Mrs. Myrna Louise Simmons Jensen, of Hamilton, passed away on Aug. 11, 2014, at Riverstone Hospice House in Billings.
Mrs. Jensen left behind her husband of 47 years, Theodore W. Jensen of Billings; a son, Blaine Squires Jensen and daughter-in-law, Sara Butts Jensen of Helena; daughter, Elizabeth Ann Jensen Gordon and grandson Eresten Lee Gordon of Billings; daughter, Brenda Irene Jensen Huck, son-in-law Jeremy John Huck and grandson James Theodore Huck of Glenrock, Wyoming; sisters, Mary Lee Simmons of Ecuador, Betty Lou Simmons of Vallejo, Calif., and sister Anna Lenora Simmons Frohlich and brother- in- law Stan Frohlich of Brackettville, Texas; four nephews and nieces and 11 great-nephews and nieces
Myrna married Theodore Jenson on May 20, 1967, in Hamilton. They met at the University of Montana in Missoula in 1965. After he became an Army officer in 1966, they lived in Salt Lake City, Utah and Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii until his infantry brigade shipped out to Vietnam in Dec. 1967. She lived in Hamilton and Missoula in 1968. After Ted returned in Oct. 68, they lived in Missoula, Buffalo, N.Y., Billings, (1974 to present) and Durham, N.C.
Myrna worked all her life, as babysitter, berry picker, waitress, bank teller, other bank positions, motel clerk, and finally 19 years at Deaconess Medical Center as a night clerk in the Emergency Room and clerk in Endoscopy. She loved swimming, and riding her bike for long distances. An avid reader, she especially loved her NOOK glow light in her later years. She liked pop music from the 50’s to the 90’s, when she began to like country and western music. She loved to be in the sun and work in her yard. She loved cats. She volunteered in Santa’s Workshop and Teddy Bear Picnic for the Festival of Trees, local fund-raiser for the Prevention of Child Abuse, KCTR Radio’s “Flakesgiving” distribution of Thanksgiving Food boxes to the needy, MSU-Billings Children’s Easter Egg Hunt, MSU-B section of Billings Christmas Parade, South Park Mexican Fiesta, Downtown Business Association’s Strawberry Festival, Relay for Life Against Cancer and once for the Big Sky State Games.
She had an incredible memory. As a child she would accompany her dad when he was building houses and churches. She totally surprised him later when he found out she had observed him and remembered everything she had seen. In effect she became a talented carpenter, plumber, electrician and builder herself.
She was an incredibly strong woman, which people didn’t realize. As an infant, she had polio; at age seven, she got shingles over her entire body; at age 16 her thyroid gland quit working and later she had arthritis and osteoporosis, so, she had constant chronic pain all her life, but hid it well. She went on to live a happy life, had three wonderful children, and died with a smile on her face. She was kind to everyone, had no prejudices and was a wonderful mother, wife and grandmother, and loved her friends.