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Information for Roxy Charlotte Nilson Jensen

27 August, 1897 - 21 February, 1988

From The Idaho Press-Tribune

February, 1988
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Roxy Jensen

    Funeral services for Roxy C. Jensen, 93, of Boise and formerly of Melba, who died Sunday, Feb. 21, 1988, at a Boise care center, will be conducted al. 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at the Melba Friends Church.  Interment will follow in the Melba Cemetery.  Services are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.
    Roxy was born Aug. 27, 1894, in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, to Andrew and Hannah Marie Olsen Nilson, who immigrated from Sweden to Utah.  She spent her early years in Mt. Pleasant where she attended the Wasatch Academy.  Her father died in 1899.
    The family lived for a time in Oberlin, Ohio, where she studied music at the Oberlin Conservatory while in high school.  They later moved to Long Beach, Calif.  Roxy attended Mills College in Oakland and in 1914 graduated from the Montessori Program in Early Childhood Education, Los Angeles Teachers College.  
    She married Rex S. Jensen on Nov. 25, 1915, in Long Beach and they returned to Utah.  In 1919 Rex, Roxy and two daughters moved to Melba, where she experienced the challenges and hardships of pioneer life.  They owned and operated the Eldorado Land and Livestock Co. for many years and also were involved in starting the Dry Lake Farms development south of Nampa.  Roxy's love of music persisted until her death.  Her interests were quality education for children, always encouraging music development, travel and gardening, especially growing roses.  She loved the mountains and the sea.  Roxy welcomed many cherished friends and relatives into her home.  Rex died on Feb. 10, 1987, and she had resided in Boise since.
    Roxy was a member of the Presbyterian Church and had been a member of the Melba Rebekah Lodge.
    She is survived by three daughters, Marion L. James, Melba, Roxy E. (Mrs. George) McDonough, Seattle, Wash., Crystal J. (Mrs. E.T.) Evans, Boise; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  Besides her husband she was preceded in death by a son, Rex L. Jensen, a daughter, Bonnie M. Jensen, two brothers, Ronald and Andrew, and two sisters, Addie and Rhoda.
    The family suggests memorial contributions to the Melba Quick Response Unit, the Melba Friends Church, a favorite charity or flowers may be sent.
    Friends may call at the Alsip Funeral Chapel Thursday from 1 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 8 to 11 a.m.

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