August 12, 1932 ~ November 24, 2004
Helen M. Jensen (Crimmins) of San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Summerville, South Carolina and Brick, New Jersey, died Wednesday, November 24th, 2004 at Northeast Methodist Hospital in Live Oak, Texas at the age of 72.
Born on August 12th, 1932 in New York City, New York, Helen was a petite, no-nonsense woman with a steel exterior that held a heart of gold. She had great love and respect for God and Country, serving with honor as a Civil Servant at both Lakehurst Naval Air Station and Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.
In 1990, Helen moved to the Charleston, South Carolina area to be with her son David, who became her dedicated and loving caregiver for 14 years. Charleston was the perfect place for her to live because of her fascination with Civil War history. An intelligent and self educated woman, Helen realized her goal of becoming a college graduate in 1992 when she graduated with honors from the Mansfield Business College (Charleston Campus) of Columbia, South Carolina. Because of her failing health, she and David moved to San Antonio in August, 2004 to be close to her son Bob and his family.
A talented seamstress and embroiderer, Helen made clothes for her children and grandchildren, with matching outfits for their favorite dolls. She was also a voracious reader with a fondness for western stories, and was delighted to visit the Alamo in San Antonio just a few weeks before her death.
Helen approached every obstacle in her life with a tough-as-nails attitude and an unwavering faith in her Lord, Jesus Christ. These were her sword and shield as she battled lung cancer for many years, a disease she viewed with more annoyance than fear. Nicknamed 'Little Napoleon' many years ago by a family friend, Helen laid down her sword and shield, and went peaceably home to be with her Savior while holding the hands of her sons, Bob and David.
Helen is survived by her five children, Peter Jensen of Brick, New Jersey; Linda Pasqua of Suffolk, Virginia; Reverend (Dr.) Robert (Bob) Jensen and his wife Karen of San Antonio, Texas. David Jensen of San Antonio, Texas; and Donna Triolo and her husband Anthony of Brick, New Jersey. She is also survived by six grandchildren; Michael, Bobby, Katie, Melanie, Sean and Olivia, whom she called 'her babies.'
Helen's son Bob, officiated her 'Homegoing Celebration' on Friday, November 26th, 2004 at Meadowlawn Memorial Park and Crematory in San Antonio, Texas.
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