Gladys JENSEN (Jaffray)

Gladys JENSEN (Jaffray)


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear mom, Gladys Jensen (Jaffray) of Red Deer, formerly of Rimbey, Alberta, who passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at the age of 93 years.

Gladys was the heart of her family and the glue that bonded all generations together. She was born to be a mother, loved her family unconditionally, and was so very generous with her family and friends. Gladys was raised in the Sunset Hills west of Bentley on August 21, 1918, and was the 11th of 16 children born to the late John and Sophie Solberg. In 1940, Gladys was united in marriage to James Jaffray and together they lived on the family farm in the Lockhart District where they raised five children. They retired to Red Deer where Gladys worked for several years on the switchboard at the Red Deer Regional Hospital. During and after these years, they made many happy memories traveling, dancing, and entertaining friends. Gladys took pride in the many quilts she made over the years and gave to others. James passed away in 1989, and Gladys moved close to her sister and best friend, Violet Taylor. In 1993, Gladys married Jim Jensen and they resided in Rimbey for several years before moving to Victoria Park in Red Deer. Jim passed away in 2005. Although the last years became difficult for Gladys and memories faded, she continued to have a keen sense of humour and was kind to all. Since 2011, Gladys resided in the Bethany Care Centre in Sylvan Lake. We are so grateful to the kind and caring staff that were a part of her life and took such compassionate care of Gladys in her last years.

Gladys will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her daughters, Beverley (Duane) Young of Marwayne, Alberta; Lynn (Greg) Markowski of Edmonton; and Sharon (Rodney) Wilkins of Bentley; and her son, Lyle (Sherry) Jaffray of Calgary; as well as ten grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. She will also be lovingly remembered by her sisters, Olga Newton; Inga Beddoes; and Myrtle Patapoff; her brother, Joseph Solberg; in addition to many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Gladys was predeceased by her first husband, James Jaffray; her son, Leslie Jaffray; her grandson, Jason Young; her parents; five brothers and six sisters; her second husband, Jim Jensen and his brother, Don; and many in-laws.

With respect for Gladys’ wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. A family gathering to celebrate her life will take place at a later date. Cremation took place at the Central Alberta Crematorium, Red Deer. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Gladys’ Memory may be made directly to the Bethany Care Society ~ Bethany Sylvan Lake, 4700 – 47 Avenue, Sylvan Lake, Alberta T4S 2M3; or to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences to the family may also be expressed by e-mail to:

Cremation Arrangements for the Late Gladys Jensen (Jaffray)

entrusted to the care of


Rimbey, AB. 403-843-4445

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