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Jennie Jensen

Died: Sun., Feb. 21, 2016


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Feb. 25, 2016
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 26, 2016
Location: Colonial Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Fri., Feb. 26, 2016
Location: Colonial Funeral Home

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Our beloved mother and grandmother, Jennie Jensen, 99, passed away peacefully with her family about her, February 21, 2016, from conditions incident to old age.  She was born January 14, 1917, in Downey, Idaho. She was the 7th of 12 children born to Charles Albert and Jennie Vene Stoddard Royter. She was raised and lived the joy and excitement of family life in the country. She remained close to her family all her life. She worked as a nanny and telephone operator. She and her siblings worked hard all week and looked forward to the weekends and dancing. 

She eventually came to Pocatello to help her sister. She met Cleon Ludlie “Tom” Jensen at a dance. They dated on and off for years. They married December 24, 1942.  They were sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple on May 22, 1971. Tom served in the Navy during World War II. Shortly after the birth of their first child, Judy, Jennie moved to California. They lived in Oakland, while Tom was stationed at the Alameda Naval Air Base. They returned to Pocatello after the war and had two more children, Thomas Ray and Phillip Carl.  Jennie spent the rest of her life here.

Jennie was a wonderful wife and mother. She loved house keeping and created a warm and welcoming home. She sewed clothing for the family, embroidered her linen and canned food from their garden.  She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in various capacities until her advanced age made activity impossible.  Jennie and Tom loved to dance and entertain and were active in politics. Mom was thrilled to have shaken hands with President John F Kennedy. Jennie was an artist and produced many beautiful works of art over the years, in various mediums.  Pencil and chalk drawings and clay sculptures were her favorites.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, Charles Albert Riter, Anona Lewis, Wanda Hannah Carlson,  Florence Marie Coffin, Dean Aquilla Royter,  Dorothy Hailstone,  Roy Royter,  Essie Allen,  George Royter,   Richard LaMonte Royter  and  Teddy Reese Royter.

She is survived by her children, Judy (Dale) Kirkman, Thomas Ray (Dianne) Jensen and Phillip Carl (Karlee) Jensen; sister-in- law, June Royter; 17 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Special thanks to the wonderful care givers at Helping Hands Home Health, Encompass Hospice and Monte Vista Hills Health Care.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 6-8 pm at Colonial Funeral Home 2005 S. 4th Ave. Pocatello, Idaho 83201, 208-233-1500.

Services will be held on Friday February 26, 2016 at 1 pm with a viewing for one hour prior to the services, also at Colonial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, 2864 S. 5th Ave. Pocatello, Idaho 83204.

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Raquel Henderson
   Posted Tue February 23, 2016

GARDEN PATH was sent by Raquel Henderson.

Judy and family, sending lots of love and hugs your way. Love always, Raquel, McKenna and Paige Henderson

Kadee Kirkman
   Posted Tue February 23, 2016
i didn't know her all that well,and now that her time is through,i really should have spent more time with her.

Douglas Royter
   Posted Wed February 24, 2016

WATER COLOR WREATH was sent by Ted, Charles and Douglas Royter.

Lisa Phillips
   Posted Thu February 25, 2016

SENTIMENTAL THOUGHTS was sent by Jim, Nancy, Lisa, Ryan .

Dear Kirkman Family, may you take comfort in knowing that there is one more angel above us. Hugs to All...Love (Raquel's family) Jim, Nancy, Lisa, Ryan and Brax

Marilyn (Jolley) Hoffer
   Posted Fri February 26, 2016
Dear Judy, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Julia told me this morning that she had visited your mother as a hospice care giver and enjoyed her so much. I remember how sweet she was when we were young. Time goes by and here we are....much, much, older, and I am wishing we had stayed in touch over the years. It is so hard to lose a mother no matter the age but what a blessing that you were so close. My heart goes out to you and your family at this time. Love, hugs, and prayers for you. Marilyn and Lloyd Hoffer

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