On Saturday, September 3, 2022, Gina Jensen passed away at the age of 55.\n\nGina was born February 19, 1967, to Pamela Kip Ripley and Dorwayne Jensen. Gina grew up in California with her older brother, Justin Bolt Jensen who was her best friend, caretaker, and confidant when he wasn’t teasing or torturing her as older brothers do. As a young woman, she enjoyed cheerleading in high school, where she graduated in 1985. She served an LDS Spanish-speaking mission in Ventura California at 21 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from BYU and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Utah in 2003. She was the Program Manager for the Women Veterans at the Salt Lake City VA, where she was instrumental in developing life-saving programs for the women veterans of Utah. She then worked with women at Annie’s House in Draper. She devoted her life to helping people through therapy as an LCSW and started her own practice called Empowered Wellness, where she did what she did best, helping people heal from trauma through different forms of therapy practices, like EMDR. She was able to implement the program by Lori Katz called Warrior Renew to help so many groups of people and most recently, at a very successful program retreat at her center in Draper Utah. She was so proud of creating her practice and center from the ground up and helped so many individuals to begin their way toward healing. Her hard work, determination, gregariousness, and efficient collaboration with talented people allowed her to live her truth even in the end. She raised all three of her children mostly on her own and provided them a loving home, surrounded by family, both adopted and blood. She was a loving mother, supportive friend and colleague, and overall beautiful person who’s favorite place in the world was anywhere on a beach, her toes in the sand.\n\nGina suffered a major heart attack at the age of 49 and was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Leukemia in March 2022. While fighting cancer at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City she fought through being intubated, a coma, and many other speedbumps to recovery, but with the help and support of family, friends, and the amazingly talented team at LDS Hospital, she was able to be diagnosed “cancer free” just a few days before she passed. She made lots of friendships and connections with the staff and doctors and nurses. The beautiful people there helped make those long, isolated stays in the hospital manageable. Her family would like to thank all those that had a hand in her care at LDS Hospital, her partner Jennifer Johnson, and the army of support that carried her through her final months.\n\nShe is survived by her daughters McKenzie and Kylie, her two grandchildren, Boston and Nora, and preceded in death by her son, Justin, and her brother, Justin. Her loved ones are beyond devastated and just want everyone to remember Gina as a beautiful, strong, vibrant, talented woman who was full of life, love, determination, and loved traveling and eating good food. She will be profoundly missed.\n\nA visitation and funeral will be held on Friday, September 9, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home, 1007 W. South Jordan Pkwy, South Jordan, UT 84095. The interment will be at Elysian Gardens, 1075 East 4580 South, Millcreek, UT 84117.