Lenna “Colleen” Jensen

12/31/1942 — 02/04/2022

From Richland, WA | Born in Salt Lake City, UT

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Tue, February 8, 2022, 11:00 am
Location:
Events at Sunset
915 Bypass Highway

Richland, WA 99352

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Tue, February 8, 2022, 12:00 pm
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Sunset Gardens
915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA 99352

Lenna “Colleen” Jensen

Lenna Colleen Jensen, 79, of Richland, Washington, passed away on February 4th, 2022.

She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 31st, 1942 to Vern and Lenna Olson. Colleen graduated from Columbia High School (Richland High School) and received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. She was married to Gary Jensen for thirty-four years until his passing in 2009.

Colleen worked in Education for the Richland School District for 26 years. Fifteen of those spent at River’s Edge Alternative High School where she worked with her husband, Gary.

She is survived by her brothers Bob and Bill Olson, and her sister Linda McAllister, her children Steve Townsend, Cori Blake, Kim Atwell, and Mike Jensen. Her Grandchildren, Jared Townsend, Kalli Walton, Garrick Townsend, Zach Blake, Morgan Blake, and Greatgrandchildren, Jase Townsend, Annabelle Townsend, Sydnee Townsend, and Emma Townsend. She was preceded in death by her Father, Mother, Husband and son Joe.

The family would like to thank the Bonaventure of Tri-Cities staff, and Chaplaincy Hospice Care for their dedicated care and support.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, February 8th, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Einan’s At Sunset Event Center.

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  • Colleen,
    You made the world a better place, each and every day. Your sacrifice and care for family and others was a powerful example of all the good that we can do.

    You spoke of family so often, I know you were greeted by them as you entered your heavenly rest. Gary would be atthe front of the line.

    Much gratitude to your children for sharing you with the rest of us.

    All my love.

    Anonymous
    February 12, 2022
  • I loved your Mom. I will miss her. She loves you!

    Julie Powell Call
    February 10, 2022
    Richland
  • Oh Colleen. I am so sorry to hear of your passing. You were such an amazing asset to my schooling at Rivers Edge. You were a vital part of why I graduated.
    My prayers to your family and friends who knew you. May you rest in peace. 💗🙏

    Jessica T.
    February 8, 2022
    Kennewick, WA
  • Sorry for your loss. I was thinking about her the other day. Wondering where she was. She used to help my grandmother Lura Andre. The relief society was generous . Colleen was a beautiful person. It’s been many years.

    Debbie Keller
    February 8, 2022
    Kennewick
  • Colleen was such an amazing person. So loving and kind, so Christlike. My sincere condolences to her family for their loss.

    Stephanie Kunkel
    February 8, 2022
    West Richland
  • Colleen was my mom’s best friend and one of the nicest people I have ever met. I’m so sad to hear of her passing.

    David Roohr
    February 8, 2022
    Richland, WA
  • We will miss Colleen at our “Lunch Bunch” for the class of ’61.

    Margaret Ehrig Dunn
    February 8, 2022
    Richland
  • You got to go find all those loved ones you have missed terribly and the reunion party is amazing. You gave the very best you could to your family, friends, students, and anyone else who knew you while we were blessed to have you here. We will miss your contagious smile and kind heart until we meet you once again. May God bless your family and all who mourn your passing with the peace that our loving Savior can provide.

    Love you dear.

    P.S.: Please tell Michael our eternal mansion better be colossal considering how much time he’s had to build it without me.

    Linda Cates
    February 7, 2022
    Richland
  • My dearest friend, You taught me so much! Your were the best example of a true Christian as you did many Christlike things. You were my mentor & sitting beside you in church for 15 yrs. was an honor. You were an angel then & you still are & always will be. You suffered so much for such a long time yet you bore your burdens well…never complained & always had a beautiful smile…You had the most gentle sweet spirit of anyone i ever knew. You are so loved & so missed by all who knew you. I was blessed to have known you all these yrs. Goodbye dear friend until we meet again! Love, Marci

    Marcia Pack
    February 7, 2022
    West Richland
  • Beautiful picture of a beautiful person inside and out. Great friend to many.

    David Belliston
    February 7, 2022
    West Richland
  • Loved this lady. She was such a great example of loving others without judging. Gave so much service to others through her diligent faithful fulfilling of church assignments. True example of Christlike living.

    Brent Pulsipher
    February 7, 2022
    West Richland
  • Dear “Co”, we met 46 years ago. A dear friend of my first wife Arlene, you became my dear friend too. Your husbands Alan and Gary became two of my closest friends in life. We vacationed together and shared more memories than I can count. Life circumstances distanced us in later years but few people hold more love in my heart than you. Your passing grieves me terribly. I will never forget your all blue light Christmas trees. You are an angel.

    Gerry Steinauer
    February 7, 2022
    Walla Walla, Washington
  • Steve….so sorry to hear about your Mother. Our deepest sympathy for your family lost.
    May God keep each of you.

    Rodney and Sarah Edmond
    February 7, 2022
    Evan's, GA
  • We have wonderful memories of Colleen and Gary and our many years in Richland. We send our love and prayers to your family and our dear friends.

    Kenneth and Margaret Petersen
    February 7, 2022
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • a wonderful lady and friend so many fond memories my love and prayers to each of youwill mot b able to attend the service as ill be atour temple serving and thinking ofall of youmy lov Jane Lohdefinck

    jane lohdefinck
    February 7, 2022
    richland washington
  • So many fond memory’s of a kind caring and Beautiful Aunt.
    the formative years spent growing up close to Coleen and the kids just blocks away will never be forgotten.
    God Bless and hold you in his arms until we meet again.

    Robert & Laurie Olson
    February 7, 2022
    Star, Idaho
  • Colleen lived a full life filled with family and Church.
    She gave so much to caring for her husband Gary with ALS.
    She will be missed.

    Jo Jensen
    February 6, 2022
    Gig Harbor
  • Colleen was a very special friend, and sister in law. We referred to each other as sisters when meeting new friends. We laughed a lot, cried at times together, teased and worked hard side by side at many things. Her love of the kids at Rivers Edge was always evident, and they loved her back. She enjoyed, and cared a great deal about her many friends, and neighbors, as well as people in general.. Her family and their welfare were always so very important to her. We will miss her and her kind words of council, and caring.

    Carol Ann and Bib Olson.
    February 6, 2022
    Park city, Utah
  • Colleen was a very special friend, and sister in law. We referred to each other as sisters when meeting new friends. We laughter a lot, cried at times together, teased and worked hard side by side at many things. Her love of the kids at Rivers Edge was always evident, and they loved her back. She enjoyed, and cared a great deal about her many friends, and neighbors, as well as people in general.. Her family and their welfare were always so very important to her. We will miss her and her kind words of council, and caring.

    Carol Ann and Bib Olson.
    February 6, 2022
    Park city, Utah
  • Dear Colleen, You know how much I love you and your spirit. You are truly a daughter of God. It was nice to meet Stephen and his wife. You both have very sweet and loving spirits. Thank you for taking such good care of Colleen.

    Sharon Pedersen
    February 6, 2022
    West Richland