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Margot Strand
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August 2, 1947 – September 4, 2019

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MARGOT STRAND JENSEN: One-who-danced-with-dolls
8/2/1947 – 9/4/2019

Born August 2, 1947, Margot Strand Jensen finally climbed onto a cloud on September 4, 2019. She leaves behind to love and remember her: husband, Robert Jensen; son, Gunnar Jensen (Kim); daughter, Erika Jensen (Alex Lowrie); grandchildren, Elyse & Galen Lowrie; Kate & Dylan Jensen; sister, Judith Strand; and many dear friends, relatives and familiar smiling faces. She was predeceased by her parents, Ray & Marguerite Strand and her brother, Thomas.

Margot devoted her life to her family, her many visions, her art, and to her love of all forms of creativity. She cared about those less fortunate and was proud of her rehabilitation efforts as Artist Facilitator working for five years with female inmates in a CA state prison. She also restored and donated dolls to needy and disabled children in Stockton.

Graduating from UC Davis in 1969, Margot exhibited her art throughout the U.S. in art galleries, museums, books and publications. Thrilled to show her work in places such as the Smithsonian and the Denver Art Museum, one of her greatest accomplishments was being invited to create an ornament for an indoor White House Christmas tree. A national lecturer, Margot also published many articles about art. One of her favorite endeavors was being the curator of a number of special art exhibitions in Colorado. In addition to being a visual artist, Margot enjoyed becoming a dancer/choreographer by forming the Hoofin’ High Country Cloggers in Denver and teaching/performing throughout the state. She was very grateful to have fulfilled her childhood dreams of becoming a respected artist, mother, wife, dancer, choreographer, writer and teacher. But beyond even her wildest imagination was her utter delight in becoming “Yaya” to her four grandchildren and sharing joyful, wacky times together. Every summer was topped off with a week of wet fun, laughter and sandy love with her family in Aptos at their annual beach reunion.

Margot had passion, drive and a deep love for those things important to her. She was proud to be the keeper of multi-generational documents & photos from her family’s 8 ancestral lines. Margot always found genealogy to be fascinating and important, and she was invigorated by the research she did. She enlisted her “Fighting Irish” spirit for strength at many crossroads in her life and especially in the later years when dealing with medical conditions. She fought to the end finally succumbing to Inherited Cardiomyopathy.

Margot and her shadow will be cremated and the ashes scattered in her favorite places: her beloved property in the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA and the Pacific Ocean.

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