Funeral Service: Will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fontanelle with burial in the Fontanelle Cemetery. Pastor Steven Broers will officiate the service.
Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Wednesday, November 15th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle.
Memorials: May be directed to the Elizabeth Jensen memorial fund to be established by the family at a later date.
Mary Elizabeth (Chapman) Jensen was born December 18, 1910, in Adair County, Iowa, the daughter of Arthur and S. Elvira (O’Brien) Chapman. She passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society in Fontanelle, Iowa. She was 106 years old.
Elizabeth grew up on the Chapman family farm south of Fontanelle. She attended the local one room schoolhouse until the townships consolidated She graduated from Richland Consolidated Schools in 1928. On December 25, 1930, she was united in marriage to George C. Jensen. They spent their married years farming until semi-retiring and moving into Fontanelle in 1970. To this union four children were born: Bruce, Andy, Keith and June.
She was baptized and joined the Pleasant Grove United Church and was a faithful member until the church closed. She taught Sunday school classes, was a 4-H youth leader and active in the women’s organizations. After the Pleasant Grove Church closed, she attended the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fontanelle the last years of her life.
She enjoyed reading, genealogy and sewing. She made lots of quilts for her family and grandchildren and for missions. She loved gardening and spending time with her family and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George C. Jensen; son, Andy Jensen; brother, David Chapman; sister, Alice (in infancy); and two daughters-in-law, Jane Jensen and Cheryl Jensen.
She is survived by sons, Bruce Jensen of Bridgewater and Keith Jensen (Barbara) of Cary, N.C.; daughter, June Paxton (Ben) of Greenfield; daughter-in-law, Ione Jensen of Fontanelle; 14 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Liania Sheets of Nebraska; other relatives and friends.