Written by The Wolf Point Herald
Mildred Eleanor (Tew) Jensen, 96, died Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2012.
She was born near Peterson, Minn., Nov. 14, 1916, to Maurice and Hilda Tew. In 1919, she homesteaded with her parents near the Rock Creek area of McCone County, where she spent her youth. She married Jakob Jensen, a homesteader from the McGuire Creek area, in 1937. They bought a farm near Circle, where they raised their eight children.
She became a widow in 1958 and her eldest son, Jerry, was killed in a car wreck on Mother’s Day, less than a year later. For about the next 20 years, she worked very hard at numerous jobs to support her family. She was a babysitter, a store clerk, a kitchen assistant, a hospital cook and a clerk at the county treasurer's office until she retired because of failing health.
She has been known as “Gramma Jensen,” or as she signed her birthday cards, simply “Gram J,” for quite a while. She was able to stay in her own home until June of this year. She had a twinkle in her blue eyes and a quick wit. She loved a good joke and was quick to laugh at others or even at herself, as she did so many times at the retelling of her trip to Frosty's on that fateful day when the ice cream machine broke down.
She thoroughly enjoyed Christmas and gift giving and insisted on giving a gift to each family member. She appreciated family gatherings, with good food — “just a little piece of each” kind of pie — and everyone playing music.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jake; son, Jerry; brothers, Jim and Don; sister, Phyllis; and infant sisters, Margaret and Marilyn.
She is survived by one sister, Marjorie Breitbach; seven children, Neil Jensen, Bob Jensen, Jack Jensen, Karen Wolff, Anne Rose, Lela Sigmundstad and Jim Jensen; 24 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 1, at First Lutheran Church in Circle. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery in Circle. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Circle is in charge of the arrangements.