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Toni Kay Jensen, age 63 of Jerome Idaho, peacefully passed away Sunday morning, January 28, 2018 surrounded by family.
Toni was born on June 28, 1953 in Staples, Minnesota to Eva Knigge and Billy Dobson. She grew up in Minnesota creating many memories, to include meeting the love of her life, Leo Jensen in 1974.
Toni and Leo settled in Jerome Idaho in 1989 raising their two beautiful daughters and growing their family. Becoming a grandmother, “Gram” truly discovered one of the most joyful experiences in her life, raising her grandson, Tyler. Gram never missed one game or school event, and loved watching her grandsons grow up. She established a career at Saint Benedicts in Jerome for 10+ years as an administrative clerk and won the fight against breast cancer in 2005. She was a regular volunteer at the Jerome Public Library and a devoted Christian, attending Believers Church in Jerome. During this time, she achieved the accomplishment of Ordination as a minister. She used this accomplishment to marry her grandson Tyler to his wife and several of Tyler’s lifelong friends to their spouses, who were all like grandchildren to her. Additionally, Gram baptized all of her family members in a creek in Pine and Feathervile. Since 2014 Toni has stayed in home caring for her two great grandchildren, she would say “they keep me young!”.
Toni is survived by her husband of 44 years Leo Jensen; her sister-in-law, Donna O’Brien; her daughters, Sandi Knigge and Mindi Richardson (Johnny); her grandsons, Tyler (Kacy) Jensen and Statin Richardson; and great granddaughters, Dotty and Olive Jensen.
The family wishes to thank you all for your thoughts and well wishes. A memorial service will be held Thursday February 1, 2018, at The Believers Church, 100 East Avenue D, Jerome Idaho 83338 at 11 am. Everyone knew Toni as Gram, because she thought of us all as her children and grandchildren. Her truest wish would be to celebrate her life by finding peace in her passing, as she will be smiling down on us from heaven.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Toni's memorial webpage at www.farnsworthmortuary.com.
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