Shelby K. Jenson, 25, fiancé of Cole Heimer, Bowman, ND, passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at West River Health Services Hospital in Hettinger, ND.
Funeral Services for Shelby will be on Saturday, December 23, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bowman Assembly of God Church in Bowman. Pastor Ed Kvaale will officiate with burial to follow in the Tuttle Cemetery. Shelby was born on July 29, 1992 in Fargo, ND to Kimberly (Fletcher) and Steve Jenson. She graduated from Fargo North High School in 2011. She then went on to graduate college with her LPN degree in December 2014.
In early March 2012, Shelby met and fell in love with her best friend and soul mate, Cole Heimer. That summer she visited Cole in Rhame and fell in love with the peaceful life of the land Cole calls “home”. That first visit convinced Shelby to move out west.
John, Nancy, Cole and Clay became Shelby’s second family. From late night card games and board games, (sometimes with Cole’s grandma), to wrestling with Clay, learning to cook with Nancy, to the playful competition of cheering on each favorite NFL/NBA team with John, Cole, and Clay she found the feeling of true love and comfort of family.
From branding, hoofing goats, holding pigs, sorting lambs, riding horse, hunting, fishing, ranching…she did it all. Her most peaceful moments were spent hiking through the countryside along with Cole and his family or just sitting on the hills at the ranch soaking in the beauty of the wide-open spaces. She came out to this area a “city girl” and found she was a “country girl” at heart. Although this became her home, Shelby cherished the times she and Cole would return to Fargo to visit her mom, grandparents, brother, sister and nieces.
On December 23, 2014, Shelby began her courageous battle with AUL. She was a trooper and bravely fought to gain her health back. She showed all those around her the strength to face life’s unknown battles head on. During this fight she found her guardian angel in Ashley Huyser, a nurse at Mayo. Ashley became a source of strength and comfort to Shelby and Cole when the fight seemed too difficult to bear. With determination, Shelby continued to fight all the while keeping her positive and inspiring attitude towards life. Her faith in Jesus grew and she gave her heart to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Shelby’s relationship with Cole continued to strengthen. Cole proposed and they became happily engaged summer 2017.
*Special Note: To all the friends who were truly there for us and have loved us over the last 5 years (you know in your hearts who you are) we thank you and love every one of you. To all family, Ryan and Natalie Glines and family, and Glines Electric we thank you for all of your love, support and compassion over the last 5 years. We could not have made this journey without you.
Shelby is survived by her fiancé, Cole Heimer; parents Kimberly Jenson and Steve Jenson; grandparents Bernard and Nancy Fletcher; siblings Samantha (Jon) Peterson and Steven Jenson; nieces Sophia and Abigail Peterson; aunt Kelly (Dave) Quittschreiber; cousins Kris Brisco, Kari (Donny) Kackman, Kaylee and Amber Quittschreiber; Cole’s family: John and Nancy Njos Heimer, Clay Heimer; and her beloved pets Lilly and Gus.
Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.