Elsie Mae Jensen, 83, of Broken Bow passed away Jan. 18, 2011, at Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow.
Funeral services were Friday Jan. 21, 2011 in the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Karges and the Rev. Larry DeMoss Officiating. Burial was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements. Memorials have been established to the Broken Bow Chamber Beautification Fund, the Custer County Children's Fund, or the Donor's Choice.
Elsie was born July 30, 1927 to John Orval "Lefty" Wright and Janice (Agee) Wright, at the home of Chris and Ogal Christensen in Berwyn. (Twin sister of her father.) She lived with her grandmother, Rosa Belle Wright, and attended school in Berwyn from 3rd grade until she graduated in 1945.
She was united in marriage to Edwin Duane Jensen May 7, 1946, in Glendale, Calif. They returned to Broken Bow to make their home. Born to this union were Patricia Elaine and twin boys Terry Orval and Jerry Pete.
For 35 years, Elsie worked as an elementary school secretary and school lunch coordinator for Broken Bow Public Schools. She was well known for her collection of thousands of elephants and many were blessed to receive her crochet work. She never missed an opportunity to entertain others and play a game of cards. She was active in her church and her women's groups.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eddie; daughter, Patty Loy; son-in-law, Wayne Loy; and a brother, Richard Wright.
Survivors include sons Terry Jensen and wife Bev of Broken Bow, and Jerry Jensen and fiancé Kathy Mead of Grand Island; nine grandchildren, Laurie Kuskie and husband Jason of Broken Bow, Lisa Schlueter and husband Brad of Wood Lake, Chris Jensen and wife Stephanie of Spring Branch, Texas, Lindsay Ludden and husband KC of Omaha, Tim Loy and wife Jodi of Berwyn, Brad Loy and wife Diane of Madrid, Tyce Jensen and wife Bethany of Dallas, Texas, Lindie Patterson and husband Adam of Renton, Wash., and James Jensen of Omaha, and 18 great-grandchildren.