Our mom, Jenny Jensen, was born Florence Jean Brown, in Paris, Ontario on the 28th of March, 1921. On January 9th, 2010, our family surrounded her bedside and said goodbye to a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend.
Mom was raised on a dairy farm in Broadview, Saskatchewan, so was no stranger to hard work. When she was eighteen, she entered nurses training in London, Ontario and graduated in the class of 1942. Our father, Bill Jensen, an Air Force pilot, returned from the war, and they were married in 1944. In 1946 their family was started. Cathy, Jon and Sharon made her life much busier and from her own lips, more fulfilled. Her nursing career spanned thirty years and for a good portion of those years, she juggled nursing along with raising and caring for her family.
Our mom taught us many important lessons, not the least of which was the value of friendship. When our father died in 1977, mom had just become interested in spinning and weaving. This became her new career. She attended many weaving workshops and excelled at her new craft. As a Master Weaver she shared her talents with other aspiring weavers, but often warned that it was the learning that was important, not perfection of the craft. Over the years she belonged to the Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers, in Oliver, B.C. and then the Chilliwack Spinners and Weavers Guild here in Chilliwack. In both these groups she formed strong, lasting friendships, and these friends have been a great comfort during her illness.
Another inspiring chapter in our mother’s life was her grandchildren. The birth of each one; Jon, Cullen, Nicole, Debbie, Deanne, Spencer, Matthew and Jasmine have given her “grandma’s bragging rights”. In 2004, a grandson, who had been adopted out at birth, Darren, was located and a wound that had damaged the family was mended.
Mom is survived by her three children, her grandchildren and their partners, her daughter-in-law, Sonya, her son-in-laws, Jerry and Terry, her sister Babe, her nephews Peter, Michael and Scott, great grandchildren, Amanda, Brad, Alex, Victoria, Jade, Blayde, Symone, Chloe and Mikayla and great-great grandchild Braedon.
Our mother faced her illness with courage and resolve. She admired and respected her doctor, Dr. Graham, and entered the Cascade Hospice on his advice. This decision became one that would truly impact all of our family. We watched as our mother, our grandmother, was given true love and compassion by all the staff in this wonderful home. This has been a very difficult time for all of us, but a time that would have been so much worse if not for the caring we all received from these devoted people.
We would like to offer our thanks and gratitude to everyone who helped Jenny in her last days. She had requested that we “celebrate” her life together and invite all who would like to be a part of this, to meet with our family on January 17, 2010 at 46065 Avalon Avenue (off Young N. near Country Gardens) between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.