Dr. Gwen Preston-Jensen
Dr. Gwen Preston - Jensen, 59 of Wayne, died at her home in Wayne.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Wayne. Memorial visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be directed to the Wayne State College Drama Department or the Nebraska State Park System.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.
Gwen Ursula Preston-Jensen was born Oct.31, 1959 in Wakefield to Jason Keith and Virginia Mae (Lee) Preston. She graduated from Wayne High School. Gwen later received her B.A. Degree from Wayne State College, M.F.A from the University of South Dakota and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. As a Professor at Wayne State College, she devoted herself to the growth of her students and the Theatre Arts Program. Beyond her professional identity and aspirations, her personal interests were varied in the creative arts and social arenas. She was an avid gardener and nature enthusiast and she thoroughly enjoyed introducing and inspiring others to be as passionate about the outdoors. This included establishing, collaboratively creating and hosting programs for college students to be immersed in nature for a week each year. Additionally, another of her passions was cooking and baking for others to host and entertain friends and family. Her kindness and energy was seen in everything that she did.
She was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her children: Billie D. Davie of Ankeny, Iowa and Chad (Carrie) Jensen of Norfolk; two granddaughters, Ocn Phoenix Brown and Kili Addisyn Davie; her siblings, Dale (Sandy) Preston of Wayne, Lynn (Bill) Kramer of Wayne, Verl Preston and Lin Michalczak of Buffalo, N.Y. and Neal (Anita) Preston of Atlanta, Ga; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister-in-law, Norma Preston and a great nephew, Alex Preston.