Dana Lou Whitworth Jensen
September 9, 1934 ~ January 1, 2013
Viewing: Saturday 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. at Brigham City LDS 8th and 17th Ward Chapel, 139 East 300 North
Funeral services: Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Brigham City LDS 8th and 17th Ward Chapel, 139 East 300 North
Interment: Hyrum City Cemetery
BRIGHAM CITY - Our loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend, Dana Lou Whitworth Jensen, 78, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 in Brigham City, Utah.
She was born on September 9, 1934 in Basalt, Idaho, a daughter of John Glenn and Irene Porter Whitworth.
Dana Lou married Gary Lee Jensen on June 10, 1958 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. He preceded her in death on August 21, 1994.
She was a faithful member of the LDS Church. After the death of her husband, Gary, she served an LDS mission in San Antonio, Texas.
Dana Lou had several careers, first as a mother to her children. Later, she was a teacher at Westmore Elementary School in Orem, Utah for many years and English as a second language in her community. She was a beloved grandmother.
Dana Lou loved family history, temple work, gardening, sewing, fishing if she had a book, traveling with her husband, and being with her family. She lived in Orem, Utah, for many years where she developed dear friendships. Her later years were spent in Brigham City near her family.
The family would like to thank Maple Springs and Integrity Hospice for their loving kindness.
Surviving are her five children, Randy Lee (Karen) Jensen, Manassas,VA; Kevin Ray (Laura) Jensen, Brigham City; Sherrie Ann (Michael) Webb, Brigham City; Pamela Kay (Mark) Watkins, Rexburg, ID; Catherine Sue (Brett) Richins, Wallsburg, UT; 25 grandchildren, 2.6 great grandchildren, and two brothers, Sherman (Dee) Whitworth, Edgewood, WA; and George (Merleene) Whitworth, Idaho Falls, ID.
Dana Lou was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Gary.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Brigham City LDS 8th and 17th Ward Chapel, 139 East 300 North.
A viewing will be held Saturday at the church from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m.
Interment will be in the Hyrum City Cemetery.
Dear Jensen Cousins,
My family and I express our deep sympathy and condolences to you as we learned of the passing of Aunt Dana. Unfortunately I will be traveling in Asia on business at the time of the funeral and so we won't be able to extend my sympathy personally at the viewing or the funeral. However, Janis and I want you to know how much we love your family and how much we loved Uncle Gary and Aunt Dana. While we will all certainly miss Aunt Dana how happy we are to know that she has returned to the Savior and will be with Uncle Gary as they were sealed into an eternal union. I know that Dana is so very happy to be reunited with Gary. It is such a blessing to have a knowledge of the Plan of Salvation which speaks peace to our hearts turning trying times like this into tender mercies from the Lord. For the few weeks that my father was very ill there were so many tender mercies of the Lord that gave me strength and increased my testimony of the love of the Lord.
Janis and I pray that you will feel an increased measure of the Lord's love for each member of your eternal family during the coming days, weeks and months.
Corey & Janis Lindley
Our family is saddened by the loss of Dana. Our thoughts are with you. Elsa Hansen Halling was her cousin. I knew her at Pioneer Care and used to stay at her house in Firth, ID.
So sorry to hear about Dana. I just heard from her at Christmas and was truly surprised. I'm her cousin and for several years I would spend a week in the summer at the Whitworth home. We send our love to all the family. I would love to be there but my husband just had heart surgery -
Jeanette & Ralph Buckley
Sherri and family,
I was so sorry to hear of Dana's passing. She was an amazing woman with a sweet spirit, a beautiful smile and a truly gentle woman. It was a pleasure and an honor to serve her while I was employed at Maple Springs. Thank you for the opportunity to get to know your sweet mother. I hope you find peace in her passing.
I grew up in Firth, Idaho, and my favorite teacher was Irene Whitworth. Can you imagine how excited I was when our youngest son went to school at Westmore Elementary in Orem, Utah, and I discovered that his teacher was the 2nd Mrs. Whitworth/Jensen! She was a wonderful teacher....just like her mother!!
I'm sorry to read about Dana's passing. She is such a wonderful neighbor, friend, and example to me and all who knew her. I'm sorry that she had so many hard struggles because she truly was a great worker and friend! I loved to visit with her all the time. She e-mailed me while I was on my mission then I got sick and I missed those times. We were in the singles program together too so we went to a lot of meetings and tried different things to get the singles out in our ward and stake. She did so many creative things for all of us too. I'm sorry I didn't get up to see her while she was in Brigham City. That is my loss. She had a wonderful family too. I'll miss her. Thank you for putting the information in the Daily Herald so I'd know about it.