Carole Maude Henderscheid Jensenwas born on Nov. 29, 1922, but not alone. She was one of triplets! This was a unique and rare specialty at a time before anyone received help with fertility issues. While Carole was named after her mother, her two brothers, who were identical, were named Warren and Samuel, respectively. Warren was named after then President Warren G. Harding and Sam named after their father. The boys grew up to be successful farmers.
Carole was educated in North Dakota and graduated from Center High School. She then went on to Dickinson State Teachers College and after earning her teaching degree she taught one year in Sentinel Butte, North Dakota.
In 1941 she married Lewis Eckenrode and they moved to Oregon where two of her sisters lived. Lewis worked in the shipyards and Carole stayed home to raise their two oldest boys, Dennis an Scotty. After living in Oregon for 8 years, they left to go back to North Dakota because everyone was getting laid off from jobs due to the end of the war. They decided to visit friends on their way home. Those friends lived in Galveston and they fell in love with the island and never left. They built a home and had two more children, Lewis Jr. and Pamela Ruth. Unfortunately, when Lewis, Jr. and Pam were still young children, Lewis and Carole mutually went their separate ways. After their divorce, Carole went to work in Galveston at Moody Compress and eventually remarried Augie Jensen. She retired from Moody Compress after 25 years of service.
After retirement, Carole and Augie moved to Johnson City, Texas and resided in the Hill Country. They later moved into Austin proper to live with daughter Pam until the time of her passing. Carole was proceeded in death by her Mother and Father; her triplet brothers, Warren and Sam; six sisters; her youngest sibling Bud; the children’s father, Lewis Eckenrode; and her husband of 22 years, Augie Jensen
Carole is survived by four children; three sons, Dennis (Grace) Eckenrode of South Houston, Scott (Cecilia) Eckenrode of Santa Fe, TX; Lewis Jr. (Cheryl) of Johnson City, TX; and only one daughter, Pamela Ruth Thompson of Austin; one sister-in-law, Alice (Bud) Henderscheid. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren: Veronica (Larry) Smith, Sue (Kevin) Eckenrode, Dennis (Lisa) Eckenrode, Monica Rojas, Jon (Ginger) Eckenrode, Tami Tyler, Traci (Brian) Bailey, Nicole (Russell) Perez, Chris Payne, Heath Eckenrode, Dawn Payne, Mary Lou Thompson, and Robert Thompson; 22 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren and many numerous nieces and nephews.
Carole loved to sew and made many small quilts which were donated to the Linus Connection and were distributed to underprivileged children. She was also a talented painter, lifetime bowler and avid sports fan, staying true to the Astros. She was a spunky lady and her family will definitely miss her quick wit and conversations (and comments) about anything and everything! Mom, Granny Jensen, and later GIGI (Great Granny), you will always be in our hearts and on our minds.
A private memorial service will be held 2PM Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 309 West Sealy, Alvin, Texas.
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