Ethel Pearl (Temple) Jensen


Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2007


  Ethel Pearl (Temple) Jensen

Ethel Pearl (Temple) Jensen

Sterling resident Ethel Pearl (Temple) Jensen died Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, at her son’s home in Sterling. She was 93.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Soldotna, 35910 S. Jawle St., behind Big John’s Tesoro. Pastor Nate Davis, administrator of Grace Christian School in Anchorage, will officiate. Additional services will be held in Omaha, Neb., at a later date. She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Clifford Jensen, at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha.

Mrs. Jensen was born Dec. 22, 1913, to William Leslie and Sarah “Sadie” Lucile (Bell) Temple in Odell, Neb. She graduated from North High School in Omaha and furthered her education by graduating from business school as a secretary. She worked as a secretary for Northwest Mutual Insurance Co. in Omaha from 1931 until she married Clifford Jensen in 1940.

They moved to Juneau in 1940 and returned to Omaha in 1941 just after the war began. Mrs. Jensen retired in 1979 as a secretary at the Addressograph-Multigraph Corp. in Omaha.

Mrs. Jensen moved to Sterling on Nov. 28, 2005, to be closer to her son, which is where she resided until her passing.

She was a member of the Northside Christian Church in Omaha. She also was a distinguished pianist and enjoyed genealogy, playing bridge and helping others.

“Mom never met a stranger or someone she didn’t like. She was fair-minded and her favorite saying was, ‘If you can’t say something nice about a person, then say nothing at all.’ She was a ‘feared’ card player and seldom lost. Her unfailing memory of names, dates and places enabled her to write a book about her lineage and placed her high in the genealogical circles. She loved to play the piano and have everyone gather around and sing,” her family said.

“She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who set a high moral standard. We were all glad when she turned 90 and slowed down so the rest of us could keep up. We all love you and thank you.”

Mrs. Jensen was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Marc Jensen; granddaughter, Karin Wade; brothers, Harold and Elwood Temple; and sister, LaRue Lewis.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Mary Jensen of Sterling; daughter and son-in-law, Linda K. and Winston Wade of Scottsdale, Ariz.; granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Sherri and Nate Davis of Anchorage and Jessica and Marcus Cravens of Oceanside, Calif.; grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Eric and Marnie Jensen of Kenai and Daniel and Kristine Jensen of Denver; and eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Central Peninsula, P.O. Box 2584, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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