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7/30/2013 12:06:00 PM
Obituary: Aileen Durfee Jensen, 1912 - 2013
Aileen Durfee Jensen, 1912  2013
Aileen Durfee Jensen, 1912 2013

Aileen Durfee Jensen, age 100, of Twin Falls, Idaho, and formerly of the Mini-Cassia area, passed away Monday, July 22, 2013, in Twin Falls.
Our dear mother was born Oct. 26, 1912, to Lorenzo and Anna Abby (Bruesch) Durfee in Almo, Idaho. She was the fourth child and first daughter in a happy family that eventually grew to be 12 children. They were a busy bunch - their days were filled with chores around the farm and home and playing with friends and a plenitude of cousins.
Aileen's mother was firm in her desire to teach her girls the skills they would need to be a wife and mother, but they preferred to help their playful dad on the farm.
Aileen graduated from Rupert High School and Albion State Normal School teachers' college. Her first teaching job included cleaning the outhouses and starting the fire in three rooms.
A good friend named Lyman Jensen came calling and they were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple June 20, 1935. Their children are Cleon (Connie) Jensen, of Twin Falls; JoAnn (Jerry) Gross, of Spokane; Lylis (Dennis) Blair, of Kanarraville, Utah; Verus Young, of Las Vegas, Nev.; Bernie (Ginny) Jensen, of Rock Springs, Wyo.; and Darryl (Donnie) Jensen, of Mattawa.
The family farmed in the Rupert-Emerson-Paul area. They worked together and enjoyed success there. In 1955, they moved their family to Othello and opened a retail store. Aileen taught fifth grade and also earned her librarian certificate. She was a school librarian until she retired. In 1975, they bought a home in Yuma, Ariz. They enjoyed the winter sunshine, the pool, riding bikes and helping on the welfare grapefruit orchard. For many summers they fished for salmon in the Strait of Juan De Fuca.
Their family circle has grown from six children to 25 grandchildren, 78 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
In 2006, they moved to Sequim to live next door to their daughter JoAnn and her husband Jerry. We have so appreciated their help and devotion to our parents. Lyman and Aileen celebrated 76 years of marriage before he passed away Jan. 11, 2012. She was also preceded in death by six siblings, a son-in-law and three grandchildren.
Goodbye to our kind, loving, intelligent mom.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, Idaho, where friends and family may call one hour prior to the service.  Burial will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Heyburn, Idaho.
We truly appreciate the kindness and care given our mother the last few weeks of her life by the men and women at St. Luke's Hospice Care, of Twin Falls.  We also greatly appreciate the care given to our mother by Connie and Cleon since she moved to Twin Falls to be with them the first of March this year.





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