Our ever so loved, precious mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Edna Jean Millius Ganino Jensen, left this physical world Feb. 2, 2003 after a courageous struggle with cancer. She departed this world with her loving companion Bill Durham asleep at her side. Though Jean waited until all her children had assembled at her home she did not pass from this world until she knew they were all in slumber and at peace with her passing.
Mom was born Oct. 19, 1931, in Sharon, Conn. to Milliard Millius and Margaret Coons Millius. At a very young age, her parents divorced and she was forced to live in an orphanage in upstate New York while attending Catholic school where nuns helped raise her. She never talked about her experiences growing up, nor ever complained. She married Rosario A. Ganino Aug. 13, 1949 and they had eight children together. Russ passed away April 20, 1968. She then married Darwin O. Jensen Dec. 31, 1969. Darwin passed away March 30, 1980. Mom met Bill B. Durham approximately a year later and they remained close companions until her last moments.
Mom was a very talented quilt maker and enjoyed cooking, baking and canning. A gypsy at heart she loved to travel and would often take off on the spur of a moment to visit her children, friends or family members in another state. She loved camping, gardening, rock hunting, yard sales, auctions and gambling. But most of all she loved her children, grandchildren and her animals.
Mom loved her family and was a dedicated and protective mother until her moment of death. She gave of herself tirelessly throughout her life and often sacrificed her own needs for those in her family. She showered her love and cheer everywhere she traveled and taught us all to be happy and live each day with hope, cheer and courage. She met death with the same dignity and courage that she faced life.
Mother looked forward to reuniting with those family members who proceeded her in death: her infant son, Bruno Ganino, who passed away shortly after his birth; the father of her seven children, Rosario A. Ganino; her second husband and dear friend, Darwin O. Jensen; her beloved brother and sister, Clarence (Buddy) Melvin and Alice (Dickie) Millius.
Those who have survived to celebrate her life are her devoted and loving companion, Bill Durham; seven children, Bruno A. Ganino (Kathy) of Huntington; Rusty A. (Minnie)Ganino of Green River, Wyo.; Tony C. Ganino of Price; Missy (Joe) Ganino of Moab; Joey M. (Blondie) Ganino of Price; Danny E. (Eileen) Ganino of Divide Co.; and Susan (Brent) Tuttle of Orangeville; as well as 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and dear friend of over 50 years, Clair Morris of Stamford, Conn.
As Jean's children, we would like to offer her heartfelt appreciation to Bill Durham for his dedicated love and care of our Mom. We would also like to thank Melissa from Hospice and Dr. Gagon for their help and support in our time of need.
Mom requested she be cremated and that there be no funeral, so to abide by her wishes the family has chosen to dedicate Tues., Feb. 4, as a day to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Rocky Mountain Hospice of Price. Under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.
We will miss you Mom, but know you are now with God. On wings of life her spirit soars!