Dec. 8, 1941 – Oct. 26, 2018
Thursday, November 1, 2018
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Marilyne Carol Matovich Jensen was born on Dec. 8, 1941, in Oregon City, Ore., to Martin J. and Edith (Jensen) Matovich. She was the first of three children. After her father’s brief employment in Oregon, the family moved back to Montana, spending a few years in Columbus while taking part in a family business endeavor. Later, the family moved to a ranch south of Malta where the children were raised.  She graduated from Malta High School in 1959.

Marilyne married Bert “Bud” LaBrie and from that union a daughter was born. She later became Marilyne Monroe, marrying Monte Monroe and having two children together, a son and a daughter.  Her final marriage was to Jack Jensen, lasting 47 years until his passing in 2016. Together, they had three sons.

In her earlier years, Marilyne worked for the ASCS offices in Malta and in Glasgow, Mont.  During the 1970s, she and Jack and the children helped her father operate the Sleeping Buffalo Resort outside of Saco, Mont., for several years.  She also provided home health care and worked at OB’s Cafe in Saco. Working with the public throughout her life in this small community, Marilyne became known for her quick wit and straight-forward attitude. During her final years, Marilyne returned to Columbus, Mont., where she resided at Meadowlark Assisted Living.

Marilyne was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Edith; brother William; husband Jack; step-son Jack Jr.; grandson Jeremy Monroe and granddaughter Vanessa Hoock.

Marilyne is survived by her sister Karen (Ray); children Jennifer (Scott), Burl (Rita), Robin (Gary), Michele, Monte (Dana), Jess (Darlee), Marty (Anita) and Bart (Kay); grandchildren Ashley, Ryan, Tyler, Cole, Keegan, Logan, Derek, Sierra, Jack, Tel and Ireland; and great-grandchildren Parker, Hunter, Jack, Rosalie, Jett, Harlee, Cash and Huk.

The family wishes to express deep gratitude to the staff at Meadowlark Assisted Living for their dedication, compassion and care for Marilyne.

Memorial services will be held at the Saco Lutheran Church in Saco, Mont., on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at 1 p.m.  A luncheon will be held immediately following the service at the same location.  The family will be doing a private interment at a later time.