Esther Wicks Jensen,97, of Astoria, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005 in Astoria.

Mrs. Jensen was born April 9, 1908 in Astoria to John and Maria Cederberg Wicks.

She was raised in Astoria, graduating from Astoria High School in 1926 and from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in music education.

She married John Frederick Jensen Jan. 31, 1937 in Astoria. He preceded her in death in 1973.

Mrs. Jensen lived in Astoria from 1908 to 1930 and 1942 to 1945, and then moved back to Astoria in 2001 after living in Albany for many years.

Family members said she was a devoted daughter and sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, music teacher and friend. They said she was known for her generosity, kindness and love of life.

She loved music and taught music in Seaside, Hillsboro, Bend, Cottage Grove, Albany and Corvallis. She was an accomplished violinist, receiving a Julliard Music Scholarship for her senior year at the University of Oregon.

Mrs. Jensen was a member of the Lutheran Church in Astoria, Astoria Friday Music Club, the Order of the Eastern Star in Albany, Oregon Education Association, Oregon Music Educators, Modern Travelers, Thursday Club, P.E.O. Sisterhood and the Clatsop County Historical Society. She also volunteered at the Albany General Hospital.

Mrs. Jensen is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, John F. and Merilyn Jensen of Astoria, Charles L. and Marlene Jensen of Boise, Idaho, and Eric A. Jensen and Brenda Breidinger of Boise; one sister and brother-in-law, Ebba Wicks and Ernest Brown of Astoria; six grandsons and wives, Eric and Sue Jensen of Keizer, Jeffrey and Melinda Jensen of Beaverton, Mark and Kelly Engel of North Carolina, Douglas Jensen, Ryan Murphy and Evan Murphy, all of Boise; two granddaughters, Lynn Engel of Seattle and Lisa Engel and Byron Mattingly of Lancaster, Mass; 16 great-grandchildren, three nephews and two nieces.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Ethel Wicks, in 1990.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Clatsop County Historical Society or to Clatsop Care Center in care of Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., Astoria, OR 97103.

Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary is in charge of funeral arrangements.