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Ruth L. (Essex) Jensen

January 8, 1943 ~ July 1, 2021 (age 78)


Ruth Lavelle Jensen, of Carmel, received the sweetest welcome into Heaven from her Lord and Savior on July 1, 2021.  Her loving family was by her side.

Ruth was born in Louisville, Kentucky to John and Clara Essex (Hill).  She was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana.   She met her beloved husband of 61 years, Ray Jensen, and they married in 1958.  A year later they had their first child, Ray Jr.  He was followed by Claire, Melody, and Heather.  They moved to Carmel, Indiana in 1972.

Ruth was a faithful woman who loved the Lord and her family.  She was a dedicated wife and mother.  Her family was her life and meant everything to her.    She loved spending time with her family whether it was gardening, taking her children to their lessons, or simply having a conversation. 

All her grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved and enjoyed “Shu Shu”, as they affectionately called her.  Ruth would spend hours playing with them and having fun.

Ruth enjoyed gardening, reading the Bible, listening to Christian radio and old hymns, decorating, cooking for her family, antiquing, going to the Goodwill, and crafting.   

She spoke eloquently about the Lord to her children and taught them of His loving nature, not only from Scripture, but by example.  She had a servant’s heart and dedicated her life to caring for her disabled son for 62 years, always by his side. 

In addition to her parents, Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Ray Jensen Sr., and her grandson, Noah Willman. 

She is survived by her son, Raymond Jensen Jr.; daughters, Claire Jensen, Melody Reiff (Aaron), and Heather Willman (Kyle); grandchildren, Chantel Mills (Jeff), Tiffany Borshoff, Emma Kraft, and Lily Willman; great-grandchildren, Mackenzy Wagner, Nathan Mills, Silas Mills, and Hazel Mills.

Family and friends will gather Friday, July 9, 2021 at 10 am in First Baptist Church Carmel, 1010 E 126th Street, Carmel, where the Funeral Service will begin at 12:00 pm in the church.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to her son, Raymond Jensen Jr, 850 Northwich Avenue, Westfield, IN  46074, to help provide for his needs.  Envelopes will be available at the service.

Bussell Family Funerals is privileged to assist the family in arrangements.

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July 9, 2021

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
First Baptist Church Carmel
1010 E. 126th Street
Carmel, IN 46033

Funeral Service
July 9, 2021

12:00 PM
First Baptist Church Carmel
1010 E. 126th Street
Carmel, IN 46033


Oaklawn Memorial Gardens
9700 Allisonville Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46250

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