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Mary Ellen Jensen

June 3, 1948 January 8, 2019
Mary Ellen Jensen
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Mary E. Jensen
1948 - 2019

Mary E. Jensen, 70, of College Place, WA, died Jan. 8, 2019, of complications of dementia.
A memorial service will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, Walla Walla, at a future date.
She was born in Decorah, Iowa, and raised on a dairy farm. She attended one-room country schools and later Decorah public schools, where she graduated from high school in 1966. She attended Luther College in Decorah, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1970.
She married Jon Jensen in Decorah in 1970. She taught Head Start and first grade in Bismarck, ND, for eight years. She then graduated from the University of Minnesota—Moorhead in 1980 with a master’s degree in special education. She was a resource room teacher in Idaho Falls, ID, for 17 years. The couple later lived in Oak Harbor, WA, before moving to College Place. She was active in each Lutheran congregation they belonged to and in Friends of the Library organizations in Oak Harbor and Walla Walla. She loved teaching, travel and art.
She is survived by her husband; a brother, William, of Franklin, TN; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Wilbur; a sister, Marlys; a niece, Deborah; and a nephew, Lonnie.
Pursuant to her wishes, her body was cremated.
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