Mary Lou Jensen passed away peacefully and was reunited with her parents, Raymond and Beatrice Chaidez, on Feb. 4, 2014, at age 70. Mary Lou was born on Dec. 7, 1943, in Paso Robles, Calif., and was the oldest of seven children. Baptized as Concepcion or “Connie,” her dynamic personality could light up a room; her caring nature would comfort others; and her generous spirit drew people from all walks of life into hers.
She graduated from Paso Robles High School, where she met and later married David Afana. Moving to Napa Valley in 1964, they started a family, developed friendships, and started a business. In time, she relocated to Provo, Utah, where she made a new life, and was later remarried to Gert Jensen.
Mary Lou’s favorite hobbies included writing music and singing, drawing, painting and gardening. She was enamored by early movies, movie stars and movie trivia. Most precious to her was the time that she shared loving and laughing with her husband, Gert, her six children and 17 grandchildren.
Mary Lou is survived by her husband, Gert Jensen; her children, David (Debbie) Afana of Fremont, Calif., Michael (Deidere) Afana of Vacaville, Calif., Nicole (Shiloh) Sorensen of Mapleton, Utah, Deborah A. Afana of Napa, Gabriel Afana of Napa, and Cristina (Ki) Grawe of Willis, Texas; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; as well as her siblings, Raymond A Chaidez of Yelm, Wash., Nancy (John) Valenzuela of Napa, Jerry (Janice) Chaidez of Napa, Gilbert A. Chaidez of Napa, Aurora (Sal) Romero of Napa, and Diana (Armando) Bustamante of Napa.
Mary Lou will be laid to rest at 10 a.m. on Feb. 15, 2014, at the Tulocay Cemetery and Funeral Home. Words of sympathy may be shared with the family online at TulocayCemetery.org.