Meredith Jean "Jeanne" (Jensen) Larson
April 10, 1936 ~ May 4, 2019
Jeanne Larson, 83, Viborg, was reunited with her husband in Heaven, on May 4, 2019, after a long struggle with heart failure.
Visitation with family present will be on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Harmony Presbyterian Church in Hurley from 5PM-7PM with a prayer service at 7PM. Funeral services will be held at Harmony Presbyterian on Friday, May 10th, at 2PM. Burial will be at a later date.
Meredith Jean Jensen was born on April 10, 1936, in Hurley, South Dakota, to Duane “Tittle” and Rosemary “Mickey” (Mahoney) Jensen. Jeanne attended elementary school in Hurley until the 3rd grade when the family moved to Rutland, South Dakota. She grew up with a love of horses and enjoyed trail rides and horse shows alongside her younger brother Jerry Jensen. She graduated from Rutland Public School in 1954 and pursued her nursing degree at Presentation College in Aberdeen where she graduated in 1957. Her nursing career took her to the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she worked as an RN off and on throughout her career as she took breaks to help her husband on the farm and raise their daughter. Even when she wasn’t working as a hospital nurse, she was the knowledgeable nurse that family and friends often came to for medical advice.
On May 7, 1960, she was united in marriage to Kenneth Dean Larson, and after their marriage, they settled on their family farm near Hurley, until 2015, when they moved to an apartment in Viborg. On June 29, 1979, Jeanne and Kenny were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Amy Jean. Even though they had to wait almost 20 years to be parents, they were “second parents” for many family members and family friends.
Jeanne and Kenny were members of Harmony Presbyterian Church in Hurley. Jeanne was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Questers, and Davis Doers. She was an avid reader, and even after losing most of her eyesight toward the end of her life, she greatly enjoyed listening to audio books.
I think everyone who knew Jeanne would say her great joys in life were her three granddaughters, Raegan (age 13), Brinlee (age 11), and Harper (age 3). She loved spending time with “her girls” teaching them how to bake and cook, reading books to them, and just observing their antics.
Left to mourn her and celebrate her life are her daughter, Amy (Mike) Smith; her granddaughters, Raegan, Brinlee, and Harper Smith; her brother, Jerry Jensen and his friend Julie Hummel; her brother-in-law, Lyle (Doris) Larson; her brother-in-law Burdette (Ilze) Larson; her nieces and nephews, Joe (Cindy) Jensen, Bill (Donna) Jensen, Jim Jensen, Tammy Wadsworth, and Kellie (Tom) Holmstrom; and many beloved cousins and friends.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Kenny, and her sister-in-law, Mary Jensen.