Babs Elinor Jessen

Dec 22, 2017
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West View Cemetery


Babs Elinor Jessen, 91, of Independence and formerly of La Porte City, died at Lexington Estate of Buchanan County Health Center on Friday, December 22, 2017 of natural causes.
Babs was born on December 31, 1925 in Copenhagen, Denmark, the daughter of Lauritz and Signe (Bunde) Andersen.
Babs graduated from Fuglevangsvej School in Copenhagen in 1941. She then attended apothecary trade school and apprenticeship for 3 years. She worked in that field for 9 months and then moved to Stockholm, Sweden where she was a nanny for a year and a half.
In 1948, Babs went to California and lived with an aunt and uncle for two years. She returned to Denmark by ship and met her future husband, Borge, aboard the ship.
Babs came back to the United States in 1950 and worked various jobs in Waterloo and La Porte City. Babs and Borge were married on October 16, 1953. He preceded her in death.
Survived by a nephew, Rolland Andersen and two nieces, Lene Bjorn and Hanne Hansen all of Denmark.
Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Borge Jessen; two sons, Casper and Claus Jessen; and a brother, Jorgen Andersen.

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  1. Joe Hadachek | Jan 20, 2018

    I had the opportunity to meet Babs at a luncheon in La Porte City while speaking as a guest.   I found her to be an energetic and extremely sharp lady.   The more we talked, the more I was intrigued about her life story.   The difficulties she went through not only during the war but also the loss of her sons.     

    We scheduled a time where she came to the high school and visited the Performance Room as she told me about her days running.    She also made a contribution to our performance room to help with equipment.

    Although our relationship was pure fate I was blessed to know her and her heart.   Amazing lady.   God bless Babs!

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