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Service Details

Visitation:

Friday, March 17, 2017
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines

Service:

Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:00 am
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines

Disposition:

Burial
Greenwood Friends Cemetery
Ankeny

Arrangements:

Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 289-2442

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Karen Jensen

Karen Eileen Jensen (Murphy) died at her home in Ankeny on Monday, March 13, 2017, due to pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by the love and comfort of her family.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue in Des Moines with a private family burial at Greenwood Friends Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday evening at the funeral home from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Karen was born in Des Moines, Iowa on September 2, 1944, and graduated from Saydel High School in 1963. She continued to reside and work in Des Moines until she married John Jensen on February 7, 1970, in Elkhart, Iowa. From then on, Karen worked with John to start and grow their family farm and raise three children outside Ankeny, Iowa.

Karen was a kind, funny, and hardworking woman who was a wonderful mother and had a healthy outlook on life. She could do anything she put her mind to. She was an excellent bookkeeper for the farming operation and was known to have everything down to the penny. Karen enjoyed old-time country music, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Karen is survived by her husband of 47 years, John; children, John W. (Linda), Kristen (Rishi), and Ryan (Christie); grandchildren Katie, Caitlyn, Lane, and Jahnu; mother, Dorothy Murphy; sisters, Janet Murphy and Sandie (Terry) Heitter; as well as other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Eugene Murphy.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Mercy Hospice in loving memory of Karen.

Condolences may be expressed at:
www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com