Janith Jenson Elbert
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December 11, 1939 – August 28, 2019
Janith is survived by her husband Doug Elbert, brother Randy Jenson and wife Gladys, two sons, Paul Anderton and David Anderton and wife Debbie Anderton, daughter Sharon Trimble and grandsons, Clinton Trimble, Carter Anderton, Case Anderton and Cooper Anderton.
Visitation will be at OakCrest Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5 to 7 pm. Services to be held at Our Saviors Lutheran at Norse at 11:00 am on Wednesday.
Janith Jenson was born in Cranfills Gap, Texas to parents Raymond Jenson and Jennie Mae Pederson-Jenson both having full Norwegian ancestry. Her early years were spent in the Bosque County Norse community. After moving to Waco she attended South Junior and graduated from Waco High in 1957.
She attended Baylor University and later earned her Masters degree from Stephen F. Austin University. School was a natural for her and she began a teaching career at Burbank High School in San Antonio. From there she began to seek other ways to make a difference as director of Children Services, Walter Branch Library, Director of Social Services, Shelter for Battered Woman and Director of Community Services Women’s center of Dallas. The connection throughout this part of her career was to give back and hopefully make a difference in someone else’s life.
Janith spent 15 years in Nacogdoches as a Chaplin for Nacogdoches Medical Center and became thoroughly involved in the community serving on the Boys and Girls club board and many other heart felt community organizations. During her time at the Medical Center she was able to secure the funds and build a Chapel for those to pray and worship in a private holy environment. She spent time writing for the Baptist Standard and speaking during this part of her life.
The thread of her life has always been the love for Jesus and sharing with others the amazing grace and love God has for each of us. To know her is to understand that she loves unconditionally with a giving heart and absolute trust in God’s path for each of us.
The second love of her life is family and she so enjoyed her time with her relatives and especially her Grandpa at the farm in Clifton. She spent 10 years of her life caring for her mom (Jennie Jenson) at home with her, sacrificing to make sure she was loved and comfortable. Janith had three children Paul Anderton, David Anderton and Sharon Trimble who all reside in Waco. They are a very close family having been shaped, encouraged, loved and raised by such a spiritual person in Janith. Doug Elbert, her husband of 40 years, has been her entire foundation and encourager and love of her life. Grandkids love their Grandma but never as much as a Grandma’s love for grandkids. If we had a penny for every prayer and conversation to God from Janith about her grandkids, we would all be rich.
The third thing Janith loved was nature and being out in God’s amazing creation. She wrote a book about her Time on the Farm and being with her Grandpa, learning about faith through nature and the lessons we learn by opening our eyes and listening with our hearts. Janith was an amazing person and one of a kind. The impact she had on others is probably not measurable. God used her as an angel her on earth and now she is an angel in Heaven.
Pallbearers are Cooper Anderton, Case Anderton, Clint Trimble, Carter Anderton, Joseph Cox, and Tim Pederson.
A special thanks to the all the staff on the 4th floor of Hillcrest Hospital, she had wonderful care and very peaceful transition to Heaven.