Amanda Margaret "Mandy" Jensen
1956 – 2009
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Amanda Margaret "Mandy" Jensen, 53, of Panama City Beach, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, in Panama City Beach, Fla.
She was born Dec. 22, 1956, in Andalusia, Ala.

Adventurous and free-spirited, Mandy had a passion for trying new things. Her artistry and creativity were revealed in her writing, music, her home decor, designing and making jewelry and clothes. She loved cooking, flower gardening and creating an atmosphere of comfort and welcome in her home.

Mandy had an overwhelming love for her family, friends and animals, and a compassionate and generous heart. Her compassion extended to family, friends and people who were in need. Mandy was especially known for her gift of "healing hands" therapy, which provided pain relief to so many. Her bright light will shine forever in our hearts.

Survivors include her husband, Derrick Jensen; son, Davis Jensen; mother, Margaret Shelley; father, Joe Breck Gantt and wife, Anne; sister, Gretchen Franco; niece, Alexis Franco; and many cousins and friends.

Visitation with the family will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, followed by a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Andalusia with the Rev. Tim Trent presiding.

The family gratefully requests no flowers. Any memorials may be made to the Panama City Rescue Mission, 609 Allen Ave., Panama City, FL 32402, or the charity of your choice.

Southerland Family
Funeral Homes
100 E. 19th St.
Panama City, Fla. 32405
850-785-8532

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Published in Panama City News Herald on Jan. 7, 2010.
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November 29, 2010
I never met Amanda and today her name just happened to cross my mind. I am only now finding out of her passing. I would like to offer my condolences to her family and friends.
Chad Forbes
November 14, 2010
This is such an unexpected and shocking loss. She was too young to be taken away under such tragic circumstances. Her passing saddens me to no ends. The fact that it was so soon after her birthday and just on New Year's Eve only hightlights the fact of how fragile and prescious life really is! I am soo sorry for her family's loss, my thoughts and prayers are with them.

I think she was beautiful both inside and out, a great soul that will be deeply missed! Rest In Peace for ever and ever! My condolences to her family and friends! Love always!
Pedro Ramirez
October 17, 2010
The loss of Mandy is a tragic one. She was someone whose work meant so much to so many people. I remember many moments in life when her work put a smile on my face. You will be missed.
September 7, 2010
Mandy is a tragic loss and we will miss you.
Nils Hansen
July 27, 2010
I had the distinct privilege of working with Mandy many years ago. A genuine sweetheart...I had lost track of her after she left L.A. What a tragedy.
Bob Jackson
May 2, 2010
what a beautiful person inside and out we all will miss you....R.I.P.
JEFF MCDERMITT
April 20, 2010
Such a tragic loss. She will be greatly missed. It is nice to know that she will live on. She will be greatly missed by though who spent time with her. The world is without someone who truly gave of themselves to others to make those around her happy. She will be remembered.
April 20, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. I like others were fans of her work through the 80's. It is so sad to lose such a talented person.
April 6, 2010
I only new her at a distance. She will be missed!
Peter Maerkel
April 3, 2010
I found out about Amanda's death online after a year
in treatment for an epileptic seizure. I met her on
numerous occasions, and was thrilled to discover that
she had spent the last 10 years taking care of her
family. She was one of the most special people I have
ever met in my life. God bless her and her family.
Jeffrey Cownover
March 25, 2010
I just found out of the death of a beatiful and nice women Amanda "Mandy Jensen. I am very sadden and my wishes and condolances go out to the family and friends. She is in a better place with bigger wings for a perfect angle. GOD BLESS.
John Wolfgang
March 22, 2010
KAREN CROW
March 16, 2010
I have nothing but the fondest memories of Amanda.

R.I.P.
Ron Jeremy
March 11, 2010
I am so devastated and saddened to hear about this tragic loss.Rest in peace Amanda,I will always remember you and am happy to have met you.My sincerest condolances go out to her family and friends.
Ian Zukswert
March 9, 2010
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
SCOTT CHAMBERLAND
February 28, 2010
We lost an angel. My heart goes out to her family and loved ones. I reside in Atlanta and I got to know her and we quickly became friends. She will always hold a place in my heart. I hope she knows how much she was loved. Shine a light from heaven, Mandy.

-M-
Mark Partlow
February 26, 2010
My friend Ira Ginniger of Aldine Books in los angeles was your biggest fan. He is heart broken. He would like to express his sincere condolences.
Ron Charest
February 24, 2010
Derrick - The Troy University Football Coaches and Staff sends our thoughts and prayers to you and Davis - Cherish the wonderful memories of Mandy - She was a special lady
Judy Morgan
February 23, 2010
Rest in peace, Mandy. I'll always love you.
Dana Rollins
January 27, 2010
Family and Friends of Mandy -

I am deeply saddened to learn of her passing; yet confident that she would be touched by the outpouring of love and condolences. I have one child, as she did. She is 18, her name is Mandy, an hommage to the kind-hearted, free-spirited person who too soon left us. Rest in peace.
Dale Forsen
January 25, 2010
Derrick and Family

We just learned of Amanda's passing. We want to let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this tragic time. May happy memories of your years together help you through the difficult days ahead. Rob Plummer, Cheyenne WY and Sandy Plummer Montgomery, Girard KS
Plummer Family
January 21, 2010
Derrick and Davis: We have just found out about Amanda and our heart is broken - I met Amanda a couple of times being at the beach and she was always very gracious - Derrick is a friend to the Troy Unviersity Coaching Staff and we are saddened by his loss - Our thoughts and prayers are with Derrick and Davis -
January 15, 2010
I wish to express my condolences to such a wonderful person. I met Amanda many year's ago when she worked in California. She always brought a smile to everyone in the room. And she always treated everyone as family or friend. And though I along with all her friends here in Southern California cry because of her loss, at the same time we all shed tears of pride knowing that we are the lucky ones who are blessed in having to know such a wonderful and amazing person. Her smile and her voice will forever live in our minds..... Chuck Hayashi ( Monterey Park, California )
Chuck Hayashi
January 14, 2010
Dear Mandy's Family,

Your wonderful daughter was a friend and constant inspiration to me in San Francisco in the 1980s. I am so very sorry to hear of her loss. We both had children since we saw each other last, and I bet she was so a devoted mom, just like she was such a great friend.

Susie
Susie Bright
January 13, 2010
Derrick & Davis, we never met, but I'm devasted by the loss of Amanda. I just spoke with her last month for the 1st time in a decade. Amanda was one of the kindest people I ever met and I just found out today (1/13) about her passing. I can't image what you both are going thru, I send my prayers and sympathies. I know God has a plan, but this one makes no sense. May you both find peace in knowing she's in a peacefull place, we all will miss her. Amanda was one amazing woman, she will be missed and always adored by all who knew her, all my families blessings to the entire Jensen family. please email me, I want to share thoughts/memories with you scott568@aol.com
Scotty Schwartz
January 13, 2010
Derrick & Davis, we never met, but I'm devasted by the loss of Amanda. I just spoke with her a month ago for the 1st time in a decade. Sending U a letter in the mail. Amanda was one of the kindest people I ever met and I just found out today (1/13 about her passing. I can't image what you both are going thru, I send my prayers and sympathies. I know God has a plan, but this one makes no sense. May you both find peace in knowing she's in a peacefull place, we all will miss her. Amanda was one amazing woman, she will be missed and always adored by all who knew her, blessings to the entire Jensen family. scott568@aol.com
Scott Schwartz
January 13, 2010
Derrick and Family - I am so sorry for your loss, but can only pray that God and your faith will guide you through this terrible time. I did not know Amanda, but from what I read, she was a wonderful and warm person. She has left you with many great things to carry you through life. -Class of 1974, Osawatomie, KS
Ruth (Reinecker) Elliott
January 8, 2010
Davis,Derrick, Gretchen, mom and dad: we feel lucky to have spent the wonderful years we had with ms. amanda. She was a tender hearted, careing,loving woman, and great mom! Our condsolences for you all. We cannot imagine your pain. We are here for you. -Donna, Deanna and Ted Hodges
donna hodges
January 8, 2010
My sincerest sympathy and warmest thoughts are with you now.
Maureen O'Connell
January 8, 2010
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal but love leaves a memory no one can steal. I pray for you and Davis during this time of grief and hope that you can derive comfort that Amanda lived a blessed life with you during her time here on earth and would want you both to remember the best of times and keep her spirit alive. Through our Lord Jesus Christ and his promise that our lives do not end and our spirit continues and we will all see her again. Dean in Texas
Joy Beckner
January 8, 2010
The price of love is grief, and many hearts are broken with the loss of Amanda. Her fire could light up any room and warm the hearts of those she loved. I know God holds her closely.
Fred Ahern
January 8, 2010
Davis and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you for strength and comfort during this time. Amanda left us with many wonderful memories. She will be dearly missed.
The Coupe Family
Denise~Darby~Drew
January 7, 2010
Derrick and Davis, I'm very deeply saddened by your loss of Amanda. Her spirit touched many of our lives. May God Bless . Jim Stucker(Panama City Beach)
January 7, 2010
Davis and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Amanda was truly a special lady and friend that will always be in our hearts. Our love and prayers to you all,
The Trapp Family
Evelyn Trapp
January 7, 2010
Davis and the rest of the Jensen Family,
I am so saddened to hear about you mom. I remember her so well from your Kindergarten year at West Bay. She loved you beyond anything and spent so much time up at the school helping your class. I pray that you feel God's presence in this time of sorrow and trust him to comfort you. I know your mom will always be with you....she was an amazing women and I know I will never forget how special she was.
Much love and prayers to you all,
Mrs. Kim Morris
Kim Morris
January 7, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. My strongest prayers for God to comfort you all.
Daena Haun
January 7, 2010
We are so sorry for your loss. I am sure you will find comfort in knowing how many lives she touched in so many wonderful ways.
Kelly Battistini
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