Lois (Iversen) Jensen
Lois (Iversen) Jensen died Oct. 10, 2018, at Briarwood Healthcare Center in Iowa City from complications of COPD. She donated her body to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Her life will be celebrated along with the lives of other donors at a future Deeded Body Memorial Service.
Lois was born March 20, 1932, in Boone, Iowa, and grew up on the family ranch near Wendt, S.D., the first child of Christian and Ruth (Samuel) Iversen.
She was valedictorian of her class at T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre and continued her education at Yankton College.
She married Jon Jensen on Dec. 26, 1952, at the Little Brown Church. They were later divorced.
Lois began her working life as a secretary in executive, legal and medical settings. She later had a supervisory position for the Hartford Insurance Co. From there, Lois went to Illinois College, where she served on the residence life staff for 27 years.
Lois loved empowering young women as a Girl Scout leader. In her later life, Lois enjoyed collecting. Lois was a great beauty with a gift for being the life of any party. Her laughter could fill a room.
Those left to carry on her gifts include her daughter, Jonna Jensen; her grandson, Noah Jensen Tabor (KC Claussen); the great-granddog who had her heart, Monte; and her former son-in-law, Eric Tabor (Michael Youngstrom). Lois also is survived by her brothers, Frank (Pat) Iversen and John (Jeanette) Iversen; her sisters, Judy Marshall (Art Runge), Grace (Russ) Freeburg, and Janet Iversen; her half-brother, Larry Iversen; and many nieces and nephews.
Lois was preceded in death by her sisters, Florence Kraft, Mary Tabbert, Nancy Iversen and Christie Iversen; her half-brothers, Dudley Iversen and Donald Iversen; and her half-sisters, Dolores Thode Nichols and Phylis Keys. She also was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jeanne Marie.
Memorial gifts will be shared with the Girl Scouts of America and the Illinois College Fund. To share a thought, memory or condolence with her family, please visit the funeral home website at www.gayandciha.com.