Gwyn Jensen

Gwyn JensenAs in life, Gwyn Jensen was ready for her next adventure with the Lord when He called her to come home on Valentine’s Day. She died peacefully at home, as she had always wished. Her daughter, Beverly, made this wish possible and remained faithfully by her side to the very end of this hard journey. Gwyn was 96 years, eight months and one day old.

Gwyn was born June 13, 1920, in Valentine, Neb. Gwyn married the love of her life, Julius “Dude” Jensen on Oct. 18, 1941. On July 1, 1945, she moved to Ridgecrest to be with Dude while he was stationed at the Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake. He convinced her they should stay after his hitch was up. She was proud to claim being a resident of Ridgecrest for 72 years.

When her husband became ill, Gwyn went to work in the school cafeteria, so that she could be home when the girls got out of school daily and have all summer and school holidays off with them.

Gwyn was joyfully involved with the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies and Girl Scouts for more than 25 years. She also enjoyed teaching Sunday School and was always lovingly involved in her church. Gwyn enjoyed learning and mastering new skills, such as vegetable carving and the art of drying her homegrown grapes into raisins. She especially liked learning historical facts and relished time spent with the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert and participating in their many activities.

After 23 years in the cafeteria, she retired and became a “full time volunteer,” a job she really loved for the next 25 years. Gwyn was passionate about helping others, and making Ridgecrest a better place to live for everyone. For many years she thought she knew just about everyone who lived in Ridgecrest, and she loved meeting and greeting everyone when she was out and about. Gwyn loved serving on the board of the Historical Society, and passing on her wealth of knowledge of the early days in the Indian Wells Valley. She loved working on the ad-hoc committee, and being involved with the “goings-on” at city council meetings.

Gwyn inspired her children and grandchildren to seek adventure and to never say “No” to an opportunity to see a landmark, visit a museum or learn something new.

Gwyn had three children, sevem grandkids, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is survived by two sisters, Elizabeth ‘Johnnie’ Krecik of Alberta, Canada, and Ruthie Harms of Valentine, Neb.; children Colin and Theresa Jensen of Lompoc, Calif., Beverly and H.O. Atkinson of Templeton and Ava and Jim Montgomery of Amarillo, Texas; grandchildren Jeff and Yvonne Timberlake, Cindy Payne, Jolyn and Chris Konnecke, Dustin and Gina Montgomery and April Montgomery; great-grandchildren Rebecca Soto, Arthur Patterson, Haley Norton, Jessica Bailey, James Ihle, Chase, Baylee, Cody and Austin Konnecke and Noah and Logan Johnson; and great-great-granddaughter Ashlyn Bailey. She is preceded in death by her husband Julius “Dude” Jensen, her brothers Bob and Keith Johnson, sister Gail Hanna, step-granddaughter Erin Norton and granddaughter Lori Soto.

Gwyn’s ashes will be buried with Dude in Lancaster, and her Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, March 12, at the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. Gwyn loved flowers, but would have been thrilled by a random act of kindness done in her memory.

— Submitted by the family of Gwyn Jensen

Story First Published: 2017-02-24