Debra “Debbie” Lea Jensen

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December 26, 1958 ~ March 11, 2024

Debra “Debbie” Lea Jensen, 65, Harrisburg, passed peacefully on Monday, March 11, 2024, after a short battle with lung cancer, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.

A Celebration of Life gathering will take place later this Spring.  Please check back for more updates as they are scheduled.

Debbie was born December 26, 1958, in Hawarden, IA, to Bruce and Joyce (Skinner) Jensen. She was raised in Alcester, SD, with her three sisters and two brothers. She graduated from Alcester High School in 1977 and remained in Alcester for the majority of her life. Debbie gave birth to her son, Jacob, on October 2, 1987. She spent her working life in service to others, as a grocery store assistant manager, a special education paraprofessional, a CNA/Med Aid, an assembly line worker, a caretaker, and a housekeeper. She moved to Iowa to help take care of her first grandson, and a couple of years later, moved to Harrisburg to continue to be close to her son and grandkids.

Debbie loved her dogs, Muffie, Cole, Bear, Marvin, and then Bella. She enjoyed fishing, reading, and traveling to visit family. She spent time with her grandsons every weekend and loved bringing them a sack lunch and snacks.

Debbie trusted in the Lord and repeated that she was “in God’s hands” throughout her cancer journey.

Debbie is survived by her son, Jacob (Lauren) Jensen; grandsons, Eli and Dawson; siblings, Millie (Greg) Klopstad, Patti (Matt) Williams, and Walter (Rebecca) Jensen; and brother-in-law, John Whitehead.

Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Joyce Jensen; nephew, SPC Dennis G. Jensen; sister, Judy Whitehead; and brother, Glenn Jensen.

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  • Karen Pearson says:

    Debbie was a lovely person. I always enjoyed her. Heaven gained a good one. Prayers to Jacob and family.

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