Elaine Brower Jensen
Mary Elaine Brower Jensen was born on August 21, 1916, in Parker, Idaho. She was the 8th of nine children born to George Harvey Brower and Mary Ellen Crapo Brower. Elaine's father was a carpenter by trade and her mother was a school teacher. Elaine spent her early years in Parker and Rexburg. She eventually moved to Pocatello with her family where she spent the remainder of her childhood, later graduating from Pocatello High School. Times were hard in those days with the depression, but Elaine and her five sisters were avid seamstresses and created and sewed their own fashionable clothing. Elaine often said the first sister to the closet was the best dressed.
After high school graduation Elaine attended and graduated from Idaho Southern University. Then she attended LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, living at the Beehive house. While in Salt Lake she worked at Union Pacific Railroad Company. Elaine returned to Pocatello and married her flight instructor, George Lundlie Jensen, on February 11, 1939. Elaine was the first female pilot to solo in the state of Idaho.
During World War II George and Elaine were stationed in Sacramento, CA and Houston, TX. When George was sent overseas Elaine again worked at Union Pacific Railroad in Pocatello as a Comptometer Operator. Elaine eventually left Union Pacific Railroad and opened a drapery business in Pocatello.
By this time George and Elaine were blessed with two children. When George left the service they moved to Nampa, Idaho, where George worked for Union Pacific Railroad and Elaine focused on motherhood. Two more children joined the family.
When the family moved to Spokane, Washington in 1954 Elaine began working in the real estate field. She got her real estate license and thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of that business. At the same time she was a busy mother to four children. She enjoyed sewing for her daughters, knitting for her sons, and decorating and renovating her beautiful home. Elaine was truly a talented multi-tasker.
Evenutally Elaine and family moved to Pocatello and then on to Omaha, Nebraska where George continued to work for the Railroad. While in Omaha, Elaine continued to work in the real estate field. She also enjoyed renovating houses, sewing, traveling, and enjoying her children and grandchildren. After George's retirement they moved to Boise in 1978 where she again sold real estate and enjoyed renovating more properties.
Elaine died peacefully at home in Boise on April 4, 2014 at the age of 97, surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her children, Linda Jensen Gregson (Hugh) of Boise, David Lundlie Jensen of Boise, George Richard Jensen (Setara) of Richmond, Texas, and Mary Ellen Jensen Sommer of Boise; 16 grandchildren; and 42 great grandchildren.
Elaine was preceeded in death by her husband, George Lundlie Jensen; parents, George Harvey Brower and Mary Ellen Crapo Brower; siblings, Mildred Brower Isham (Ernest), Mable Brower Perkins (Wallace), Edla Brower Tuttle (Jesse "Bud"), George Brower (Ruth), Margaret Brower Hinson (Bill), Olive Brower Bybee (Max), Victor Brower (Beulah), and Grant Brower (Doris).
The family would like to thank Align Hospice for their wonderful care and kindness.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the LDS Chapel located at 2290 Warm Springs Blvd., Boise. The viewing will be held from 10:00-10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will immediately follow at Pioneer Cemetery, 400 Warm Springs Blvd., Boise. Any condolences, tributes, and flower orders can be left at www.relyeafuneralchapel.com.
Relyea Funeral Chapel
318 North Latah Street Boise, ID 83706
Published in Idaho Statesman on Apr. 10, 2014