Shirley Rae Allen Jensen Hatch April 10, 1932, daughter of John Leonard Allen and Amy Leone Judd was born in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada.
The gospel was the center of her life" Her motto was “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart” and she lived her life emulating this scripture. She had strong faith and trusted in the Lord in all she did. She never wavered in her love for the Lord nor for her family. She was loved by all who met her.
Music was an important part of Shirley’s life. From a young age, she was actively involved with the music federation in Canada and ultimately won 1st place in the Alberta Piano Competition. She was church organist in every ward she attended, which spanned over 70 years. As an accomplished accompanist, she played for soloists and choirs throughout the country. She also loved to teach piano which she did for decades. She was very involved with many professional musical organizations and traveled throughout the United States and China adjudicating piano competitions.
Whether writing inspiration letters to missionaries and friends, calling people for their birthdays, making quilts for loved ones or lending a helping hand to strangers and friends; serving was an important part of Shirley’s life.
She made friends where ever she went and with whomever she met. She would genuinely ask questions about a newly made friend preferring not to speak of herself.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Mark Jensen (1928-1970) to whom 7 children were born:
Mark Allen Jensen (Nancy), David Allen Jensen (Jodi), Shirlene Dymock (Paul), Kathleen van de Graaff (Peter), Deanne Ohman (Kyle), Douglas Brian Jensen (Amber) and Steven Allen Jensen (Trish).
She married Dereal Kent Hatch (1925-2017) and treated his 8 children as her own. She also leaves many beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as her two brothers Richard John Allen (Carol) and Robert Grant Allen (Daryl).
Shirley was proud
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding" Proverbs 3:5 of her heritage and skillfully assembled and wrote seven “Glorious Heritage” booklets highlighting stories and thoughts from our family, past and present.
She leaves behind a legacy of love and service and though at the tender age of 16 lost her mother when she needed her the most, and at the age of 38 , lost her husband when she him needed the most, she persevered, trusting in the Lord that he would be with her. She never complained.
Her faith was an example to all. She was a perfect example of Christ like love.
Shirley loved the temple and attended weekly until just a few weeks before her death.
Her love of life, love of music, love of God and love of family will be greatly missed.
Her funeral will be held on January 3, 2020 at the Windsor 7th ward, 1405 North Main Street, Orem, Utah at 11:00 am.
Life Story Info
Religion and Beliefs
May 20, 1948
Passing of Shirley's mother, Amy Leone Judd
Moved to Washington DC
Aug 26, 1952
Married to Homer Mark Jensen. by President David O McKay
Jul 25, 1953
Birth of Mark
Jun 6, 1955
Birth of David
Moved back to Utah and Homer began his law practice with his father Perris
Apr 11, 1957
Birth of Shirlene
May 8, 1958
Traveled to Europe with Homer
Traveled to Guatemala, Cuba & Panama on Business
Feb 23, 1959
Birth of Kathleen
Traveled to Europe with Wendell & Maurine Jensen
Feb 1, 1961
Birth of Deanne
Moved to the home located on 23rd East in Salt Lake next to Wendell & Maurine Jensen
Feb 20, 1963
Birth of Doug
Jan 24, 1964
Took a week's trip to Hawaii with Wendell & Maurine Jensen
Jul 13, 1967
Trip to Europe with Wendell & Maurine Jensen
Jul 17, 1968
Birth of Steve
Took a trip to Europe with Homer, Mark, David, Shirlene & Kath
Jun 15, 1970
Homer's died of a brain tumor
Oct 11, 1971
Trip to Portugal, Spain & Moracco with Perris and Gwen Jensen
Took a trip to Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta with Perris, Gwen and Aunt Grace
Attended University of Utah
Mar 29, 1975
Married Dereal Kent Hatch
Moved to the home located at 1709 North Bluebird Road in Orem Utah
Moved to home located at 448 East 1730 North in Orem Utah
Moved to 833 Verde in Fallbrook California
Oct 7, 1986
Passing of Shirley's father, John Leonard Allen
Moved back to Utah
Moved to Wildomar California
Moved to 3392 Maple Lane in Wildomar California
Moved to 1674 Cactus Wren Drive in Lake Havasu Arizona. Also lived at 3697 Yucca Drive in Lake Havasu
Moved to Provo Utah
Oct 27, 2017
Passing of Dereal Kent Hatch