Dorothy Jensen

Jensen1Dorothy Jensen 85, of Ely peacefully passed away at her home on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

She was born in Ely, Nevada on February 2, 1929 to the late Wanda and Gregory Echegaray.  Dottie graduated from, White Pine High School in 1947. She visited Europe and the Basque Homeland before returning home to Ely and married Hal R. Jensen on April 25, 1948.

Dorothy was a beloved member of the community, she was active in Beta Sigma Phi for many years, earning the Order of the Rose signification. She was also a charter member and past President of the Ely Basque Club. She was employed at Junction Motors for several years, and served on the local election board. “Dot” was also actively engaged in scouting activities along with PTA activities.

“Nana” was a loving and dedicated mother and grandmother. She was a gifted cook and homemaker, raising her children along with many of her grandchildren, as well as taking others into the warmth and comfort of her home.

She is survived by her husband, Hal of 66 years, along with four children; Hal, Jr., (Donna Jean), Joy, Jan (David Grubic) and David (Donna Sue), nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one great great-grandchild, her sister, Hazel Novich along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wanda and Greg Echegaray, brother, Gregory (Buddy) Echegaray, son Gary Lee Jensen, grandson David Linn Jensen, Jr., and granddaughter, Francis Elizabeth Jensen.

Dorothy was a rock for her family, her love, caring and kindness impacted everyone who was blessed to know her. She inspired everyone to smile and enjoy life.

Dorothy provided an example of enduring love, showing compassion and living with integrity.


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  1. Debbie Reck says:

    Dear Jan and family…sorry for your loss. Debbie and Gary Reck

  2. Thyra Broyles Wilson says:

    Dear Jensen Family, I was so sorry to hear about Dorothy. I don’t know if you remember but I used to baby sit when your mom & dad had date night. She was a sweet sweet lady. May the Lord bless you during this difficult time.

  3. Chuck & Nancy Overfelt says:

    Alas…… another of my classmates. I have too many X’s in my yearbook, but enjoyed the last 22 years we were in Ely to re-connect with such wonderful folks as Dorothy

  4. Jeff Polish says:

    Yes, this elect lady was one of the most Christ like people I have ever known. I met this awesome family back in the late 60’s and was introduced to the Basque-American culture that these Elyites had grown up with. Yes, here I was 20 + years old and I didn’t know what a chorizo was..let alone Rocky Mountains oysters. I have many wonderful memories of this family and their beautiful children. I was quite fond of the youngest daughter Jan and I will never forget the Chicago concert that we went to at the old Salt Palace. To David the youngest child, I owe my very first place trophy in motocross. Dorothy and Hal raised these four children with wisdom and wit, firmness yet softness, lots of love and compassion. Each one of them have an abundance of these traits. Though Dorothy is gone from us physically, her special spirit will always fill our hearts and minds with that precious gift of humbleness and charity that she gave to each of us liberally. And let us not forget patience. You know, God could not be everywhere so he created Mothers and I testify that someday we will return to our Heavenly Parents and we will get that warm tender hug from Dot. Because you see, families can be together forever and I leave you these things in the name of our Savior, Jesus the Christ….Amen

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