Amanda Christensen-Kerns, 33, of Pagosa Springs, died Friday, Nov. 18, at Mercy Regional Medical Center. Amanda, the daughter of Russell Christensen and Norma Darlene Matthews, was born June 16, 1983, in Aurora, Colo.
Amanda graduated at the top of her class, from the Colorado Springs School, with the class of 2001. Following high school, she attended Fort Lewis College and graduated in 2006 with a degree in anthropology.
On March 14, 2007, Amanda was united in marriage to Justin Kerns. Working diligently as a construction office manager, Amanda also passionately pursued her dreams by baking and decorating wedding cakes. Amanda was a classically beautiful woman with a bold and bright personality. Her strikingly strong spirit lit up a room. She adored the outdoors and was usually found fishing and camping, but was just as content at home happily watching movies with her three children. Amanda was an adamant mother in her pursuit of care for her children; she loved them and always looked out for their best interests. They were the most important things in her life. Amanda had a big heart and was always trying to help someone. She will be dearly missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
Amanda is survived by her husband, Justin Kerns; her three children, Cadence Lily Kerns, Taylor Colette Kerns and Brandt Russell Kerns; her father and stepmother, Russell Christensen and Linda Christensen; her mother and stepfather, Norma Darlene Bocian and James Bryne Bocian; her two brothers, Andrew Ryan Christensen and Alexander Dalton Bocian; her two sisters, Melissa Dawn Grundy and Neely Droeger; and many other loving relatives.
The funeral service took place on Wednesday, Nov. 30, and was held at Restoration Fellowship. The service was elegant and beautiful, perfectly personifying who she was. The burial and consecration will take place Thursday, Dec. 1, at the New Manassa Cemetery in Manassa, Colo.
Memorial donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the Kerns Children Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank.