1923 - 2012
REDLANDS, Calif. – Former College Place resident Gwendolyn “Gwen” Ruth (McEwen) Jensen, 88, died Sept. 5, 2012, of cardio-pulmonary arrest. The memorial service for Gwen was held at Cedar Creek Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cedar Creek, Wash., on Sept. 16, 2012. Her remains were interred at Mt. View Cemetery in Amboy, Wash.
Gwen was born in Tompkins, Saskatchewan, Canada, on Sept. 7, 1923, to Hiram and Rosella McEwen. She graduated from high school at Portland Union Academy in Portland in 1941. She married William “Bill” Emanuel Jensen on Oct. 15, 1942. (They had met at a camp meeting in Gladstone, Ore., when she was 13 years old, and he was 14.) Shortly after their wedding, Bill was drafted into the U.S. Army. After the war, Gwen and Bill worked and began raising a family in Cedar Creek, Wash., until moving to College Place in 1958. They purchased a home on Hillcrest Lane in 1962 and lived there until 2004.
In 2004 Gwen and Bill moved to Spokane in order to be closer to their daughter, Carolynn Bohlman. They lived together there until June 2008 when Bill was killed in a farming accident. Five months later Gwen moved to Redlands, Calif., to be closer to her son, William.
Gwen lived from July 2009, until the time of her death at Mission Commons in Redlands, Calif. Gwen was active in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, teaching Sabbath School to little children for over 30 years. She also loved to cook large Sabbath meals, and most Sabbaths invited friends, neighbors and college students to dine with her family.
Gwen also worked as a bookkeeper for Craik Lumber Co. in Walla Walla for many years, and was later the “G” in B & G Timber Co. where she continued to keep the books for the business she and Bill started and ran until their retirement in the early 1980s.
Gwen and Bill traveled in Asia and the South Pacific after they retired, often volunteering on “Maranatha” mission trips. They also traveled throughout the U.S. in their motorhome. She enjoyed visiting her five children and her seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Gwen is survived by her four daughters and one son, Carolynn Bohlman of Cheney, Dianne Frost (Jack) of Salinas, Calif., Melinda Blake of Bullhead City, Ariz., Carmen Rima (Rusty) of Bullhead City, Ariz., William Brown-Jensen (Wendy) of Redlands, Calif.; sister, Audrey Lunsford (Joseph) of Calimesa, Calif.; and a brother, Lawrence McEwen (Sandra) of Loma Linda, Calif.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.