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Katherine (Kay) Jensen


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Katherine (Kay) Jensen

Silverdale, WA

March 4, 1929 to May 17, 2018

Kay Jensen, the daughter of James and Mary Lenihan, was born in Newport, Rhode Island on March 4, 1929. She passed way at home on May 17, 2018 after a mercifully short battle with colon cancer. A mass celebrating Kay's life was held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on May 25.

Kay grew up in the "Scandia" area of Poulsbo, Washington with her Irish Catholic family who moved to the Northwest in 1937. Following her graduation from North Kitsap High School in 1946, Kay attended Western Washington Teacher's College (n/k/a Western Washington University), where she obtained a degree in teaching and home economics. While at Western, Kay also met the love of her life, Jack Jensen.

Kay and Jack were married in 1950, after which Jack went to the United States Army Officer Candidate School. While Jack was away serving in the waning days of the Korean Conflict, Kay established their first home at Camp Pendleton in California. After returning from the Conflict, Kay and Jack began their teaching careers in Burien, Washington. Kay taught primary school as they began raising their family. From the beginning, Kay was a gifted and highly motivated primary school educator. After Jack and her children, teaching was one of the most important and defining parts of her life. Following the birth of their third child, Kay and Jack moved to Silverdale, where Jack began his career as a school administrator in the Central Kitsap School District.

Kay always put her family first. After moving to Silverdale, Kay enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother as her young children grew and her beloved husband Jack established himself as a school administrator. Kay enthusiastically returned to the classroom full-time in 1979. She became a first grade teacher at Jackson Park Elementary in Bremerton, where she worked until her retirement in 1991. In recognition of her excellence in teaching and commitment to her students, Kay was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

Kay cherished her life with Jack, spending time with their beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, gardening, traveling (especially to Maui and Quinault Beach), and loving each other, their family, and friends.

Kay is survived by her husband Jack; sister Anne Schneider; sons John (Vicki) and David; daughter Mary (Richard) George; grandchildren Jackie (Mark) Jensen-Erler, Jessica (Matt) Mincks, Andrew Jensen, and David Robert, Katie, and Adam (Dawn) McCalden; and great-grandchildren Elleni and Jacqueline Mincks. In addition, Kay is survived by many nieces, nephews, former students, friends and acquaintances, all of whom are eternally grateful for Kay's kindness, wisdom, humility, humor, and love. We are all lesser for losing her, but are greater for having known her.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice Care of Kitsap.
Published in Kitsap Sun on June 3, 2018
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