Olinger Funeral, Cremation & Cemetery - Chapel Hill

6601 South Colorado Blvd, Centennial, CO

Attendance to the service is limited due to COVID restrictions and will be a private family service, so please RSVP to Karen by Thursday, August 6 via phone or email (303-694-7297 or fitmat79@gmail.co...

Nancy Jane Jensen

October 8, 1922July 24, 2020

Nancy Jane (Murphy) Jensen, age 97, of Denver, Colorado passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home with family by her side on July 24, 2020.

She was born in Limon, Colorado, 40 miles from her family’s Lincoln County homestead, on October 8, 1922. Nancy attended Pride of the Prairie, a one room schoolhouse, near the family homestead through her 5th grade year. In June 1933, she and her mother, Juditha, moved to Akron, Ohio to be with family and Nancy entered the 6th grade in a school with 2,000 students. This was quite a change from a one room school with 20 students, all in different grades. Each class at her new school was held in a different room, and art, music and dance were all new for the “Cowgirl” from the plains. Juditha and Nancy returned to Colorado in time for the second semester of 6th grade and going back to that little country school looked mighty good! In the second semester of her 9th grade year, the family moved to Hugo, Colorado where Nancy was baptized into the Methodist Church at Hugo on Easter Sunday – April 17, 1938. She graduated from Hugo High School in May 1940. Among her classmates was the one who was to become her husband. Nancy applied to nursing school but was too young and instead worked as a nurse’s aide in Colorado Springs. She had been accepted into the September 1941 class of students at St. Joseph School of Nursing in Denver, Colorado when her fianceé received notice from the draft board that he would be inducted into the Army Air Corps. Nancy Jane Murphy and Eugene “Gene” Jens Jensen were married August 2, 1941 in Raton, New Mexico. They did not announce their marriage because nursing students could not marry at that time. Nancy was dismissed from nursing school after the authorities were informed that she was married so she went to visit her husband who was scheduled to be shipped overseas. Gene’s unit went overseas without him, as he developed tonsillitis and required surgery. Nancy began attending the Seton School of Nursing in Colorado Springs, Colorado in April 1944. She became a Cadet Nurse out of Ft. Carson and the end of the war brought Nancy’s release from the corps, instead of being shipped to the South Pacific as she was scheduled to be. In October 1945 on her last day of nursing school, Gene came home on leave and after four years of being separated, they loaded their 1935 Dodge and headed for North Carolina, where he was stationed. They were only there for six weeks, as Gene was discharged on December 15, 1945. Nancy and Gene returned to Colorado and moved in with her parents in Hugo, where Gene began working as a mechanic in a local garage. Nancy gave birth to their only daughter, Karen Anne on July 25, 1946 in Colorado Springs. Nancy, Eugene and Karen moved from Hugo to the Denver area in April 1947 and the family purchased their permanent residence in Aurora, Colorado in September 1950.

Nancy’s long nursing career at St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado, began in January 1948 and included General Duty, Surgical Nursing, Assistant Head Nurse, Clinical Instructor for Urology Services, Head Nurse of Central Service, Supervisor of Special Services and Associate Director of Nursing Services. Nancy retired from St. Luke’s on August 27, 1976. She was a Founder and past President of District 14 of the American Nurses Association and past President of the Part-Time and Non-Practicing Nurse Group in Aurora. Nancy’s passion for genealogy led her to become a charter member and past President of the Aurora Genealogical Society as well as a member of the Clay County Historical Society and the Kanawah Valley Genealogical Society, both in West Virginia. She enjoyed taking annual research trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition, Nancy was an active member of the Peace Pipe Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, holding many offices including two terms as Regent. She was a member of the National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, a member of The Mayflower Society and a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames – Captain Miles Standish Chapter. Nancy became a member of Park Hill United Methodist Church in Denver, Colorado on February 16, 1958 and then attended Windsor Gardens Church shortly after her move to the complex in October 2005. Following Gene’s retirement from Continental Airlines and Nancy’s retirement from St. Luke’s Hospital, they became active members of the Airstream Travel Trailer Club and the Continental Airlines Retired Mavericks Travel Club. They spent many happy years together traveling the country in their series of motor homes with their beloved dog, Klondike. Gene and Nancy were delighted to spend much of their time boating, fishing and camping with their family and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband Eugene Jens Jensen, father, Marion Monroe Murphy, mother Juditha “Holcomb” Murphy, sister Constance Elizabeth Murphy, brothers Philip Henry Murphy and Marion Maxwell Murphy and longtime friend and companion, Daniel Getz. She is survived by her daughter Karen Kennedy (Ronald) of Greenwood Village, CO; granddaughter Tara Lujan (Christopher) of Centennial, CO; grandson Timothy Kennedy (Jennifer) of Highlands Ranch, CO; great-grandchildren Mitchell, Georgia, Mason Lujan (Tara) and Ryan, Brandon, Matthew Kennedy (Timothy); many nieces, nephews and friends. The last few years of her life were enriched by the wonderful care given to her by Hope Lawrence and Jeanne Lee.

Nancy was a loving, resourceful, organized woman who left a legacy of values, faith and character. Her life’s work reflected her devoted, honest, dependable and selfless side while her personal life showcased her creative, fun-loving, independent spirit. She was truly honored and loved by her family and friends.

Attendance to the service is limited due to COVID restrictions and will be a private family service, so please RSVP by Thursday, August 6 to Karen via phone or email (303-694-7297 or fitmat79@gmail.com).

Masks are required

The Celebration of Life will be live streamed through Zoom on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 11:00am MST. To view the service, please use the following link, meeting ID, and password. Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88540852046?pwd=dVRjVmxpS2U3TGFyTHlwOW1UV0xCZz09 Meeting ID: 885 4085 2046 Passcode: Jensen

Alternatively, you can listen to the service by calling in. Find your local number by using the following link and passcode. Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keyLer4Wmk Passcode: 574123

Viewing - Friday, August 7 from 5-7pm Celebration of Life - Saturday, August 8 at 11:00 am Graveside burial and reception to immediately follow the funeral service.

Nancy will be buried next to her husband, Eugene, at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery – 6601 S. Colorado Blvd., Centennial, CO 80121.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be gifted to a DAR scholarship fund for nursing students. Please make a check payable to 'Colorado State Society NSDAR' with 'Cameo club in honor of Nancy Jensen' in the memo line. This can be mailed to: Janet Beiner State Treasurer 1207 W. 111th Ave. Northglenn, Co. 80234-6102


  • Eugene Jens Jensen, Husband (deceased)
  • Marion Monroe and Juditha "Holcomb" Murphy, Parents (deceased)
  • Constance Elizabeth Murphy, Sister (deceased)
  • Philip Henry Murphy, Brother (deceased)
  • Marion Maxwell Murphy, Brother (deceased)
  • Daniel Getz, Longtime friend and companion (deceased)
  • Karen (Ronald) Kennedy, Daughter
  • Tara (Christopher) Lujan, Granddaughter
  • Timothy (Jennifer) Kennedy, Grandson
  • Mitchell Lujan, Great Grandchild
  • Georgia Lujan, Great Grandchild
  • Mason (Tara) Lujan, Great Grandchild
  • Ryan Kennedy, Great Grandchild
  • Brandon Kennedy, Great Grandchild
  • Matthew (Timothy) Kennedy, Great Grandchild
  • Nancy is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

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  • Timothy Kennedy, Pallbearer
  • Christopher Lujan, Pallbearer
  • Mitchell Lujan, Pallbearer
  • Ryan Kennedy, Pallbearer
  • Brandon Kennedy, Pallbearer
  • Patrick Noonan, Pallbearer
  • Mason Lujan, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Matthew Kennedy, Honorary Pallbearer
  • John Sciez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Gregg Sciez, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Stanley Kravig, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Viewing (Please see information listed above re: RSVP)

    Friday, August 7, 2020

  • Celebration of Life (Please see information listed above re: RSVP or joining virtually)

    Saturday, August 8, 2020

  • Graveside Service (Please see information listed above re: RSVP)

    Saturday, August 8, 2020

  • Reception (Please see information listed above re: RSVP)

    Saturday, August 8, 2020


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Dianne Hayen

August 8, 2020

Nancy was a companion during church services many times, and her company was delightful. I have missed her greatly. Now she knows things about heaven that we don't know yet. I look forward to seeing you again, Nancy.

Brett & Marcee Rodewald

August 1, 2020

To Karen, Ron and family,

We are so sorry for your loss. We hope you are comforted by the precious memories you have of Nan. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

Love, Brett & Marcee Rodewald

Sally Russo

August 1, 2020

Dear Karen and all the family,
It was a JOY to know Nancy with her boundless energy and her involvement with so many organizations. She was a dedicated wife, loving mother, and dear grandmother. I do hope the family continues for many generations to make her special Christmas cookies.
She lived a long and productive life in nursing, as a mother, and in retaining her independence in her last years. Nancy was a thoughtful mother in law to Ron, who treated her with great care, for half a century, which is quite an accomplishment.
Her life beginning in rural Eastern Colorado helped shape her fortitude and faith. She was admired by so many people of different generations.
Nancy will be missed, but her spark for life and her love will remain.
Our family sends warmth and condolences at this time. It is profound when one loses a mother.
With love, Sally

Courtney Swartwout

July 31, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. I met her back in 2013 when I joined the Peace Pipe chapter of NSDAR and enjoyed talking with her at the meetings over the next couple of years. She was so kind, welcoming, and easy to talk to, even given our 60 year age difference! I always looked forward to seeing her and her bright smile. My deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends. She was a terrific woman.

Betty Snow

July 31, 2020

I adored working with Nancy in Peace Pipe Chapter. We always tried to sign up to do refreshments together as we knew both would "pull their own weight" She was a lovely woman and a good friend. She will be missed. What a great picture of her! Betty Snow

Earl and Janell McKinstry

July 30, 2020

Karen, Ron and Family, What a beautiful lady in heart and mind. We always remember all the good times visiting Ron and Karen and Nancy.
Our special memory is visiting at Gene and Nancy's in Aurora for a Bar B Q and Janell was 9 months pregnant and started contractions and Nancy said you better get to Fitzsimmons ASAP and lone behold our daughter Jill was born just a few hours later.
Keeping the family in our prayers. Blessings!
Earl and Janell McKinstry

Margie Musgrave

July 30, 2020

Nancy was a very special sister-in-law. I remember my first days in Denver, looking for a job, Nancy would invite me to their home. She always made me feel welcomed. I used to baby sit Karen.

Gale Nash

July 29, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She was so much fun to interact with at the Aurora Genealogy Society meeting. She will be missed.

Katherine Peterson

July 29, 2020

What a blessing that she was with you for so many wonderful memories. You will miss her and her wonderful smile!

Conny Jensen

July 29, 2020

Dear Karen and Family, my deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. How blessed all of you , but especially also the great-grandkids, are in having had her in your lives. Karen, you have shared such wonderful memories and traditions with her via Facebook that it seems as if we were able to be there with you. It was nice to stay in touch that way.
I have fond memories of your mom and your dad, visiting Hugo with Klondike. It was nice he was mentioned in the obituary; it immediately brought back many memories of your parents. I am a bit nostalgic for those days of fun family gatherings when Mike and I were stateside.
What an amazing life history she has. A special light has gone out, but will live forever on in your hearts to warm you. My thoughts are with you all! Much love from us all.


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