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Emelie Eliasson Jensvold

Emelie Eliasson Jensvold, 93, whose gift was taking care of people, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Billings.

She was born Sept. 11, 1920, in Roundup, the daughter of Bonsak “Ben” Eliasson of Norway and Gerda “Gertie” Solomonson Eliasson of Sweden. She was raised with five brothers on a homestead in the Sunlit Basin, north of Roundup. She attended Sunlit Basin School and graduated from Roundup High School.

On Jan. 20, 1940, she married Alvin Jensvold in Roundup. When he joined the Navy during World War II, she made a home for them in Houston, Texas; Berkeley, Calif.; Bremerton, Wash.; and Portland, Ore., working in department stores and the shipyards.

After the war, they bought a farm in Riverside, just outside Roundup. In 1951 they moved to Washington state, settling in Richland. Mrs. Jensvold was a Scout den mother, Girl Scout leader and Sunday school teacher at Richland Lutheran Church.

She cared for her mother and mother-in-law at the end of their lives, and she provided day care for the children of working mothers and maintained relationships with some of them into their adult years.

After Mr. Jensvold retired in 1969, they moved back to Roundup, where they renewed their connection with Zion Lutheran Church. She was active in the auxiliaries of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, where she was treasurer.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Shaw, of Ithaca, N.Y.; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Zion Lutheran Church in Roundup. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Gifts in her memory may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Musselshell Valley Community Foundation, or St. John’s Lutheran Ministries cottages.

 

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