Mary Anne (Frey) Jensen
Mary Anne passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 4, 2022.
She lived her life to the fullest, traveling the world and making friends everywhere she went.
Born in Humphrey, Nebraska on February 25, 1928 she moved to Butte, Montana when she was 9. She married the love of her life, David M. Jensen when she was 21. Two kids soon followed. In their adventures she worked right beside her husband, helping to build 6 of the homes they lived in. She was a den mother in Butte and continued to support Boy Scouts throughout her life. She was known for cooking enough food to feed the neighborhood, and her children’s friends were always welcome to join the meal.
She was very artistic as well. She made pottery, spent time at the Archie Bray Foundation in the late 1960’s-early 70’s, and had some of her work displayed at the Smithsonian in 1970. She continued to be a supporter of the Bray after her time there. Mary Anne was an avid sewer and also made beautiful stained glass. She had a passion for genealogy and spent years researching both sides of the family.
Mary Anne and Dave purchased what became known as “The Ranch” in 1973. It took several years of hard work before they moved out there, turning a dusty old sheep ranch into a beautiful flourishing home. It wasn’t unusual to find her out on the riding lawn mower, having what she referred to as “me time” mowing the acres of lawn. Some of her favorite memories from her childhood was having Sunday dinners at her Grandfather’s farm in Nebraska. She carried on the tradition with her own family, making a big Sunday dinner every week, creating memories her children and grandchildren will keep with them forever. Every December she would make Poviticia with her grandkids helping as soon as they were tall enough to reach the table.
A passion for traveling got her involved in the Friendship Force International, taking her to places like Japan, Russia, China, and all over Europe. She always brought back treasures from where ever she visited, sharing the cultures she experienced with her grandchildren. Not only did she enjoy traveling, she would invite the people she met to come stay at the Ranch and give them an opportunity to see and learn about Montana. In 1983 she was awarded the Governor’s Citation, named as an ambassador of the State of Montana.
Mary Anne had a very giving heart, always helping people in need. She was part of the Friendship force and the Salvation Army Board, working to make sure every child could have gifts under the tree on Christmas. She sponsored Boy Scouts every year, putting together kits with all the supplies the boys would need for camp.
She made the world a better place by being in it, and will be greatly missed.
Mary Anne was preceded in death by: her parents, Florence and Pauline Frey; Her husband, David M. Jensen; her brother, Dale Frey; and her sister Elizabeth Wagner.
Mary Anne is survived by: her children, David (Chris) Jensen and , Kathy (Tom) Budewitz; Brother-in-law, Carman (Louise) Jensen; her grandchildren, Erica Kelman, Emily Budewitz, Tyler (Katie) Budewitz, and Kyle Jensen; her great-grandchildren, Tyler Slipek, Ryder Kelman, Harlynn Kelman, Orin Blazer-Budewitz, Jensen Budewitz-Moore, and Scarlett Blazer-Budewitz, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on June 24th at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. A reception will follow the Mass in the fellowship hall of the church. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Mary Anne.