Crystal "Chris" E. Irvin, 85, of Austin, died Thursday evening, April 24, 2014, at Comfortcare Center in Austin.

She was born in rural Freeborn County on Oct. 23, 1928, to Ben and Amanda (Sathre) Christianson.

She attended school in Stewartville.

On June 7, 1947, she married Paul Irvin in Austin. She was a dedicated homemaker who loved raising her children and taking care of her and her husband's home.

She volunteered at several different organizations, including the Austin Historical Society.

She enjoyed playing music on the piano, organ and accordion. She also liked fishing, doing and teaching ceramics and needlepoint.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Paul Irvin Sr. of Austin; children, Lavonne McCarthy of Canton, Paul (Linda) Jr. of St. Peter, Darlene Hoffman of North Mankato and Debra (Craig) Lewison of Janesville, Wis.; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Wilma "Babe" Cooper of Arvada, Colo.; and nieces.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Sharon Kay Irvin; two sisters and three brothers.

A funeral service was held at Wednesday, April 30, at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery.

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