Beth Ann Christiansen

May 16, 1957


August 24, 2020

Beth Ann Christiansen

May 16, 1957


August 24, 2020

Beth Ann Christiansen, age 63, of Billings, passed away on August 24, 2020. She was born on May 16, 1957 to Hubert “Buzz” and Bernice Christiansen in Red Lodge, MT; she joined her two older sisters Denice and Jo. Beth was the true “baby” of the family. She was the light of her parents’ eyes. Growing up in Billings, the family settled at the house on Miles Avenue. The three girls enjoyed many years of running around with their neighborhood buddies, and attending Miles Avenue Elementary School. Beth went on to be a cheerleader at Lewis & Clark Middle School, and graduated from West High School, followed by the University of Montana earning a degree in Communications.

After college, Beth worked for the County Attorney’s office as a probation officer and victim witness assistant. She presented at numerous conferences because of her expertise. After her tenure at the County Attorney’s office, she went to work for the US Attorney’s office and continued her role as a victim witness assistant. One of the proudest moments of her career was meeting Janet Reno. In 2000 she received the Quality Step Increase award for her tenacity in restoring victims’ rights. 

On June 4, 1988, she married Duane Binstock and from this union, her greatest joy, Joseph Binstock was born. Duane and Beth later separated. Beth was the greatest supporter, proudest mom, and never missed a baseball game of Joey’s. You knew where she was in the stands because she was the loudest one cheering. She was also an avid Montana Grizzly and Denver Broncos fan and would don her Griz gear first thing in the mornings. She and Buzzy loved to rehash the games together. Her love of horse racing led her to purchase a couple of racing horses and she proudly displayed their winning records from around the state. Beth was the hostess with the mostest and she would always have food on the table and a cold beverage when you stopped by, even if it was to just say hi. 

In 2007, she married James “Jimmy” Desjarlais and he spent the last few years as her caregiver. They were soulmates forever and had many adventures together. 

Beth struggled with addiction and she was an overcomer. She lived her last years in sobriety and we couldn’t have been more proud of her. 

She was preceded in death by her dad, Buzz Christiansen and nephew, Cody Lowe. 

She is survived by her son Joseph, her mother Bernice, sisters Denice (Gary) Marshall of Cathedral City, CA and Jo (Jim) Swain of Billings, numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and many friends who were like family to her. Auntie, we will always remember our slumber parties and backyard BBQs. We could always count on you in the middle of the day or night to be there for us, no questions asked. We confided in you and found comfort in your free spirit. Your support of us and beaming smile will be missed and we know you and grandpa are watching the games together once again.  

A viewing will be held 4-7pm on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Services will be held at a later date in Red Lodge, MT. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local Alcoholics Anonymous chapter.  

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20 thoughts on “Beth Ann Christiansen”

  1. Dear Bernice and family,

    I am so sad learning of Beth’s death. I so remember her smiles when she dropped in to visit with Buzz. Her presence will be with you always and your memories, whether sad or happy times, wil ease your heartbreak. All .of you are in my ,prayers. Nedra & C.B. Brown

  2. Wow, I cannot believe you are gone Beth. I am so sorry I lost touch with you. I guess I took for granted that you would be here for much longer. I wish I could’ve told you how much I admired you. Beautiful smile and dimples. Intelligent and fun. Mother, daughter, sister and friend. We will all miss you. May you be at peace in heaven.

    Joni Kay

    1. Paula (Pearson) Corson

      I remember Beth from our Miles Avenue days through West High. She was happy,kind, loving and had the cutest smile!

  3. Dear Bernice, Denice and Jo,
    The Stevens family are so sorry for the loss of Beth Ann. Although we haven’t seen each other much over the years we will always have fond memories of our Miles Avenue neighborhood. We had a great time! Our parents gave us a wonderful neighborhood to grow up in. I always loved Beth Ann’s sweet dimpled smile. I remember she and Joni chasing my little brother Kelly around.
    You are in our hearts and prayers.

    Much love to you,
    Julie and all the Stevens Families

  4. Pete and Carol(Weller) Timm

    We are so sad to hear of Beth’s death. I went to school with Beth, and she was a bright, happy spot in my day. My husband, Pete, knew her from Brown Baggers. He says she was always cheerful and still had the smile that I remember from school. Although she had been in pain for several years, she was always cheerful. She will be missed.

    1. Thank you for that! I met her in Brown baggers and can’t grasp that she’s really gone. My best friend ever since. Every day we saw ea other, or texted all day. Peace to her family is my prayer.

  5. I will miss our conversations and Beth’s unwavering positive outlook. We shared many wonderful memories as we watched our kids grow into amazing adults. The struggles she faced were met with courage and grace. While there is comfort in knowing you are in a far better place with your Dad, we will miss you very much!

  6. Sylvia M. Parman

    Bernice I am sorry beyond words at the loss of your daughter Beth. May sisters,
    Jo & Denice & son, Joseph find comfort remembering all those precious memories of their sister Beth. She always came to her Dad’s office with that bubbly personality & those dimpled smiles. She was dedicated to her position as Victim Witness Assistant & other responsibilities working in the various Attorneys offices. Beth is now at peace & with her Dad! My sincere
    condolences to all of Beth’s family
    Sylvia Parman

  7. My deepest sympathy to you, Mrs. Christensen … and to you both, Denise, and Jo. My heart just aches for you all. What a sweetheart Beth was! She will surely be missed. It didn’t matter if you had seen her yesterday or ten years ago, she still greeted everyone with that wonderful smile and a big hug, no matter how long it had been, since you had seen her last. My prayers are with you all! God bless.

    Kathy Griffith Wagner

  8. What a terrible shock to those of us at Brownbaggers Beth was always the light of the room and always had such a delightful smile. She was always ‘up’ even when you knew she was in pain. She was so happy to be in the wonderful world of sobriety. We will all keep her in our hearts. Rest in Peace Sweet Lady.

  9. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Beth was there with a helping hand during the dark days of my divorce. I will always be thankful for her loving support.
    In recent years we reconnected through Facebook and her wonderful smile reminded me of the warmth and light that was Beth Ann was in my life so many years ago.

  10. Jack and Darla Crumbaker

    Dear Joseph, Bernice, Denice and Jo,
    We send our sincerest condolences on the loss of your Mother, daughter, sister. May God’s grace and comfort be with each of you forever. All our love.

  11. Coral Seeley Delaplaine

    So sad to hear of Beth’s passing. I was pretty young when we left Billings but was lucky enough to see Beth again on many occasions. She impressed me so with her joyful bright soul. I can still hear her giggle and see her beautiful smile. I love to look at the old pictures on Miles Ave. Beth and Joni were such pals.
    Please know that you all will be in my thoughts and prayers
    May God tenderly comfort you with precious memories
    With Love,
    Coral Seeley Delaplaine

  12. Peggy Rowe McCurdy

    So very sorry to hear of Beth’s passing. I have fond memories of many laughs and fun times spent together. I was proud of and admired all she overcame and I appreciated her endearing spirit and generous heart.
    Rest in eternal peace BethAnn and my God cradle and comfort your family.
    Peggy ~

  13. We were so sorry to hear about Beth’s passing. Know that are thoughts are with you all. I reminisce often about are younger days in Red Lodge. From the Nevada Thiel’s

  14. The world will miss your beautiful smile, Beth. You made West High much brighter and much better, you will be missed.
    Mike Leslie

  15. During the last few years I had the pleasure doing Beth’s hair and I grew to absolutely love Beth. She always had a smile on her face and was a true fighter. She was proud of her recent success, absolutely loved her mother and was committed to fighting life’s challenges. Her kindness and genuine heart will be greatly missed. Prayers for Beth and her surviving family. Karen Teeling

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