Betty Jensen

Former Anchorage Resident Betty Carrol Jensen, 85, passed away September 14, 2013 from complications of a stroke, in Seattle, Washington. Born in Modesto, California to Wavia and Clarence Rogers, she met her soulmate/husband Arthur Jensen at a dance in San Francisco, engaged after 12 hours and married 2 weeks later on her 18th birthday.

In 1968 the family moved from California to Anchorage where they lived for 15 years before moving to Sitka. Betty became a true Alaskan woman enjoying hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. She was an avid bowler and served on both the local and state WIBC and YABA boards. Her favorite activities were spending time, and cooking for, family and friends.

In 1983 Art and Betty moved to Sitka and opened Sitka Bowling Center, a six lane bowling alley and snack bar. She loved teaching junior bowlers and chaperoning them at tournaments around Alaska.

In 1995 Betty suffered a major stroke which made her wheelchair bound but that never stopped her. Betty had a spirit, determination and a will for life that was amazing.

In March 2011 Betty and Art moved with their daughter Donna, to Kent, Washington but she left her heart in Sitka.

Betty is survived by her husband, Art Jensen; daughters, Nancy (Ed) Yarmak, Anchorage, Alaska , Lynette (John) Grenberg, Sumner, Washington, Donna (Steve) Bezezekoff, Kent, Washington and son-in-law Bob Guest, Mayfield, Nebraska.

Grandchildren: Robby (Lois) Guest, Denette Guest, Brian Yarmak, Craig (Meghan) Yarmak, Eric (Stephanie) Fairbanks, Derek (Marissa) Fairbanks, Blake Fairbanks, Colton Fairbanks, RJ Grenberg, Anna (Josh) Massengill, William (Dee) LaMar, Damien LaMar, Fairicy (Fernando) del Cid.

Great Grandchildren: Adora and Kiyah Guest, AmberLee and BayLee Dunham, Kristy Guest, Tillie Yarmak, Kale and Kai Fairbanks, Logan, Ashley and Austin Massengill, Carmen Fairbanks, Ryan Gamberg, Robby (Mary) Gamberg, Lane and Leigh LaMar, Harvey, Cheyenne and Sierra Jackson, Cody and Preston Wilson, Lena, Kylie and Corbin del Cid.

Great-great grandchild, Addisen Guest.

Betty requested no services. If you would like to contribute a story or picture to a Memory Book please send to: Donna Bezezekoff 4318 S 263rd Street, Kent, WA 98032 or email BettyJensenMemories@hotmail.com.

Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Oct. 4 to Oct. 5, 2013