Rhea J. Christensen, 1928-2021

Rhea J. Christensen died August 27, 2021, at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Rhea was born Dec. 31, 1928, in Shawsville, Virginia, to the late Rev. James M and Golda E. Jewell. Rhea came to Loudoun County to teach in the fall of 1949 from Radford, Virginia. Rhea began her teaching career at Lincoln High School and later transferred to Loudoun County High School where she remained until her retirement. She retired after teaching 37 years.

Rhea, who lived in Leesburg, Virginia, was the widow of Gordon K. Christensen, who died in 2003. She was previously married to Robert Bragg.

Rhea was a loving mother and grandmother and a dedicated business teacher who enjoyed her profession and remembered most of her past students throughout her life. She enjoyed reading, listening to her favorite music and being with friends.

Rhea is survived by two daughters, Kathi Stone (Richard) of Leesburg, Virginia and Vicki Bragg Klimstra (Randall) of Norman, Oklahoma; one son, Kenneth Christensen (Emma) of Lovettsville, Virginia; and four grandsons, Ian and Carl Christensen, Crispin Anderson and Adam Carter. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Angi Powell and Candi North and four great grandchildren. Rhea was predeceased by her three brothers, William, Richard and Dallas Jewell.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Emmanuel College Alumni Scholarship Fund – P.O. Box 129, Franklin Springs, GA 30639-9901 or www.ec.edu; the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company or the Humane Society. A graveside family burial will be held September 2nd at Union Cemetery in Leesburg, Virginia. A celebration of Rhea’s life will be held at a later date.

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