Lillian Jensen: 1917-2004
Lillian Jensen died Nov. 10, 2004, at Heritage Senior Home in Grand Junction. She was a long-time resident of the Craig-Meeker area. She was 86.
Jensen was born Dec. 27, 1917, in Highland, Mich., to Glenn and Eva Lewis.
Jensen, her parents and younger sister moved to the Nine Mile area north of Meeker when she was 4 years old, traveling by train to Rifle, then stage to Meeker and finally by buckboard to Nine Mile. They later moved to Wilson Creek, where she attended school in one-room school houses there and in Axial. She graduated from high school in Flippen, Ark., where the family lived for two years before moving back to Wilson Creek. On Oct. 23, 1938, she married Harold Jensen, who was running sheep during the summers in the Wilson Creek area. They lived in Centerfield and Gunnison, Utah, where their four children were born, one of whom died in infancy.
In 1951, they moved back to the Wilson Creek ranch, which they purchased from Glenn and Eva Lewis. In 1962, they moved to a small ranch north of Craig near Fortification Creek, where they later built a log home. Harold and Lillian moved to Craig in 1989. Jensen loved her entire family and was never happier than when she was with her siblings, children and grandchildren. After their children were grown, Lillian and Harold were foster parents to several children. She enjoyed sewing and won many grand-champion ribbons at the Moffat County Fair. She had a large garden, baked the family’s bread and was an avid deer hunter. She was active in the Fortification Creek Home Demonstration Club, a sewing club and in later years volunteered her time at the local museum.
Jensen is survived by her daughters Evelyn Dunn of Las Vegas, and Paula Riley of Nucla; son, Paul Jensen of College Station, Texas; sister, Marjorie Forbes of Hamilton; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Jensen was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Eva Lewis; husband, Harold; her infant son, George; a sister, Jo White; two brothers, George and Gene; and a grandson, Clint Blincoe.
Jensen that requested no memorial or funeral be held, but that a family and friends reunion be held in the summer, at which time her ashes would be scattered where her husband’s were scattered 13 years ago.
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