Cynthia Jensen, 88 of Bristol died on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Sun Dial Manor in Bristol.
Her funeral will be at 2:30 P.M. Monday, January 11, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church in Andover, Rev. Lloyd Redhage officiating. Burial will be at Bristol Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home on Sunday 5-7 P.M. and one hour prior to services at the church.
One of six children, Cynthia Mary (Hammond) Jensen was born September 17, 1927 to Edward Walter and Jane (Gascoyne) Hammond. World War II broke out when Cindy was 11 years old. At the age of l4 she left school to work as a nanny. At the age of l6 Cindy moved to London and initially took a job as a nanny. The bombing of London continued and the sirens went off every night. She slept many hours of the night in air raid shelters. Later, during the war, she worked in an aircraft factory during the day and served as a member of the Land Army. The Land Army worked on the farms in England during the evening hours. After the war Cindy worked at the hospital in Ipswich, Suffolk County, England. On April 1948 she married William F. Whiting and they had three sons, William, John and Stephen.
On September l6, 1972, at Ipswich, Suffolk County, England, she married US Air Force Tech Sergeant Wilmar D. Jensen from Bristol, South Dakota. In 1973 Cindy immigrated to the United States as a war bride. Wilmar was re-assigned back to the States in 1973. Cindy became a US citizen with a certificate of naturalization issued on August l5, 1975. A few weeks after becoming a citizen she and Wilmar returned to England as Wilmar was re-assigned to England. In l983 Wilmar retired from the Air Force and they settled in Bristol, South Dakota. Wilmar, her husband of l5 years, passed away September 19, 1987 at the age of 51 from respiratory failure and complications of cancer.
In 1985 Cindy took a position as activity director and later as Director of Social Services for Sun Dial Manor Inc. in Bristol, South Dakota. She earned her NCCAP - National Certification for Council for Activity Professionals, and on March 1, 1993 she earned her ADC – Activity Director Certified. She retired from working at Sun Dial Manor Inc. in the spring of 2008.
Cindy was a member of Zion Lutheran Church at Andover South Dakota. Her interests included entertaining, writing to friends, creating ceramics, knitting, crochet, sewing, painting, macramé, cooking, and collecting figurines, china teacups, and elephants. She enjoyed keeping up on news about England’s Royal Family, and as an older woman learned to play the piano, and use a computer.
Grateful for having shared her life are: three sons, William Whiting and Stephen Whiting who reside in England, and John Whiting who lives in the USA; Two stepsons, Todd Jensen of Sioux Falls, SD, Scott Jensen of Watertown, SD; One step-daughter Lori Jensen of Watertown, SD; one sister-in-Law Myrtis (Wallace) Hanson of Webster, SD; one brother Paul Hammond and younger sister Rosalind West of England, and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, Jim Hammond and Ronald Hammond, and one sister, Iris Whiting.
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