Celebrating the Life of Nancy Jensen
A note from her brother Mike and his wife Amy
Nancy’s sudden illness and physical demise was certainly a shock to us and to her community at St. Catherine’s. Even though the moment may be dark, all of us can be comforted by so much for which we can be thankful.
We are thankful that we were with Nancy throughout her final ordeal at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Her medical care was extraordinary and her doctors and nurses were caring and compassionate. The focus was Nancy’s well-being and comfort at all times. There even were beautiful moments while Nancy was being serenaded by a harpist singing Gregorian chants.
We are thankful that Nancy was devoted to her church and blessed to be part of the St. Catherine community. For several decades she faced serious health challenges and marched forward emboldened by her faith and the help and support of her fellow parishioners. Everything and everyone here brought her strength. I’m sure Nancy was pleased her final blessing was given by her Vicar, Patricia who visited Nancy in the hospital.
We are thankful for our broader local community. Nancy would have lost her independence long ago without this caring community. Nancy was able to live independently much longer because neighbors kept their eye out for her and a friend like Frank Russo was there to take care of any problem. Then when her cooking became problematic, the Big Wave stepped in to assure her daily nourishment.
We are thankful the Nehalem Bay House was nearby to provide for Nancy’s care when a house and driving a car became unsafe for her. Nancy was welcomed and quickly was at home. She thought the food was fine and liked the staff and knew it was handy to be living so near St. Catherine’s. Nehalem Bay House enabled Nancy to stay in her chosen community.
Finally, we are thankful for Nancy. She faced many challenges and lived a genuine life centered on her faith. Like the trains she so enjoyed and loved, she believed she had built her life on the right track. You might even say she lived a life inspired by a favorite childhood story of hers, “The Little Engine That Could.” Nancy, we are proud of you.
As we celebrate Nancy’s life let’s also take a moment to reflect on our local community. One family member who visited us summed it up best, “I like it here. People help each other.” Yes, there is so much for us to be thankful.
Nancy Woodin Jensen will be remembered during the 9:30 am service on Sunday March 23rd at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church in Manzanita, Oregon with a brief reception following. Nancy was born September 15, 1940 in Eugene, Oregon to Eldon and Dorothy (Fenton) Woodin and passed away March 8, 2014 in Portland, Oregon at the age of 73. Nancy was a graduate of South Eugene High School and the University of Oregon. She taught Social Sciences and English in Portland until she moved to the coast where she worked in various other capacities until retirement. She was a devoted member of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and active in Girl Scouting and the Garibaldi Lions Club. Nancy is survived by her brother Michael F. Woodin of Olympia, Washington. She is preceded in death by her husband Raymond. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church in Manzanita, the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad or local charity of choice. A private inurnment will be held at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, OR. Arrangements are in care of Wauds Funeral Home, Tillamook, OR.
For memorial contributions send to St Catherine's Episcopal Church, PO Box 251, Manzanita, OR 97130