Mary Lou “Ta” (Pickens) Jensen

November 27, 1947 ~ December 1, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old

Mary Jensen Obituary

Preston – It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mary L. “Ta” (Pickens) Jensen, 76, on December 1, 2023, surrounded by her family.


Mary Lou was born in New London on November 27, 1947 to the late Russell and Una (Nelson) Pickens.


After graduating from Waterford High School in 1965, she began her career at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, CT, starting in the supply department and moving up to the Comptroller Department, retiring in October 2003 after 38 years.


Mary Lou was united in marriage to Jens H. Jensen on May 20, 1972.  She was preceded in death by her husband (June 2001), her son Gary Lee (Feb 1998), daughter Lori Lynn (Oct 1994), her parents, Russell (July 1993), Una (Feb 2011), and her brother Russ (Dec 2013).


She is survived by her sister Carol (Pickens) Beckwith, brother-in-law, Marty Beckwith of Griswold, two nephews Robert Truken of Sterling, CT and Douglas Truken of Norwich, brother-in-law Ken Quam, nephews Kurt, Kris and Scott Quam of Iowa.


She was a member of the Preston City Congregational Church where she served on many committees including Shepherding, Building, Supper, Flower, Coffee Hour, Nominating Committee, asst financial secretary, Deacon, treasurer and ran the bingo at Strawberry Park in Preston for several years.  She was a Preston Housing Commissioner for elderly housing since 1999, past president of Preston City Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and an active member of the Fire Department.  She held the positions of secretary, treasurer, Ways & Means Committee and Statistician.  She became a life member of the fire department in March, 2004.


She served as a member of the Ella T. Grasso Southeastern CT Regional Vocational Technical School Parent-Faculty Organization, where she held the position of secretary.  She was a member and Chairperson of Cub Scout Pack 36 in Waterford


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Preston City Congregational Church or to the Preston City Volunteer Fire Department.


Her family will receive relatives and friends from 9:00-11:00AM on December 13, 2023 at the Preston City Congregational Church Route 164 Preston, CT. With a Funeral Service immediately following at 11:00AM.  Interment will follow to the Preston City Cemetery, Preston CT.  The Gagne Piechowski Funeral Home 490 Voluntown Road Jewett City, CT. For online condolences please go to


Mary Lou’s family would like to express their gratitude to the Colonial Rehab Facility, for their devotion to her for the past 11 months and Hospice for their excellent support.


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December 13, 2023

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Preston City Congregational Church
321 Rt 164
Preston, CT 06365

Funeral Service
December 13, 2023

11:00 AM
Preston City Congregational Church
321 Rt 164
Preston, CT 06365


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