Kathleen Eleanor Jensen was born to Howard Jensen and Opal (Spencer) Jensen on June 21, 1950, and died on Nov. 20, 2020 with her brother Keith and niece Melissa at her bedside. She perished after a valiant battle with the COVID-19 Virus.
A memorial service is planned for a later date in Cut Bank with a final graveside service and internment at Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point.
Kathy grew up on the family farm 20 miles north of Wolf Point. She attended Wood School, a one-room schoolhouse, for two years before continuing school at Wolf Point Southside Elementary (grades 3-7) and at Frontier School for eighth grade. She graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1968 and from Eastern Montana College with a degree in Elementary Education in 1972.
Her first teaching job was in Browning, Mont. After two years in Browning, she obtained a position teaching in Cut Bank and stayed there until she retired in 2011. All these years were spent teaching second grade! Little wonder that she considered herself an expert on second grade education.
Kathy was a person who loved her family and we would always get together for the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.
She did so much for her three nieces when they were young, summers of swimming and water slides, picnics, amusement parks, and back-to-school shopping sprees so they would have “cool” clothes, not just the basics.
Kathy invested in a timeshare at Disney World and the entire family spent several very enjoyable vacations there. The next trip was scheduled for October of 2021. She loved “The Mouse”!
She was a lifelong Lutheran and a founding member of Prairie Peace Lutheran Church in Cut Bank. When it came to politics she leaned decidedly toward the Republican side, and she wasn’t afraid to tell you so.
Retirement kept her busy. She traveled to such places as Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Florida. Kathy also kept active in her beloved Cut Bank community. She loved attending Bible Study at her church and going on walks with her friends. She volunteered with the Glaciereens, helping with their Christmas Children’s Store for kids each year, setting up the store, pricing items, and wrapping gifts. She enjoyed her time with the Wednesday Night Ladies, eating and visiting together.
She loved to shop, and she loved going to movies when the movie was “Miss Jensen approved.” During retirement, Kathy became “mother” to several of the elderly, taking them to doctor appointments, etc.
Kathy is survived by her brother Keith (Lois) Jensen of Missoula and by her sister Enid Jensen of Missoula. Also surviving are her nieces Melissa (Steven) Klimkiewicz and Colleen (Douglas) Geisler of Missoula, and Melanie Jensen of Great Falls. In addition, surviving her are her great nephews, Jensen Klimkiewicz, Steven Klimkiewicz, and Benjamin Klimkiewicz as well as great niece Margaret Klimkiewicz. She is also survived by extended relatives and many friends, whom she loved with all her heart.
She was preceded in death by her father (Howard) in 1996 and by her mother (Opal) in 2011.
Memorials should be directed to Prairie Peace Lutheran Church, 1 Alpine Avenue, Cut Bank, MT 59427, or to Give Kids the World Village, www.gktw.org, or to a charity of your choice.
Rest in peace, Kathy. We will miss you.