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.