Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Joanne Best Jensen, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on May 19, 2015. Born Feb. 17, 1941, in Woodville, Texas, she was the youngest of seven children born to Arvy Haskell and Mary Irene Odom Best. Joanne received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Brigham Young University in Early Childhood Education. She married her sweetheart of 54 years, Gary Lorenzo Jensen, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on Sept. 16, 1960.
Joanne was the respected owner and director of two licensed preschools: The Children's Development Center; first located in Amherst, Massachusetts, and then in Bozeman, Montana. For over 50 years, Joanne dedicated her life to loving and teaching her own children and the children of the communities in which she lived. The impact which this amazing woman had in the lives of these children is truly immeasurable.
Joanne was a faithful, active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She served others every day and most recently was a missionary serving weekly in the "Community Café." She had a deep love for family history and spent innumerable hours researching her ancestry.
She is survived by her husband, Gary, and five children, Jill Oldroyd (Dee), John Kirk Jensen, Juli Adams (Sam), Joi Carpenter (Matt), and Jodi Milligan (Dan). She has 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild who will miss her dearly. Joanne leaves behind a powerful legacy of hard work, sacrifice, and enduring selflessness. Thanks, Mom, for always helping us to "remember who we are."
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 23 at 11:00 A.M. at the LDS Stake Center located at 2915 Colter Ave. in Bozeman. Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing beginning at 10:00 A.M., prior to the service. Interment will follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from May 21 to May 22, 2015