Barbara Ann Jensen January 6, 1933 – March 11, 2009
Barbara Ann Jensen was born on January 6, 1933 in Santa Monica, CA to Roy Kenneth Coates and Grace Irene Bittencurt. Barbara grew up all around the San Fernando Valley. Her father was a machinist and inventor. Her mother worked at the Hollywood Bowl Gift Shop. Her fondest memories of her childhood was having wiener roast’s on the Santa Monica Beach with her parents and sister, before Pearl Harbor. She fondly remembers bringing baking grease to the local gas station, which would then be used to make bullets for the war. Barbara was always proud of her country and very patriotic. She had a wonderful childhood. High school was Barbara’s favorite time in her life. She loved being a teenager and having few worries in her life. Barbara was a very active and athletic girl. She would go to the Girls Athletic Association and to drill team. Her favorite sports were softball and field hockey. One of her favorite places to hang out as a teen was the Pig-N-Whistle a restaurant in Hollywood, and hanging out on Hollywood Blvd, or going to the movie theatre. She worked at Brock’s Chocolates located on 3rd and Fairfax Street. At eighteen she married Douglas Jensen at the North Hollywood Church. Douglas was her first boyfriend. Barbara and Douglas knew each other throughout their childhood. They had five children Karen (husband Gary Konrad.), Christine Gagnon, Michael (wife Laura), Rhonda (husband James Robles.), and Glenn. She has sixteen grandchildren, Travis (wife Cristina), Adam Gagnon, John, Joshua, Jason, Jessica (husband Antonio Estrada), Joseph Konrad, Jordan (wife Cristina), Tyler, Andrew, Emily Jensen, Kassidy Barnes, Isaac, Selena, Alexis, Vincent Robles, and 5 great-grandchildren, Edmond, Corbin Gagnon, Landon, Brooklyn Jensen, Isabel Estrada. Her favorite places to visit are Alaska, Lake MacDonald, Kings Canyon and Little Sandy. She loved to bowl, and was a well known bowler. Bowling all over Ventura County in many leagues and tournaments. Barbara moved to Grants Pass, Oregon in 1993 to be with her daughter Chris and 2 grandsons She owned and operated the Aloha Juice Bar. She worked in the home health care industry for over 20 years, prior to retiring in October 2006. She returned to California in 2007, where she settled into her Santa Paula Apartment. Her favorite words of wisdom are “caveat emptor,“ Latin for let the buyer beware. Overall, Barbara lived her life to the fullest. We love her and we will miss her. A celebration of her life will be held at the Robles home 812 Teague Dr., on Sunday April 12 at 12:00 pm.