Jennifer suffered a traumatic brain injury from a fall and passed with her siblings and niece surrounding her. The skies turned grey, and it rained as if weeping, followed that evening by a beautiful sunset as I imagined her spirit free.

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Jennifer was born July 8, 1959 the fifth child of seven children to Janice L. and David S. Jorgensen. She is preceded in death by her parents, Janice and Dave Jorgensen, her brother and sister-in-law, Jerold David and Cathy Lyn Jorgensen, and her husband Mark Renkel. Jennifer is survived by her first husband Michael C. Ford and their son Jeremy C. Ford, her siblings, Karen Raemer, Julie (Gary) Willden, Jeffery L. Jorgensen, Kirstie Jorgensen, and Jon “Ziggy” (Amber) Jorgensen and her nieces and nephews whom she loved so much, Hillary, Vanessa, Keegan, Charlie, Jason, Alyssa and Alex, her little monsters.

Jennifer was a free spirit, a prankster, a joker, a loving mother, fun sister, and a nurturing soul. She loved smiling and making others smile, giggling, and shared many adventures. She felt lonely without loved ones near or talking with daily.

She had three true loves, her greatest love for her son Jeremy, her first husband Michael and her last, Mark. She loved her family, her friends, and every child and every animal. She loved all of us in our worst, in our brokenness, never wavering, her love will be with us always.

Her greatest joy was her son, and her next was making someone smile and sharing a story. Your story will carry on Jenifer, in the love you gave to the lives you touched.

Many called her broken when life had broken her. She accepted everyone. One who never judged, who loved hearing laughter, compassionate, giving smiles and loved knowing people and their stories and I've got you right here❤ sharing her own. Not one to speak unkind words or intentionally causing pain, only wanting to bring joy, even when she herself was in pain and shunned herself. She was not broken; she was a beautiful being.

The most beautiful gift one could give Jennifer, Julie, you have given her, to allow another to see through her rose-colored lenses, to allow her to bring joy one last time, to someone who will be allowed to see the beauty she saw in the world, in all of us. Jennifer’s eyes are donated to give the gift of sight to another would make her so happy.

This is how I remember Jennifer. My sister ❤

A celebration of Jennifer’s life will be held Saturday, May 22nd at 11:00 a.m. at Our Saviour’s Luther Church located at 3900 South 2500 East Salt Lake City, Utah 84124 oslcslc.org

Cremation provided by Independent Funeral Services

Services

Memorial Service

Saturday, May. 22, 2021 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
3900 South 2500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84124

Family

  • Survived By
  • Jeremy C. Ford, Son
  • Michael C. Ford, ex husband
  • Karen Raemer, Sister
  • Julie (Gary) Willden, Sister
  • Jeffrey L Jorgensen, Brother
  • Kirstie Jorgensen, Sister
  • Jon Ziggy (Amber) Jorgensen, Brother
  • Hillary (Anthony) Burrows,
  • Vanessa Ramer,
  • Charlie Willner,
  • Jason, Alyssa and Alex Jorgensen,
  • Keegan (Averi) Jorgensen,
  • Preceded in Death By
  • Janice L Jorgensen, Mother
  • David S Jorgensen, Father
  • Jerrold David Jorgensen, Brother
  • Cathy Lyn Jorgensen, Sister-in-Law
  • Mark Renkel, Husband

Life Story Info

Author

Kirstie

Post Date

May 15, 2021

Personal Info

Born

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Died

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Cause of Death

Accident

Age

61

Gender

Female

Religion and Beliefs

Lutheran

Education

  • High School
    Skyline High School, Salt Lake City, Utah
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Guestbook

May sweet Jenny Rest In Peace. She was my friend since grade school. She was a wonderful person. I must admit I was in shock when I read she had passed. It’s funny cause we talked at times and I was thinking about calling her and I read about her. I will miss you very much Jenny.

To all the family my sincere condolences. May God give you great comfort in your time of need.🙏

Theodora Kavoukas Ali , Temple, TX, US May 21, 2021

Thank you so much for sharing this memory of her❤🙏❤

Kirstie Jorgensen May 23, 2021

Jennifer is a very beautiful petson

Jana Quilter May 21, 2021

Thank you❤

Kirstie Jorgensen May 23, 2021

I am so sorry to hear this news as is our son.

I am not real good with such things as this. I tend to always be at a lost for words.

Living with Jennifer was never dull, it was always a new adventure, one after another.

She always had a place for all others in her life, no matter her current situation.

It was some run we had from High school to tiny apartments in the not best areas of town, to the east coast, west coast and the desert.

We will all putter along without that one light in the forest.

My thoughts are with you all at this time.

Michael C Ford , Walnut Creek, CA, US May 20, 2021

Thank you so much for loving her, sharing your lives with us. Truly one less light in the forest. I'm thankful for you guys and your support through this❤🙏❤

Kirstie Jorgensen May 23, 2021

Such a beautiful eulogy for your beautiful sister. Jennifer was a childhood friend who played amongst our village of giggly girls from the neighborhood in Millcreek. All the way from kindergarten through junior high are the years I remember her most. There were 12 of us who did everything together, from sleep-overs, to Brownies, to birthday parties, to church ball, and beyond. I will always remember Jennifer as someone who was gentle and easily and quietly fit right in. The last time I saw her was at a "reunion" dinner party at The Spaghetti Factory - years ago. She was a gentle soul. Love and prayers to all her loved ones, God bless.

Cori Parkinson , Murray, UT, US May 18, 2021

Thank you Coni for this memory and your love❤

Kirstie Jorgensen May 23, 2021

It was a blessing to have know Jenny.

Linda , SLC, UT, US May 17, 2021

We hit it off the second we met at Garden Grove Apts. It was night time and we were all at the pool and her and I snuck into Doug Berry’s apartment and did something sneaky and giggled the whole time!! I knew she was going to be one of my best friends for life. My heart will be with her forever. Miss you Jennifer. ❤️🙏❤️

Kristi McDougall , Chandler , AZ, US May 17, 2021

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  • 2020
  • May 15, 2021

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  • May 21, 2021

    I will always be grateful I knew Jennifer. Her obituary was a perfect description of her. So sad you left so soon.