Patricia ‘PJ’ Darlene Jensen, 81, of Burlington Washington, unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2022.
Pat was born to John “Jack” and Cecil Perkins on October 1, 1940, in Yuba City, California. She met her husband of 64 years, Delbert W. Jensen, while she was waitressing at Vi and Pete’s Café which was owned by her parents in Anacortes, WA. They were married at First Baptist Church in Anacortes on September 14, 1957. While in Anacortes, their oldest son was born. They then moved to Oak Harbor in 1959. While residing in Oak Harbor, they welcomed 3 more children. During the years in Oak Harbor, Pat was active in women’s softball.
In 1972, she attended Skagit Valley College in Oak Harbor, graduating in 1973 with an LPN nursing certificate, she worked at Island Hospital in Anacortes. In 1975, the family moved to Burlington, where Pat continued to work at Island Hospital and attended Everett Community College graduating with a nursing degree in 1976. As an RN, she worked at United General Hospital in Sedro Woolley, Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, and Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington. She finished her career at Harman Eye Clinic in Arlington, retiring in October 2010 at the age of 70.
Pat and her husband, Del were avid sports fans of their sons and grandchildren and loved to travel (by car) to many places, Lake Tahoe being their favorite.
Pat was admired and loved by many people, she gave care and advice to anyone who asked. Her love of others poured out from her. She loved the Lord with all her heart and always pointed people to Christ. She will be deeply missed by all her family and friends.
Pat is preceded in death by her parents, John “Jack” & Cecil (Hudson) Perkins; daughter, Suzanne Dawn Jensen; sisters, Zora Dell Perkins, Charlotte Smith, and Jackie Archibald.
She is survived by her husband, Delbert W., in Alzheimer’s care in Sedro-Woolley; her sons, Jeff (Debbie) of LaConner, Tom (Wendy) of Mount Vernon, Delbert Lloyd of Lacey; her grandchildren, Amy Jensen Egbert of San Antonio, Bobby (Brooke) of San Antonio, Zac (Madison) of Burlington, Scott (Jennifer) of Sedro-Woolley, Steven (Emily) of Conway, and Seth & Skyler both of Mount Vernon; 12 great grandchildren, Hayden, Houston, and Hudson Egbert of San Antonio, Memphis & Maverick Jensen of San Antonio, Aldo Ray, Mazy, and Shoshauna Jensen of Burlington, Kim, Abbigail, and Tennley Jensen of Sedro-Woolley, and Reagan Jensen of Conway; her brother, Russell (Catherine) Perkins of Bear Creek, NC; her sisters, Barbara Osborne of Prescott Valley, AZ, Laura Mecham of Jordan, Dawn (Bruce) Santeford of Arlington, and Robin (John) Martin of Snohomish; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be Friday, April 1 from 12pm – 7pm at Lemley Chapel in Sedro-Woolley.
Her Funeral Service will be at 1:00, Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Inspire Church of Central Valley, 1551 E. Rio Vista, Burlington. Share your memories of Pat and sign the online guest register.