By Terry Madsen, Guest Writer
FAIRVIEW—A Fairview woman known for quietly looking for ways to help her neighbors or for any town projects she can dive into was recently designated as one of the town’s “Shining Stars.”
The Shining Star Award has been dormant for a few years, but Mayor Cliff Wheeler and the city council decided it needed to be reestablished to recognize Kristy Jensen. The award was presented to her at a city council meeting in October.
“I am very humbled and appreciative,” she told the council.
Jensen has lived in Fairview for 69 years. She was the first woman elected to both the North Sanpete School Board and the Fairview City Council.
She helped found the Central Utah Food Sharing for the Six County Area and worked at the Sanpete County Food Bank (now the Sanpete Pantry) for 20 years.
Another first for Jensen was becoming the first ambulance driver serving Fairview, as well as being an EMT.
She was a den mother for 15 Cub Scouts, served as Sunday School secretary and later served as a service missionary in Manti.
Add to this growing list her service as a school bus driver, a Sub for Santa volunteer and a secretary-treasurer for Fairview Senior Citizens.
She has also volunteered at the Fairview Museum and Mt. Pleasant Library. And she has volunteered with the Sanpete County Bookmobile for 15 years and is still going strong.
Though not as glamorous, she was also secretary of the Brady Ditch Irrigation Company.
At the close of the Shining Star ceremony, Jensen said, “It has been my pleasure to be able to serve in all the capacities that I have. I have been very blessed in my life to be able to help where I could in any capacity. My service has been rewarding to me, and I’m happy that I have been able to be of service to others.”