Thursday, November 19, 2015

Obituary of Mary White Jensen

Mary, the wife of our cousin DeLamar Jensen, passed away this week.  We will be going to her funeral in Provo, Utah, on Saturday, November 21, 2015
Mary White Jensen
Mary White Jensen passed away at her home in Provo, Utah, of causes incident to age on Sunday, November 15, 2015.  She was 91.  
Mary was born December 6, 1923 in Tremonton, Utah, to Dr. Edgar H. and Lucy Jones White. She was raised and educated in Tremonton, graduating from Bear River High School and Utah State University. She also received a Graduate Certificate in Social Work from the University of Utah, and worked as a social worker prior to her marriage.
Mary served a mission in Mexico and Guatemala, and later accompanied her husband to Peru where he served as mission president from 1980 to 1983, and in Santiago, Chile from 1998 to 1999 on a Welfare Services mission. Mary loved the people from her missions, and has maintained their friendship and language throughout her life.
She married De Lamar Jensen May 18, 1951 in the Salt Lake Temple. They made their home in Provo after Dee accepted a position in the history department at BYU. They lived in Europe on several occasions and traveled extensively throughout the world.
Mary was active in university and LDS church activities, serving faithfully in many callings. She enjoyed music, sports, reading, writing, cooking, sewing, gardening, and traveling. She loved water, and never passed up a chance to swim, whether pool, river, lake or ocean.
Mary especially loved people. She mothered not only her own children, but cared for countless others who needed her. She loved making bread, and delivered her signature round loaves to neighbors and friends for decades. She wrote her personal history as well as biographies of her parents and siblings. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and has helped them in many ways.
Survivors include her husband, De Lamar Jensen of Provo; Four daughters and one son: Jonna Lu Williams (Dale) of St. George, UT; Marde Brunson (Ross) of Sandy, UT; Emily Porfiri (Robert) of Spanish Fork, UT; Christine Peters of Provo, UT; Bradford Jensen (Kathleen) of Naples FL; and foster daughter Roxana Canazaca of Provo, UT; 20 grandchildren, and 41 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Edgar and Lucy White; a sister Dixie; and four brothers: Jones, Hartley, Wendell, and Hobart; Son-in-law Albert Peters and Granddaughter Stacy Brunson.

Mary was buried in East Lawn Memorial Hills in Provo on Nov. 18. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2015 in the Oak Hills Seventh Ward chapel @ 1038 N. 1200 E., Provo. Friends and family may visit with the family in the Relief Society room beginning at 12:30 p.m.
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