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Gail Elaine Jensen


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Gail Elaine Jensen Obituary
Gail Elaine Hurricane Gail' Jensen July 14, 1938 - November 17, 2017 La Jolla, CA Gail Elaine Jensen passed away on November 17, 2017 in La Jolla, California. She was 79. Gail was born on July 14, 1938, at Mercy Hospital in San Diego to Archibald and Cleo LeBeau. She graduated from high school in Tacoma, Washington.Gail was the office manager for Dr. Phil Franklin, a San Diego Ophthalmologist. She later held position in the Radiology Departments of Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital. Gail met Chris Jensen at a TGIF party in South Mission Beach in 1970. They became a devoted couple who married in March of 1987 After a lengthy courtship. Gail and Chris enjoyed traveling together. Maui was a wonderful vacation choice and they traveled to the island 24 times. Other favorite destinations included Torremolinos, Spain, where they rented at the Apartmentos Bajondillo; Baja, California with the San Felipe Beach and Tennis Club, and the Caribbean with friends who chartered the trimaran Lammer Law. The beautiful island of Bali in Indonesia was another favorite. In the mid-1970s Gail and Chris both worked in Jakarta: Gail as the personal secretary to the Ambassador from Iran and Chris as a flight instructor for Pertamina. One year Gail enjoyed both the Christmas holidays and her July Birthday on Bali. In addition, she spent many happy summers at the family cabin in Estes Park, Colorado, where she loved observing the mountain wildlife. Depending on the month, the area around the cabin could be occupied by mule deer, elk, bobcat, bear, raccoon, or badger and many species of birds.Gail was a strong, spirited, and classy woman who sincerely loved her family and was devoted to her cats. She was avid about dancing, water skiing and bowling and also shopping. Friends gave Gail the nickname, "Hurricane Gail," which described her vitality and that she often proceeded on her projects at speeds in excess of 74 mph.Her survivors included husband, Chris of La Jolla; sister, Nancy Mahoney of Seattle, WA; daughter, Lori Schrader of Santee and daughter Jill Abernathy (John) of El Cajon; grandson, Stephen Schrader (Michelle) of Lakeside; granddaughter Sara Hood of Santee, and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Bradley Pastman of San Diego.Gail's ashes were interred at Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego, on December 15, 2017. She rests in the columbarium and is adjacent to her son, Bradley, who served in the Air Force. Donations in Gail's memory can be made to Friends of Cats, Olde Highway 80, El Cajon, CA. 92021 (friendsofcats.org) or to Wreaths Across America (wreathesacrossamerica.org).
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune from July 14 to July 15, 2018
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