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Gilman honors late friend at Humane Society

Barbra Gilman’s passion for animals and the community does not go unseen. Gilman had been friends with the late Marilyn Jensen for the past 18 years. Together, they worked to create a place for animals to get support and a second chance. When both of them were board members of the Door County Humane Society, they pushed for a new building to be built. Gilman says “We did everything we could to raise money for the shelter and that brought us even closer.”


Gilman says she had the idea for Jensen’s Memorial for a while, adding that she wanted a quiet space for Jensen to have. Gilman created a scene for her friend and made sure to spread some of her ashes in the pavement, so that a piece of her would always be with what she loved. When asked, “What inspires you to keep Marilyn’s legacy alive?” Gilman responded with, “She was my friend.” Gilman talks more about her and Jensen’s work with the Door County Humane Society.

Last weekend was the unveiling of Marilyn Jensen’s Memorial Space. During the ribbon cutting, community members donated over $100,000 to help the Door County Humane Society Campus.

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