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Phyllis Jensen, 83

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Phyllis Marilyn (Swanson) Jensen, 83, passed peacefully on January 5, 2014 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

Phyllis was born March 24, 1930 in Pontiac, Michigan to Elmer and Ida (Peterson) Swanson. The family moved to Washington, D.C. In 1932, her father, a police officer, was shot and killed in the line of duty. Her mother then moved her family of four to Minneapolis and later to Alexandria. In 1940, her mother remarried and they moved to a farm north of Nelson.

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Phyllis completed 8th grade in Nelson School District #40 and continued her education in Alexandria at Central High School where she graduated in 1948.

Phyllis worked at various jobs in Alexandria until she gained full-time employment at Alexandria Telephone Company, where she worked for 27 years; first as an operator and later as a warehouse person.

Phyllis married Jerry Jensen on October 9, 1954 at Fahlun Lutheran Church in rural Nelson. They were blessed with three daughters. They lived on Lake Geneva and then moved to their home of 54 years east of Alexandria.

She enjoyed quilting, flower gardens and crossword puzzles. Phyllis was active in her church, Our Saviours Lutheran Church of Nelson, serving in various capacities.

She is survived by her husband; daughters, Lynn (Pete Janssen) of Holdingford, Sue (Robert Valenta) of Montpelier, ND, and Ann (Jay Luloff) of Sauk Centre; six grandchildren, Abram, Amanda and Isaac Valenta, Josh, Emily and Kaitlyn Luloff; brother, Bob (Marilyn) Swanson of Wadena; sister, Diann (Allen) Bakke, Alexandria; and many nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Delores Johnson and Judith Wilkin; brother, Eugene Swanson; stepsisters, Jean Wilson, Arlene Swisher and Ethelyn Jermstad; stepbrother, Richard Carlson; nephews, Mark Swanson, Steven Swanson and Jeff Wilkin.

Funeral services will be held January 11 at 10 a.m. at Our Saviours Lutheran Church in Nelson with the Rev. Jeremy Pedersen officiating.

Visitation will be at Anderson Funeral Home on Friday, January 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.

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