Betty Lou Jensen, 82, of Preston, died Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, after a courageous fight with cancer.

Betty Lou Jones was born April 25, 1932, in Rice County, Northfield, to Floyd and Olive (Sargeant) Jones. In 1940, the family moved to Sargeant.

She attended rural school in Northfield and graduated from Austin High School in 1949.

She then was employed at the Production and Marketing Administration Office in Austin.

On May 17, 1954, she married Orville Jensen in Sioux Falls, S.D. They made their home in Brownsdale. In 1960, they moved to rural Preston where they began farming and raised their family.

From 1981 to 1991, she worked at the Pine Tree Apple Orchard in Preston.

She was an active member of the Preston United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She served as a representative on the Salvation Army Board for Fillmore County. She and her husband volunteered through Channel One doing food distribution for many years. She also volunteered at the food shelf in Preston for several years. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends, sewing, dancing and music.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Orville; six children, Pam (Rod) Nelson of Chatfield, Karen Jensen of Rochester, Duane Jensen of Stewartville, Carol Jensen of Winona, Angela Jensen (John Cordes) of Wanamingo and Julie Jensen (Mike Eidenschink) of Randolph; 11 grandchildren, Jeff Junge, Luke Junge (Amanda Tibbals), Jeremy (Shawn) Jensen, April Jensen, Tyler (Mary Beth) Nelson, Lindsey Nelson, Nicolle Jensen, Jesse Meyer, Shane Meyer, Clayton Romanoski and Amber Jensen; nine great-grandchildren, Tatyn, MacKenzie, Matthew, Macy, Andrew, Kennedy, Mattison, Savannah and Charlotte; one sister, Carol (Gary) Lingbeck of Rochester; two brothers, Dick (Irene) Jones of Cohasset, Minn., and Jim (Ivadene) of Loveland, Colo.; sister-in-law, Judy Jones of Grand Meadow; brother-in-law, Roy Schmidt of Grand Meadow and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Bill Jones, and sister, Mary Schmidt.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, June 7, at the United Methodist Church in Preston. Burial followed at Watson Creek Cemetery in rural Preston.

Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or the Salvation Army.