Mary Elisabeth Jepsen
August 14, 1939 - February 13, 2018
Mary Elisabeth (Mitchell) Jepsen, 78, of Salem, Oregon, passed away following a brave battle with cancer on February 13, 2018. Mary was born in Yankton, South Dakota on August 14, 1939 to James and Elisabeth (Jensen) Mitchell. Her family moved out West where she met Frank Jepsen, the love of her life. They married on September 28, 1963, and spent almost 55 years together showing their daughters, Michele Jepsen and Kirsten (Jepsen) Anderson, what real love is.
Mary, who graduated from South Salem as part of the first graduating class, began working at just 17 years of age and never looked back. She was an office worker all her life, primarily bookkeeping and office management in the insurance industry. She worked for Mutual of Omaha for over 20 years and then for Vicki Brister, who also became a friend, for another 20. Outside of work, she loved to spend time with her family and friends. She was particularly close to her only sibling, her sister, Marjorie (Mitchell) Foster and her daughter, Teresa (Foster) Johnson and they were often seen shopping together on Tuesdays and at the casino on Thursdays. Frank and Mary had weekly dinner plans with Randy and Shirlee Hooper, their closest friends. In her other time, she liked to knit, crochet, color and paint. Her work of a panda bear was featured in the Mutual of Omaha magazine. She passed along her love of artistic endeavors to her daughters and shared it with her niece and nephew, Jessica and James Jepsen, both of San Diego.
She is survived by her husband, daughters, Kirsten’s husband Matthew Anderson, as well as Marjorie, two nephews and three nieces, including Teresa, and Teresa’s husband Pat as well as their two sons and seven grandchildren, of whom Mary enjoyed seeing pictures and hearing about their exploits. Services will be held on Monday, February 19th at 1:30 p.m. in the North Chapel at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service followed by an interment at Belcrest Memorial Park, where she will join her parents and other family.