Cathleen Jensen

Obituary of Cathleen Jensen

“Gone but never forgotten” couldn’t be a more poignant phrase regarding the passing of our beloved Cathleen Joann Jensen (C.J or Cathy to many). Born January 21, 1959 in Tacoma to her loving parents Dorothy Maxine and Weldon Kermit Taylor, Cathleen ended her courageous battle with cancer surrounded by family at good Samaritan Hospital on July 28, 2019 at 7:55AM. 

CJ was a beloved wife, dedicated mother, constant friend, and lively Nana. In childhood she was known for her athleticism and spunk, and she was always proud of her Lincoln High School roots. CJ had the ability to light up the room wherever she was - always the life of a party, and yet the most servant- hearted person there as well.

Cj loved Jesus and dedicated her time to serving in His name. Many will attest to her gracious character: She was giving of time, talent, and resources. She knew how to make light of heavy situations and was determined to not “let the devil steal her joy” amidst life’s trials. Some of CJ’s greatest joys in life were seeing her children graduate from Puyallup High School, University of Washington, and the Fire Academy. She was proud to be present at the births of her grandchildren and said her grand buddies were “God’s dessert.” 

It could be argued that CJ crammed 120 years of life into the short 60 she had on this earth: she was a loyal and hardworking employee, joining the professional “families” of Safeway, BCRA, Horizon, and Alaska airlines; collected many friends along the years, enjoying vacations, spa appointments, sporting events, lunch dates, and talks from the jump seat; and loved Jesus and dedicated her time to serving in His name.

She is survived by her mother Dorothy Taylor, husband Michael, daughter Whitney Jewell, sons Chase and Chandler, “grandbuddies” Greyson and Arden, and siblings Barry Taylor, Christi Swensen, and Teresa Fineman. Her legacy of love and generosity will remain in the lives of all who knew and loved her. We thank the Lord for the gift she was in our lives and the lessons she taught us. 

Join us in celebrating her precious life at Pioneer Park Pavilion on Tuesday September 10th at 5:30PM. Food and drinks will follow the service. 

Thank you to Multi Care hospice, Pierce County fire and rescue, and to the family and friends who have lightened the burden these last few months. 

“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate” Proverbs 31:30-31

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