PRINCETON — Mary E. Jensen May, 95, of Princeton, died peacefully at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, surrounded by family members.
Born Mary Eileen Devine on March 6, 1918, near Deer Grove, she was one of eight children of William and Catherine Devine. She attended St. Mary grade school in Sterling then the "Advanced" Country School. She was a speaker at her eighth grade graduation. She attended Bishop Muldoon High School in Rockford for two years, staying with her maternal grandmother. After her grandmother's passing, she returned to complete her high school education at what is now Sterling Newman Catholic High School, graduating in 1936. She was awarded a scholarship to St. Mary's of the Woods College. She taught in the St. Mary's grade school in Sterling for three years.
She married William P. Jensen on Nov. 22, 1939, in Tampico in a ceremony performed by her uncle, Monsignor John McGuire. Mary and Bill moved to Princeton in 1941. Together they would have 10 sons, William, Robert, John, James, Gary, Gregory, Lawrence, Kevin, Thomas and Steven. Mr. Jensen died on Sept. 6, 1961. She then married Harry W. May on Dec. 30, 1973. He died on Sept. 11, 1989.
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