Evelyn M. Jensen Mahlin

February 7, 1924 - September 23, 2022

Evelyn M. Jensen Mahlin, age 98, passed away on September 23, 2022 in Lincoln, NE. She was born to James and Margaret (Arent) Herrington on February 7, 1924 in Gordon, Nebraska.

She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1968 and then worked proudly as an elementary teacher and then principal in the Fairbury Public School System, Fairbury, NE from 1968 until 1993. Ten years later she built a new home at 511 I Street in Fairbury, where she enjoyed working in her garden, quilting, volunteering in the community, visiting with her friends and relatives and activities at the United Methodist Church. Evelyn spent the last four years residing at Bickford Assisted Living in Lincoln.

Evelyn married Harley R. Jensen on August 11, 1949 and remained married to him until his death in 1965. Evelyn and Harley had three sons, Wayne (Judy) of Lincoln, Don (Maureen) of Axtell, NE and Walt (Mary) of Lincoln. She married Kenneth E. Mahlin on July 26, 1974 and remained married to him until his death in 1994.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Margaret Herrington, four brothers and three sisters. She is survived by one sister, Margaret Ann Zimmerman, of Harrison, NE, plus her three sons, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place in accordance with Evelyn’s wishes. A memorial service will be held at Roper and Sons South Lincoln Chapel (3950 Hohensee Dr. Lincoln, NE 68516) on Friday, October 21st, at 2:00PM.

Private interment will be held at the Central City cemetery.

Memorials to Fairbury United Methodist Church or to Heifer International.



Memorial Service


Roper & Sons South Chapel

3950 Hohensee Drive (40th & Yankee Hill)
Lincoln, NE 68516

(402) 261-5907

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October 18, 2022

Mrs. Mahlin was my 4th grade teacher at Park School in Fairbury. Fond memories. Great teacher. Forever remembered. Krystal Haake Schroeder

– Krystal Schroeder
October 18, 2022

Aunt Evelyn we will miss your beautiful smile and equally beautiful demeanor. The fun times we had playing hide and seek in the Nursery at Fairbury with your boys and the countless hours of crawling around the military vehicles in the park (before they sealed them all up) will always be a highlight of our childhood. The cousins reunions were always something that Mom and Dad looked forward to as they got to enjoy time with you in the motels at night and share the many stories you had of the family that you remembered with such detail. Mother always loved visiting your beautiful flower gardens and after her passing Dad and I never missed an opportunity to spend as much time as we could visiting you in the beautiful retirement home that you built. We will always be appreciative of your hospitality as you allowed us to store things in your garage as we enjoyed playing at the Nebraska Junk Jaunts. Our side trips to the antique shops in Fairbury, Beatrice and Iowa when we loaded up the mower in your car and headed out to take care of George and Lorene’s graves were always filled with stories and lots of laughter. The joy and pride you always expressed for your sons and grandkids accomplishments was truly a sign of how much you loved each and every one of them. Over the past years we have built quite a clientele of customers from Nebraska in our store and we have had occasion to meet some of your old students and teachers from your many years of serving as a teacher and administrator. All of them have always spoken of you with much fondness and we hope that your legacy will keep our memories of you fresh for many years to come. We love you and will miss all the beautiful stories and knowledge that you had of our family and cherish the memories that we shared together. Rest in Peace and give everyone a big hug from us. Love, The Herrington Boys

– Bobby Herrington
September 28, 2022

Evelyn and I taught for the Fairbury Public Schools many years. We shared lunches, took walks, worked at Church, and spent many hours driving the country roads around Jefferson County. Her even temper and caring heart were part of her spirit and manners. I will miss her and know how much love she had for her family and how much love they had for her. I pray that you family members will remember her love and laughter. Bless you all.

– Darlene Pierce

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