Jensine (Cena) Marsh passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013, at her home in Preston, Idaho, following a brief but valiant battle with cancer.
Jensine was born April 23, 1925, in Tomah, Wis., the sixth of eight daughters of Henry and Edith Johannessen. The family returned to Idaho Falls in 1929, where she was raised and educated, graduating with the class of 1943 and earning a letter in basketball.
After graduating, she moved to Salt Lake City to work at one of the many military contractors supporting the war effort. During a night on the town with an older sister, she met a "handsome lieutenant" at a dance club in downtown Salt Lake City. As the story goes, he came to her rescue that night, and 12 months later they were married on Oct. 30, 1945. That marriage to Walter E. Marsh lasted 56 years, ending at his death March 12, 2001.
She retired from Sperry Univac as a senior buyer in the purchasing department after 34 years. She and Walter worked diligently with the members of the 307th Bomb Group Memorial Association, compiling newsletters and rosters, and serving as secretary for many years. They were involved with the 398th Bomb Group and traveled the world attending their many reunions.
Jensine was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints, serving in many capacities in the Relief Society. Her love of quilting brought many women of the Relief Society together, hand-stitching quilts and blankets to be donated to needy children at Primary Children's Hospital.
Her love of dolls as a child continued throughout her life, and with her sisters she crafted, dressed and pampered hundreds of handmade porcelain dolls.
She had an amazing ability to make and keep friends. From her earliest days as a child and wherever she traveled throughout the world, she added to that long list of friends. She was the driving force in organizing her 50th class reunion in 1993 and only missed the 70th reunion this year because of her failing health.
Her keen mind and memory for facts and details provided hours of wonderful stories for her children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her three children, Kristine (Alan) Jones of Sandy, Utah, Susan McQueen of Preston, Idaho, and Kevin (Leslie) Marsh of Riverton, Utah; two sisters, Joanna (Dale) Koester of Downey Idaho, and Jalna Searle of Shelley; 11 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Walter, and five sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Whitney 2nd Ward, 1444 S. 1600 East in Preston. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to services at the Whitney 2nd Ward. Interment will follow a second service for friends and family in the Salt Lake City area, at 3:30 p.m. at Mountain View Memorial Estates, 3115 E. 7800 South in Salt Lake City.