1936 ~ 2013
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Salt Lake City, UT-With her cat sleeping at her side, Faye peacefully surrendered this life on August 1, 2013, after a determined two-and-a-half-year battle with brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme). Due to her physical strength and amazing optimism, she extended the inevitable much longer than anyone thought possible. She showed those close to her what strength, determination and love of life can do. During the months of Faye's treatments and rehabilitation, her sense of humor and "kick-butt" attitude delighted doctors, nurses and therapists- everyone who worked with her. Typical of Faye, she connected with each member of her medical team in a special and memorable way. They called her their "poster child."
Faye was born October 7, 1936 in Salt Lake City to George K. and Leone Hazen Jensen. She graduated from West High School and the University of Utah and completed an LDS Southern States Mission. During her childhood, on the farm, Faye developed an unwavering guardianship to all animals that lasted her entire life. Faye fostered, rescued and financed veterinary care for hundreds of animals over her lifetime. As a young adult, she owned her own hay-hauling business, always able to work circles around anyone helping her, male or female. Faye and her sister Judy leased the 2,200-acre Hi Ute Ranch near Kimball Junction where they raised livestock and harvested 150 acres of hay.
Utilizing an academic background in sociology and social work, Faye was a life altering influence on many young women who were struggling with single parenthood, discrimination and lack of resources for women to survive without much needed skills. Faye taught adult education courses, in many disciplines, to provide hope for a future to many women. As a career guidance counselor at Utah Technical College, she created training programs to empower underrepresented clients.
Faye shared her larger-than-life spirit with all those she met, generously opening her arms and heart to everyone, no matter who they were. She was an inspiring teacher by words and example. Her smile and the twinkle in her eye were powerful and contagious. Anyone who met Faye, even at their first encounter, felt they had known her all their life.
Faye's lifetime of support and generosity toward others was returned to her ten-fold during her illness by a large and dedicated support system. Special acknowledgment and deepest gratitude to Rickie McCandless, Claudia Seeley, and Susan Christensen who each lovingly gave their undivided time and attention to Faye one day a week for 120 weeks and to Shan Larsen, who drove from Springdale, UT to Salt Lake every other weekend to help and be with Faye. Also, special thanks to the staffs at IMC Rehab Center, TOSH therapists, the Huntsman Wellness Center and CNA Hospice.
Faye is survived by her partner, Sylvia Lesser; sister-in-law, Carol; nephew, Lane (Gayle); niece, Patti and great-nephew Luke. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Judy Jensen and brothers Lynn, Keith and Don.
A Celebration of Life will be held at The Gathering Place in Gardner Village (1100 W 7800 S #23 on Friday, August 9 from 1-3 p.m.) tribute at 1 p.m., social hour at 2 p.m. for friends and family to reminisce and share their favorite Faye stories.
In lieu of flowers, you may donate in Faye's name to Best Friends Animal Society the Huntsman Cancer Institute,
, or simply show love in a special way to the dear ones in your life.
Faye is on a new journey now. Those who knew her well, have no doubt she is reconnecting with those who had gone before her and that she's already made hundreds of new friends. There's a party going on in Faye's new world and she's having a ball.
Condolences may be sent at www.garnerfuneral.com
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Aug. 4 to Aug. 7, 2013