Charlotte Kay Jensen, age 75 of Pennock formerly of Corrales, NM, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Prairie Senior Cottages in Hutchinson. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 2 at The First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake, New London. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at a later date in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Lucan. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Charlotte Kay Jensen was born October 16, 1942 to her parents, Milton William Jensen and LaVon Katherine Grams, at Lucan, Minnesota. Her Grandmother Carrie Jensen was the mid-wife. While growing up in Lucan, Ms. Jensen was very active in Trinity Lutheran Church and taught Sunday school, held offices in Luther League, sang in the choir and was church organist for two years while in high school. She attended first through eighth grade school at Lucan Public School. She graduated from Milroy Public High School in 1960. She attended Augsburg College, the University of Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State University in 1965. She taught first grade in Belgrade, Minnesota in 1965 before moving to San Clemente, California where she taught first grade for two years. Seattle, Washington was her next stop where she taught first grade for one year. She moved back to California for one more year of teaching before taking a four month tour of Europe. After returning from Europe, she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where she lived and taught for 14 years. During that time, she earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her last three years in Las Vegas were spent as a Reading Specialist with Clark County School District. During the last several years in Nevada, she had occasionally thought how wonderful it would be to teach at the university level. Her dream came true when she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1984 to pursue her doctorate at the University of New Mexico. She earned her degree in 1988. Dr. Jensen taught at the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands University. She retired in 2007 after 42 years in education. Dr. Jensen liked to travel and she visited many interesting places. Iceland, Europe, Mexico, Canada, and many tours in the United States left her with many fond memories. She was very fond of dogs. After she retired, she became a member of Pet Therapy and the Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She and her dogs spent many happy hours visiting hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. She always said the patients brought her so much joy and her dogs brought much enjoyment to the patients and caregivers.
Dr. Jensen’s brother, Dr. Roger Jensen (38) and sister-in-law Marlys Jensen preceded her in death in 1976. Her father died in 1987 at the age of 77 and her mother in 2003 at the age of 92. She is survived by beloved cousins, Godchild Alexis Jensen, special friend Annie Hoskin, her faithful companion Murphy, who never left her side, and many kind and true friends.