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Elsie Mary Neilson Jensen
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Birth: Nov. 20, 1847, Denmark
Death: Oct. 9, 1934

Wife of Niels Jensen

Parowan Times


Death came on Tuesday to Mary Neilson Jensen, 80, esteemed woman of this community whose feebleness and poor health has made her practically an invalid for a number of years. General debility incident to age is given as the cause of her passing.

Impressive funeral services were held for her on Thursday afternoon from the East ward chapel.

Speakers were Mary M. Marsden, Walter C. Mitchell, Frank Ogden and John W. Bentley. Musical numbers were a solo by Wm. M. Dalton, violin selection by Silas Topham and three quartet numbers by Rex C. Ward, Berta Burton, Lola Dalton and Ray D. Garner.

Mrs. Jensen was born on November 2, 1847, near Tollestrup, Denmark. As a child she worked in a factory in that city, and there she heard the message of Mormon elders. Embracing their faith she was renounced by her family and turned away from her home. She married Neils Jensen and together they came to America, arriving in Parowan in 1868.

They became the parents of ten children, eight of whom survive her. There have also been 40 grand children and 53 great grand children. The surviving children are Mrs. Annie Decker, Mrs. Pearl MacFarlane, John, Joseph and Parley Jensen of Parowan, N.E. Jensen of Cedar City, Mrs. Millie Ogden of Delta and Mrs. Lillie Ence of Baggs, Wyoming. All of them were here for the funeral, together with many of the grand and great grandchildren.

Mrs. Jensen was a thrifty, industrious woman and a staunch member of the faith she embraced as a girl. It is recounted by her family that she gleaned grain in the fields the summer before her first child was born to pay for the first cow they had, and that she learned to read the English language in later life along with her grandson --unreadable-- Jensen when he started to school.

In her passing the community parts with another of its sturdy citizens of pioneer qualities. Sympathy and condolence is extended to her fine family which is bereft of a devoted mother.  
Family links: 
  Neils Jensen (1846 - 1900)
  Niels Eppa Jensen (1870 - 1951)*
  Annie Christina Marie Jensen Decker (1872 - 1952)*
  Mary Alilia Jensen Lowe (1878 - 1952)*
  Amelia Jensen Ogden (1880 - 1946)*
  John Henry Jensen (1883 - 1949)*
*Calculated relationship
Parowan City Cemetery
Iron County
Utah, USA
Plot: 05-20-03
Created by: Cracraft Proud
Record added: Aug 25, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11610182
Elsie Mary <i>Neilson</i> Jensen
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Elsie Mary <i>Neilson</i> Jensen
Added by: Cracraft Proud
Elsie Mary <i>Neilson</i> Jensen
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