Written by The Wolf Point Herald
Desiree Dawn Christine Jansen, age 21, and her unborn child were killed in a car accident on icy roads near Wibaux, Mont., on Nov. 9, 2012. She was traveling with her mother and sister to attend a family wedding in Fargo, N.D.
Desiree was born on March 13, 1991, in Billings, Mont., to Martin Jansen and Marie “Toni” Cody Jansen, both originally from Wolf Point, Mont.
Desiree, an outstanding student, attended Billings Senior High School through her junior year. She left school and completed her GED in order to begin work with RGIS Inventory. She then began working with Rocky Mountain Inventory in 2009, where she excelled as an inventory specialist. Desiree was still employed with Rocky Mountain at the time of her death.
Desiree was an amazingly beautiful outgoing person who loved to be with her family and friends. She would quickly bring a laugh and a smile to all those around her as she embraced life. Everything she did, she did in a big way.
Desiree will be greatly missed by her mother, Toni Cody Jansen of Billings; her father, Martin Jansen of Salt Lake City, Utah; her grandmother and step-grandfather, Barbara and Jim Richard of White Sulphur Springs; brothers, Joseph (Caitlyn) and Jason Schauer of Billings, Nathan Jansen of Tucson, Ariz., and Bryce Jansen of Salt Lake City; sister, Allison Jansen of Salt Lake City; her special friend, Reggie Batiste; along with 13 aunts and uncles and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Desiree was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Leo and Dorothy Cody, her paternal grandfather, Ray Jansen, all of Wolf Point; and an infant uncle, Joseph Todd Cody.
The funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. at Smith Funeral Chapel, 304 34th St. W., Billings. In lieu of flowers, the Jansen Family Memorial has been set up to assist the family at Wells Fargo Bank. Memorials can be made at any Wells Fargo branch or sent to 175 N. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101.