Leota Jensen, 75, Mandan, died January 10, 2012 at Medcenter One Hospital, Bismarck, with her loving family by her side.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Mandan United Methodist Church with Reverend Steve C. Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, January 13, 2012 at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan with a prayer service at 7:00 pm. No visitation will be held at the church on Saturday.
Leota was born February 27, 1936 in Central City, Iowa to Grant and Darlene (Peterson) Bremer. After her father died when she was very young, her family moved to Glendive, MT where she attended school and graduated from Dawson High School in Glendive. One fine day, Leota met a young soldier who’d returned from the service, she married Raymond Jensen on August 10, 1955 in Glendive. They made their home there for a short time, later moving to Mandan where Ray worked at the Heskett Plant, north of Mandan. Leota worked as a cashier at Taylor Drug in Mandan and as a sales clerk at Herberger’s Department Store. Very social with a gift for gab, Leota made many friends over the years. She and Ray enjoyed their travels with friends and her parents. They shared fond memories of trips to Mexico, Hawaii, and New York. Leota enjoyed knitting, home decorating, and working in her flower gardens. A collector of many things, she also liked antiques. Leota was especially proud of her grandchildren and their achievements and her grandson-in-law, Jed, who serves in the US Marine Corp. A feisty woman who was so loving and caring, Leota will forever be remembered.
Blessed to have shared her life is her husband of 56 years, Raymond Jensen, Mandan; one son, Michael (Cherie) Jensen, Mandan; two grandchildren, Richard Lee Jensen, Mandan and Nicole Marie (Charles “Jed”) Luther, Oceanside, CA; step-sister, Barbara (Robert) Eggebrecht, Glendive, MT; and countless friends.
Leota was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Norman Nelson; brother, Richard Lillie; in-laws, Kenneth and Ann Jensen; step-brother, Allan Nelson; and step-sister, Dee Nelson.
The family prefers memorials to Mandan United Methodist Church.