Darlene Tucker Jensen passed away at 85 years old. She died on December 31, 2021, in St. George, Utah. She is survived by two brothers, Fayette and Lynn (his wife Joie), children, Sherrie, Deanna, David (wife LeeAnn), Robert, and Patty (husband Larry), 16 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, her spouse Keith Jensen, her son “Bill” William Alfred Jensen, siblings Clyde, Verle Maxine, Neldon, half brother and sister Hugh Tucker and Rose Tucker Lewis, sister-in-laws Lois, Betty, and Delma as well as some nieces and nephews.
Darlene’s incredible life journey was crowned by her role as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, and friend. She was born on November 23, 1936, in Salt Lake City, Utah to William Tucker and Effie Arvella Hansen Tucker. She was the third of seven children. Her siblings are Clyde, Verle Maxine, (Hazel Elaine and Christian, who died in childhood), Fayette, Neldon, and Lynn with a half brother and sister Hugh Tucker and Rose Tucker Lewis. She married Keith Alfred Jensen on November 10, 1955, in the Salt Lake City Temple. They were blessed with six children. Keith died on June 27, 1970. His death came as a big shock to her and their children ages 3-13 at the time. Darlene valiantly rose to every challenge she faced. At the time of Keith’s passing, she didn’t have a driver’s license. She quickly got one and became very independent. She traveled the country with her children, driving everywhere. One trip was to Michigan to visit her sister Maxine. While she was there Maxine introduced her to Marvin Rusmisel, a single dad. Darlene later married Marv and moved her family to Hemlock, Michigan. They were married from 1973-1980 then divorced. Marv had five children, Mark (deceased), Ken, Peggy, Martin, and Dennis. 12 people in one house was a big adjustment for everyone. It provided country living with a big acre garden and outdoor space. The family helped her bottle, freeze, and preserve the things we grew. She continued to travel every summer, packing the kids in the car and taking them across the country sightseeing and visiting friends and relatives along the way. Oh, how she loved to travel! She planted the travel bug in her children and continued to travel with them after they were grown. She worked as a secretary, bookkeeper, most of her adult life beginning at Stringham Lumber, and concluded her career at Utility Trailer in Salt Lake City. She enjoyed taking pictures of everything she did and created countless photo albums, journals, and detailed life histories. She also wrote poetry and worked on family history. The birthday club monthly luncheons kept her close to friends and she looked forward to time with them. It was very important to her to stay in touch with friends and family. She made it a priority in her life and wrote many letters, made phone calls, and dropped in to visit people. This brought her great joy and treasured lifelong friendships. She enjoyed reading and even up to the end when her mind didn’t work to remember other things and struggled to communicate, she continued reading and would spend hours on the phone reading to her daughters. It created precious memories. Throughout Darlene’s life, she maintained an incredible testimony of her Savior, Jesus Christ. She lived, served, and emulated his example and tried to share her love for the gospel with others. As a family, we feel that she is having the happiest New Year as she reunites with loved ones who preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 8th at Memorial Redwood Mortuary & Cemetery 6500 South Redwood Road, West Jordan Utah, 84123. the viewing is at noon, funeral at 2 p.m. with the graveside immediately following. A zoom link of the services will be available.
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Life Story Info
It will be a time for grieving in our family this new year. My sweet mother in law passed away this New Year’s Eve. She went to high school with my mom until a new school was built and my moms neighborhood was realigned with the new school. She lived in the neighborhood where I lived until I was about 4 when we moved to a different area of town. She was friends with everyone. She and I worked together when I came home from college early due to health problems and would tell me stories about my folks when they all lived close. She also told my husband if he didn’t ask me out she would ask me for him. She had to work so hard raising 6 kids after her husband passed away when they were still very young. And it has been my pleasure knowing, loving, and being part of her life. She gave me the opportunity for a family I never thought I would have. (I didn’t have any siblings). Thanks mom it was my pleasure to help take care of you. I will always be grateful for your sweet hugs and love. Til we meet again May you have an amazing reunion with your high school sweetheart, your middle son, and your sweet mom. Love you!
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