Anne Marie (Elkins) JENSEN

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Memorial Gathering
Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar
North Division
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JENSEN, Anne Marie (Elkins)
(Age 80)

Passed away December 13, 2017 at Rockwood at Hawthorne in Spokane, WA.
Born in Moravia, NY to Richard and Myra Jensen, a School Superintendent and an Elementary Teacher. Anne earned her BS degree as an RN at Keuka College in Keuka Park, NY. She married college sweetheart Glenn Elkins in 1959, and the two of them moved to Boulder, CO, where he taught high school and she served as a nurse.
In 1961, they heeded JFK's call and joined the first wave of Peace Corps volunteers with a posting to Bisauli, India. There, they lead the local villagers in creating a successful tool-making shop - the largest industrial shop in the area - making farm implements and hand tools for surrounding villages. In 1963, their work was featured on the cover of Span magazine, published by the US Embassy in New Delhi.
Upon their return, Anne continued her vein of service with American Friends Service Committee, where she, her husband and their new baby boy moved to rural North Carolina to fight for housing and voter rights for the minority populations of the area.
In 1971, the family packed up their Jeep Wagoneer and headed West, landing in Spokane. She became the one and only school nurse in the Mead School District, where she served until her retirement in 2000.
While at Mead, 'Nurse Anne' was known to thousands of students, parents, teachers and administrators for her warmth, caring and humor. As the only school nurse in the district for a number of years, she became close with staff and students across the district, and as her auto mechanic can attest, 'made the rounds' to all schools regularly, ensuring every student had their hearing, vision, spine and immunizations checked and cared for.
Summers saw her serving as the Camp Nurse at Camp Gifford on Deer Lake for a number of years, and then many weekends and summers as a charge nurse at a convalescent center to help put her son through college.
She loved caring for her roses, the sound of waves, and her cats, of which she had several over the years. Her friendships were precious to her, and she had many friends from Mead who meant the world to her.
The staff of Rockwood at Hawthorne took excellent care of her in recent years, where she was known fondly as 'The General' among the aides and nurses.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Myra Jensen of Sarasota, FL, and her sister Jean Jones of Kansas City, KS.
Anne is survived by her son Brent Elkins of Woodinville, WA and his family, and her many nephews and nieces: Jeffrey, Brian and Spencer Jones of Kansas City, KS and their families, Janet LaBarge Griffith and Gregory Jay LaBarge of KY and their families, and Barbara Bouton of Liverpool, NY and Carol Mancuso of Navarino, NY and their families.
We'll be gathering in the afternoon of Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at one of her favorite spots - Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar on North Division - to share stories about her life and the memories she left behind. In lieu of flowers, please come to share company with those who remember Anne so fondly. Bring a story! Bring a memory! If you are unable to come, please consider making a donation in her name to American Friends Service Committee, at AFSC Development, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Published in Spokesman-Review on Mar. 4, 2018
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