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Connie Christensen, 72, who started in journalism as a reporter and columnist and then served as the Deseret News chief librarian for many years, died of cancer on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2001.

A resident of Salt Lake City and Provo, she was born in Dayton, Idaho, where she attended elementary and high school. During World War II, she and her family moved to a dairy farm near the Snake River in Ontario, Ore., where she graduated from high school.

She moved to Boise, where she worked for the Idaho Daily Statesman, which awarded her a scholarship to the University of Idaho in Moscow.

Miss Christensen moved to Salt Lake City to work as a reporter for the Deseret News. She was a columnist covering women's golf, then took over as head librarian. She worked for the paper for 37 years before retiring in January 1991.

She was a member of the Women's Bonneville Golf Association and was president of the group in 1961. She was honored by the Utah State Women's Golf Association in 1971.

She was a member of the Assistance League of Salt Lake City and was known as "the book lady" at the group's thrift shop. She was a member of the International Ski Association and a volunteer for Holy Cross Hospital Auxiliary.

She wrote freelance articles and was a member of the women's journalism honorary, Theta Sigma.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Relyea Funeral Chapel in Boise, where friends may call one hour before service. Burial will be in Cloverdale Cemetery, Boise. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Connie Christensen Scholarship Fund at the University of Idaho.