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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. 


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Lorraine Alt and Al Alt

A wonderful person, Always pleasant to be around and talk with.

My heart is hurt from the news of Mary's passing, she was a breath of fresh air to me on Facebook! I loved her art, painting of animals from her back yard, she was so talented and witty! She made me smile quite often with her humor that never ended! I will miss her! April and I pray for all the family and friends as I know there are many grieving today! I will always remember you Cousin!

MARY was the best person anyone could ever have as a friend.  Always positive and also a great bunco  player. Loved Frank and family with all her heart.  I loved taking cruises together.  Your battle  has ended RIP.    

Aunt Mary,
I love you and will miss you very much. I’m comforted to know that we will meet again someday. So, until then ... rest peacefully knowing that you are much loved. Your niece,

All my condolences.

Thoughts and prayers for Mary and her family.

Kellie Koletzky
Granddaughter of Elsie (Mitchell) Novotny

Hugs to all. Mary enriched the lives of those who knew her. Her cheerful personally and love of all things "Micky" will be missed by all.

So sorry that Mary has left for a much better place.  I will miss being able to see her when I came to Salem.  She was a wonderful lady.  Sending hugs to you all in your sorrow and all my love.  Your cousin Shirley.

Mary was always the person you were drawn to in a crowd. She was kind, caring, always interested in what was going on in your life and had a great sense of humor. I was in awe of her many talents. We were so blessed to have known her. May she rest in peace.

Mary it was such a pleasure to join you & your family on past Holidays, the conversations,laughter,food,games & fun will be forever itched in my heart. You will be missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. She will be greatly missed but you will always have your wonderful memories. 

  • Our prayers go out to you and your family. In our to few visits to you and your family, you were always a wonderful hostess. May you RIP.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.  We will miss Mary at our family reunions. May God be with you and bless you. Donna

Mary and I, along with our husbands, played pinochle and bunco with friends for the last 10 years or so.  She was always a delight to be around and became friends with all!  We cruised the Panama Canal in the early years of our retirement and had a wonderful time.  I will miss her terribly!

I have a problem realizing she has passed.  I thought she was.doing good.  So sorry.  She will be missed!  She had a lot of talent!  I wish we could have come. My thoughts and prayers are for all of you. This is a bad month for us!  Our love to all!
                 Beryl & Corrine Reagan