Gudrun Nielsina Jensen
Gudrun, “Goldie” or “Gramma”, daughter of Neils and Jensina (nee Jensen) Nielsen, was born in Kongerslev, Denmark, October 10, 1921. In 1937, at the age of 16, while working on a farm in Flemstad, she met the love of her life Niels Jensen and they married in September, 1942. Living in Stovring, Denmark they welcomed three children: Margit (1946), Lis (1948) and Mogens (1956).
The family moved to Canada in 1957…first to Revelstoke…and eventually to Edmonton where Gudrun worked at the Harry Ainlay Secondary School for many years, and as a seamstress in her home. The family built a cabin at Mann Lake, Alberta, where they shared many happy times. In 1977, Gudrun and Neils moved to Whitehorse where they built a home on the Hotsprings Road, close to their daughter Dr. Lis Densmore. Gudrun worked at the Game Farm caring for animals and raising quail for the hawks. She lived independently in Closeleigh Manor until her move to Whistle Bend Place in November 2018.
Gramma loved to work … growing an abundant garden, cooking and baking traditional (difficult to pronounce) Danish food. She loved to smile and laugh…enjoying thick black coffee, Danish cheese, fresh tomatoes and liver paste or pickled herring on rye bread. She loved her friends … bingo, tai chi, yoga with ginger tea, and Tim Hortons. She loved being outside…walking, skiing, hiking, snowshoeing (into her late 80s), playing with the dogs and fishing. She loved her family…which to her included so many more than her relatives.
Sadly, Gudrun was predeceased by her husband Niels in November, 1994, and her children: Margit (Andersen) October 2015, Mogens (June 2016) and Lis (Densmore) January 2018. She is survived by her younger sister Sigrid Hansen, ten grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.