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Nancy B. Jensen

February 12, 1947 — March 29, 2024

It is with the utmost and deepest sorrow that I announce that my dear wife, Nancy, passed away on March 29, 2024. She suffered on and off through a prolonged illness that began decades ago while on a cruise that terminated with urgent surgery which controlled the issue for 16 good years. Unfortunately, the trouble returned and digressed until all hope of a recovery vanished to be an issue of quality-of-life. A cure was not possible. She passed with pain-free medical care and displayed a dignity we could all hope to muster when our time comes. God bless her. She is dearly missed.

Nancy was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM beginning on February 12, 1947, to parents Harry Long Bigbee and Sarah Elizabeth (Betty) Roe. After a childhood filled with world travels and difficult scholastic achievement, she graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. degree. Following her marriage to Yale law student Charles Calvin, she worked in the Yale Bursar's Office, writing collection letters for student loans. She described it as a dreadful job. We can only imagine.

Nancy's daughter, Anne Marie Calvin, was born on January 17, 1972. Six months later, the Calvin family moved to Denver, CO. where Nancy began her 20-year law career in 1976 by earning her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver College of Law. Following her 1976 separation from Charles Calvin, Nancy was hired as an associate at the law firm of Meiklejohn, Kehl, and Lyons specializing in transportation law, an administration practice before the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

 In 1980, Nancy opened her own law office, still specializing in transportation law until Congress pre-empted regulation of intrastate trucking, not to mention the impact the decision had on cash flow. Nancy took advantage of the situation, declaring the action as a message from God to play more golf. So, she did, by retiring from her law practice in 1996. In addition, she declared herself to be a "recovering" attorney and later went one step further by promoting herself to the lofty title of "recovered" attorney.

These were not merely idle years. The decades leading up to the present were busier than she ever was while working with the law practice. She served on the Highlands Ranch Metropolitan District Board for 16 years, supervising building and maintenance of infrastructure and other fascinating aspects of municipal government. She played a lot of golf and served on the Colorado Women's Golf Association's Rules Committee. She sang with the Highlands Ranch Community Chorus, then with the Mission Hills choir until the pastor “fired” the choir for not being "culturally relevant." And finally, she began attending Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church and its 90-member choir. Despite her growing health issues, she remained active in several social groups including book clubs and cutthroat Dominos with Girls Night Out.

Somewhere in that flurry of years, she met and, in 1983 married Jon Chris Jensen whom she affectionately referred to as “Hubby v2.0”. We shared 40-plus wonderful years of marriage before God took her away. Nancy is survived locally by her husband Chris Jensen, her sister Elizabeth Keeshan, her daughter Anne Calvin, and Anne's husband Richard Ference and their son Charles Victor Ference born May 2007.
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