Clara Christine Slade Gillen
1934 - 2020
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Clara Christine Slade Gillen, age 85, peacefully departed this world June 1st, 2020 at her home in Red Mesa, Colorado.

Born in Durango Colorado on July 31st, 1934; married to Ronald LeRoy Gillen.

Clara, or as most knew her, Christine was a woman of faith, family, and traditions. Born in the Community Hospital of Durango, the eldest child and daughter of Francis and Lovetta Slade, Christine began her life in our small community. Christine grew up on her family farm in Red Mesa, Colorado where she learned the value of hard work and dedication. In her later years, Christine would remember the years spent on the farm growing up fondly and often treasured reminiscing with her children and grandchildren about these times and the hardships that come with farm life. Christine was the second of many generations to attend Durango High and was even crowned football queen.

After high school, Christine volunteered and received a call to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sweden where her heritage and ancestors originated. During this mission she met Ronald LeRoy Gillen , who would later be her sweetheart in life. After completing their missions, the two were married on July 15th,1960 in the Salt Lake City temple, and were sealed for time and all eternity. After a short time in Utah, they returned to the Colorado Four Corners area to begin the rest of their life.

Christine would not only go on with farm life but would also share her amazing baking skills working at Lori's Family Dining and, also a family-owned business, for a short time in Red Mesa. Christine was a devoted member of her church and held many callings within her faith. Above all, Christine cherished family and the traditions she would instill, not only in her children, but her grandchildren as well. From this devotion, many of her children and grandchildren have gone on to wed and be sealed in the temple and serve missions.

Christine is survived by her loving husband, Ronald LeRoy Gillen, 8 living siblings, her children DeRon (Jill), Joe (Rebecca), Shelley (Lindy), Anne (Dave), Tawni (Matt), Jacquie, Jan-Allen (Cindy), and Daniel. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Please send all flowers to Hood Mortuary.

Graveside services will be held June 6th, 2020 at 10:00 AM, Redmesa Cemetery.

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Published in The Durango Herald on Jun. 2, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
JUN
6
Graveside service
10:00 AM
Redmesa Cemetery
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June 7, 2020
Christine was one of the favorites in the Slade family in the 1940s. I recall her visits with the Fowler family when living at Kline co. She would have long visits with my parents, they and I loved her, a very special lady.
David A Fowler
June 7, 2020
Christine was one of the favorites in the Slade family in the 1940s. I recall her visits with the Fowler family when living at Kline co. She would have long visits with my parents, they and I loved her, a very special lady.
David A Fowler
Family
June 6, 2020
visited their ward many times and loved hearing Christine teach. I served with Ron several years and admired bot he and Christine as examples of LDS parents. I viewed her as being sweet and gentle person not unlike my Anita who went home 6 years ago. My sympathy and condolences to Ron and the family. May you be blessed with the peace of knowing all is well and you are still together.
THOM R CARDEN
Friend
June 5, 2020
My cousin! Christine was so good to my parents. She took such care of my dad when his health was failing, She was an amazing woman. I have such fond memories of our family going to Sweden with her in the group . I would imagine there is quite the reunion going on now!

Davine Glasscock
Family
June 4, 2020
I loved Aunt Chris! She had the kindest, warm, beautiful eyes that always seemed to welcome me whenever I would see her. I remember she was always kind whenever we visited in the summer for reunions in Red Mesa. She came to my wedding which was so special. She had a gentle grace about her and a smile that I will always remember her by.
Lisa (Slade) Miller
Family
June 4, 2020
I remember Christine from her first time when she was in Sweden on her mission. I am also so glad that we had the opportunity to meet again on family reunions both in the U.S and in Sweden. Also visited her home in Red Mesa. A nice friendly person, she will always be remembered by her Swedish family.
Mona Sten
Family
June 3, 2020
I've known this beautiful soul my entire life!! She was a wonderful, genuine, and very kind lady! The world was definitely a better place because she was in it! I'm glad she's not suffering anymore! My thoughts and prayers are with her family!
Niki Wineholt
June 2, 2020
Such fond memories of growing up in the Redmesa area. Christine , Ron and their family had an open door policy that was a saving grace for myself as well as others as a youth. I can still remember Christines enchanting laugh. She was always cheery and positive , and man could she give you a hug that would melt away all troubles . I spent countless hours in the Gillen home along side Shelley and Anne while we made up dance moves, talked of boys and our crushes, and figured out the mysteries of adolescence. Christine shared her home, her cooking, her love, her family and her prayers generously. She indeed was a woman among women and I am better for having known her. My love and everlasting gratitude to the beautiful Gillen family .
Marsha Paulek Gouls
Friend
June 2, 2020
What a wonderful person and Aunt. My heart goes out to Ron and the family. When I think of love and peacemaker I think of aunt Chris. I am so thankful to have the knowledge we will be all together again. I know many loved ones welcomed Aunt Chris and she us on a better place. It is hard for all those left behind. I pray for the family that peace will be found and she will comfort you during the hard times. God bless you. We love you all so much
Eric Gillen
Eric Gillen
June 2, 2020
I love Aunt Chris! Her house was a second home to me growing up, she was like a second mom , and her kids were almost like my own brothers and sisters. Aunt Chris would always include me on their trips to Utah, which is where and why I met my Eric! What a beautiful woman she is both inside and out and when I think of Aunt Chris , I think of springtime and flowers (and cinnamon rolls)! Until we meet again, I will hold your memory in my heart.
Kimberly Gillen
Family
June 2, 2020
I Love you Aunt Chris, may you and your family be at Peace.
Thank you for always being kind and loving to me.
Rachel
Family
June 2, 2020
This was a beautiful tribute to an elect lady. I remember many fond experiences with my eighteen-years-older sister. She and Ron were always there for me. My love and condolences to her beautiful posterity.
Gloria Decker
Sister
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