to speak to any and all who would listen about her Savior, Jesus Christ.
As Christena’s mounting medical difficulties became more serious she moved to Eagle Cliff Manor in Billings so she would be closer to friends and hospital facilities. Twelve days later she entered Heaven’s Gate to look up her Blessed Savior for the first time.
Christena was preceded in death by her mother & father, & three brothers - Herman, Freddie, and Charles, and two sisters – Loretta and Geraldine. She is survived by one sister, Elsie, and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Christena’s life will be held at Smith West Chapel on Thursday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m.
Suggested memorials may be made to Gideon’s International, Avant Mission, & Clydehurst Christian Ranch.
Special thanks to Compassus Hospice for their caring support and to Tess Shipp and the staff at Shipps Assisted Living for the warmth and kindness hey showed to Christena. Also a special thank you to Vivica Fischer for her endless efforts to help Chris in so many ways.