Sally Jensen, at the age of 86, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Westminster Village North, Indianapolis, Ind., after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease and other complications.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, who passed away in February earlier this year.
She leaves behind her daughter and husband, Susan and Bob Payette; her son and wife, Eric and Mary Jensen; grandchildren, Peter and Annette Payette, Nichole Jasch and Jacqueline Jensen; sister-in-law, Martha King; nephew, James King; and nieces, Laurel King and Louise King.
Sally was born in Oregon City, Ore., and raised in Junction City, Ore., as the only child of Clarence and Sarah Carpenter.
Magically there were two other girls also only children who lived nearby. They became best friends known as the three “S”s — Sally, Suzanne and Sandra.
Sandra was Sally’s maid of honor and had a special talent for writing short stories about their younger years in Junction City. These stories have entertained our family over the past few years and portray a special view of life in a small Oregon town in the 1940s.
Sally was active in girls’ sports and Girl Scouts in Junction City.
The family moved to Eugene, Ore., right before her senior year of high school after her father accepted a promotion. A tough change for her but she kept a good attitude as always. After high school she attended Oregon State and joined the Pi Beta Phi Sorority.
She met Paul at a sorority and fraternity mixer, the perfect match. Sally decided to forgo her last year of college to work at a bank. They were married Jan. 10, 1954.
Sally became a homemaker, learned to play golf and sewed clothes for Sue and Eric like lots of moms did in those days.
Paul’s service in the Air Force and work opportunities kept them on the move. From 1954 to 1968 they lived in nine different locations ranging from Florida, to the California bay area, Eastern Oregon and Washington state.
In 1970 the family made one last move to International Falls, Minn. The goal was to not move again till the kids were out of high school. They accomplished this and stayed in the Falls and loved it.
The long cold winters got Sally hooked on quilting after the kids went off to college. Her photos and documentation revealed that she completed over 400 quilts, quite an accomplishment!
Having enjoyed camping and the outdoors over the years they took on the challenge of building a beautiful cabin on Jackfish Island, Rainy Lake. They could get to the cabin in about 30 minutes if the lake wasn’t too rough.
Winters in the Falls get tougher as you age and after visiting Helen and Dave Ramnes in Lake Placid, Fla., they decided that this little town would be an ideal snowbird destination. They made many friends and had over 20 years of fun in the Covered Bridge retirement community.
Fifteen years ago Sally was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. She never really talked about her challenges with this disease and preferred to live her life in the moment. Paul was her sole caregiver. Sally’s great attitude and disposition along with Paul’s hard work to keep her physically active gave them extra years together. They definitely taught us all a valuable life lesson.
Sally’s smile will be missed by all!