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89-year-old nursing home resident has first face-to-face with family since pandemic began

Posted at 6:14 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 20:24:10-05

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Seeing each other in person is a moment the Jensen family has been looking forward for nearly a year, and 89-year-old Marilyn Jensen worried it would never happen.

"I just couldn’t hardly believe it was going to happen," said Marilyn.

Two of Marilyn's boys, Terry and Randy, and daughter-in-law Tricia finally got to sit down at a table together.

"It’s emotional. She’s my mom too. It’s hard," said Tricia.

They haven’t all been together since Christmas of 2019.

"It’s really emotional because like I said, we haven’t been in the same room with her. Even though we can't give her a hug , it’s just being able to not have to look through a window," said Randy Jensen.

Marilyn lives at Good Samaritan Society Fort Collins - Fort Collins Village. In June, the family was able to visit with her outside and at a distance. Since then, their only interaction has come with glass between them.

"It was kind of cold this time of year, sitting outside," said Terry Jensen of their interactions with their mother.

The family wasn't able to hug each other and had to sit at a table six feet apart, but there's hope they will be able to embrace soon.

"There’s just so much that people take for granted that you can’t do, and I’m just looking forward to when we can do that again," said Randy about hugging his mother.