Mom's Edited Obituary: Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, niece and friend, "Jempy," joined the Creator Friday morning after sharing with each of us a lifetime of love, laughter and happiness. This brave and noble woman is now free of cancer and her spirit lives on in beauty. Although too many to enumerate here, some of the most heartfelt gifts she gave us were her strength of character, her reverence for all God's creations and her unfettered openness. We will miss her so.
Jen was born in Des Moines, Iowa to her parents Clifford H. Agan and Grace E. Robinson Agan Starr. As a girl she did much traveling, but her roots were always as an Iowa girl. In 1955 Jen met William A. Larrison. They were married in 1956 and she bore him three daughters. They divorced in 1977. Jen was married a second time to Steve Klein and after eleven years of marriage they divorced. Jen's final marriage was to C. Ben Johnson.
Jen loved to nurture all living creatures. She lived with cats most of her life, leaving five to the care of her surviving husband. She fed the wild creatures as well. Her home is visited regularly by feral cats, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, skunks and a riot of bird life. All can stop for a bite year round. Spiders live without fear in her home. All creatures were safe when Jen was there. She also nurtured plants and was an avid gardener. She was an excellent cook, whiled away many hours doing cross-stitch and was an accomplished genealogist. She is known perhaps best for her capacity to love non-judgmentally and unconditionally. Most who met her, even once, remembered this warm, unassuming, open person as a friend.
In addition to her excellent accounting skills with which she often earned her living over the years, Jen believed in volunteer work and spent many hours over her lifetime giving unstintingly of her time. She was a member of the Red Cross for a number of years and while living in Alaska was a member of the Medevac team which helped care for the wounded veterans returning from Vietnam. When, a few years later the Vietnamese orphans were airlifted out of falling Saigon, Jen worked tirelessly to help these weary, sick and scared babies and children. While living in Oklahoma, she volunteered at the Fort Sill Museum. Here in Lebanon, where she and Ben made their home the past nine years, Jen volunteered at the Lebanon Library and she was a graduate of the Linn County Sheriff's Department citizens' academy.
She is survived by her husband Ben of Lebanon, Oregon; by her daughter Lynn Smith and son-in-law Leo of Lapwai, Idaho; by her daughter Laura Rutledge and son-in-law Tom as well as by her daughter Leah Larrison all of Lakewood, Washington. She is also survived by her grandson Chris and his wife, Dawn and by her granddaughter, Chelsea as well as by her two great grand daughters, Makenzie and Arianna all of Lakewood, Washington. Jen is also survived by her sisters and brothers, all living in the Midwest.
She is preceded in death by her grandchild, Jordan Quinn, her mother, her father and her sister, Terry. Jen will be interred in Idaho, high on a sun drenched, windswept knoll, in the company of the ancestors by family and close friends.