Shirley Jean (Van Camp) Jacobsen (1931 - 2014)

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  • "GOD BLESS !!!"
  • "Dear Dick and the family, we were so very sorry to hear..."
    - Larry Kay
  • "My friend Shirley, you will always live in my heart. Thank..."
    - Elizabeth
  • "There is no way to express what Shirley meant us us. There..."
    - Terry and Sharon Spahr
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    - Marcia Thompson
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Shirley Jean (Van Camp) Jacobsen from Scottsdale, Ariz. passed away peacefully in Vi at Grayhawk with the blessings of family and friends on April 8, 2014 after a brave and extensive journey with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Watertown, S.D. to Forrest and Rose Van Camp on Oct. 30, 1931. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson H.S. in Long Beach, Calif. Shirley met Richard 'Dick' Jacobsen, at Fort MacArthur, Calif. on April 4, 1954. They were married on Sept. 3, 1956 in Basel, Switzerland and thus began Shirley's life as a U.S. Army wife and mother. Her life took her to Germany, Oklahoma, Maryland, California (thrice), Arizona, Virginia (twice), Iran (twice), Kansas and Israel, finally returning to retire in Arizona in the mid-1980s. She worked in many diverse capacities as staff and manager in the public and private sectors and was a frequent community volunteer, most recently at the Hospice White Dove Thrift Store in Scottsdale. Shirley was affectionately known as "Squirrel."

She is survived by her husband (a native of Chinook, Mont.); son, Jeff Jacobsen of Lansing, Mich.; daughter, Jill Anderson (husband, Dale) of Bozeman; grandchildren, Katherine (CO) and Daniel (OH); her brother, Quentin (AZ) and other relatives. In addition, the friends from their life communities and her Jazzercise classes are part of the extended family. She was a caring and loving wife, mother and friend and intimately touched the lives of many across the globe. Shirley was an inspiration and our lives are eternally enriched at having shared a brief time on this earth together. No services will be held. Memorial contributions are welcome to , 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014 ( or to Face in the Mirror: Smiling Back at Cancer (
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 13, 2014
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