Lea, Nancy (Christenson) May 28, 1939 - April 5, 2021 Nancy Lee Lea was born on May 28, 1939, in Morris, Minnesota, the daughter of Lawrence and Gladys (Urness) Christenson. She grew up in Cyrus and graduated from Cyrus High School in 1956. On December 15, 1956, Nancy was united in marriage to Ronald D. Lea in Morris, Minnesota. They lived in Willmar for many years, where they raised their three children, later moving to Eden Prairie in 1988. Nancy spent many years working in retail, first at Wallaces in Willmar and later at Casual Corner in Edina, where she achieved the coveted goal of one million dollars in sales. She was known for dressing to impress, and enjoyed traveling, cooking for a crowd, winters in Florida and summers at the lake. For the past 26 years, Nancy has resided in Edina with her significant other, Bob Ardolf. Nancy passed away on April 5, 2021 in Edina, MN, at the age of 81 years. She is survived by son, Rory Lea, wife Amy and their daughters Hanna and Karlie of Chanhassen, MN; son, Chad Lea, wife Lori and their sons Jared, Logan and Zach of Mound, MN; grandson, Tyler Hirth, wife Rachel and their son Hawkins of Tonka Bay, MN; granddaughter, Morgan Haupert, husband Dave of Lakeville, MN; brother, Jim Christenson (and special friend, Loretta) of Yakima, WA; significant other, Bob Ardolf of Edina, MN; and Bob's children, Blaise Ardolf, Sheri Ann Anderson and husband Chris, and Barry Ardolf. Nancy was preceded in death by husband Ron, daughter Vickie Lea, brother Darrel Christenson, sister Pat Muehlbauer; and a special aunt and uncle Sam and Aggie Olson. Memorials preferred to Smile Train or NC Little Hospice. Interment Fairview Cemetery in Willmar, MN. A limited funeral service was held at 11 AM on Thursday, April 8th at: Washburn-McReavy.com Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400 7625 Mitchell Rd. (1 blk. N. of Hwy 5)
Nancy (Christenson) Lea
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