Joyce Jensen, age 88 of Westbrook, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Westbrook Good Samaritan. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 27 at Old Westbrook Lutheran Church. Visitation is 4:00-7:00 pm. Sunday at the Westbrook Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial is in the Westbrook Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Joyce Kathryn Nelson, daughter of Orlando and Victoria (Lind) Nelson, was born October 5, 1926 in Ann Township, north of Westbrook, Minnesota. She was baptized on May 8, 1927 at Bethany Lutheran Church. The family later moved south of Westbrook for a time. In the mid 1930’s she moved with her family to Grandpa Stengel Nelson’s farm north of Westbrook, across the road from where she was born. Joyce attended elementary school at rural District #4 and graduated from Westbrook High School in 1944. She had been confirmed at Old Westbrook Lutheran Church and has been a member there since that time. On November 18, 1946 she married William “Bill” Jensen after he had served in the Army during WWII. They farmed in the Westbrook area where Joyce helped Bill with chores and other farm work, and there they raised their two children, Kathy and Joe. Joyce also worked faithfully at the Good Samaritan Home in Westbrook for over 24 years and in 2003 was named C.N.A. of the year, which was a well-deserved honor. During her whole life she proved she was never afraid of work! Joyce could be “tough as nails” but had a heart of gold and always had a cup of coffee and cookies or some other treat for whoever would drop into her welcoming kitchen. She would even leave a thermos of coffee on the kitchen table when she needed to be gone, so if someone came by they could help themselves to her hospitality! Later, after Bill’s death, Joyce made the wise decision to move into an apartment in town. She had the misfortune of having a stroke and since that time has lived at the Good Samaritan Home where she had helped so many others over the years. She still enjoyed having coffee with her friends and family, as they would come to visit her there, and especially loved having the great-grandchildren come to see her.
Joyce is survived by her two children: Kathy (Bob) Nelson of Vermillion, SD, and Joe (Mary) of Storden; grandchildren: Jill (Cal), Andy (Jennifer), and Daniel (Andrea) Nelson and Jessica (Guy) and Matthew (DeAnne) Jensen; great-grandchildren: Denton, Jensen, Henry, Ella, Mae, Tucker, Owen, Elias, and Bryan; sister Donna Dunlap of Marshall; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband Bill in 2006, sisters Carole (in infancy), Orleane Jensen, and LeeAnn Wyffels, and brother Dale.