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Pioneering real estate agent killed in motorcycle crash

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A motorcycle accident near the reservoir Monday claimed the life of a prominent real estate agent.

Ann Jensen moved from New York to Jackson in 1969 and soon began changing the local landscape for women.

"She was a powerful little woman," said Jackson Association of Realtors Chief Executive Officer Jo Usry.

Jensen was also known as a giant in the Jackson real estate market.

Monday morning word spread throughout the industry of her fatal motorcycle crash.

Usry was a friend and former co-worker of the 44 year real estate agent.

Tuesday she spent much of her day returning emails to concerned realtors who were trying to verify the shocking news.

Jensen's husband Jim was injured in the crash.

The 77 year old is credited with being a pioneer for women in the Jackson market.

The Minden Louisiana native opened a real estate company in 1974 and co-founded the Women's Council of Realtors.

"Only the men sat on the board of directors and making the rules and regulations that they had to follow. Well that didn't sit well with Ann," said Usry.

The real estate association CEO said Jensen's efforts paved the way for women in leadership roles.

"She really single handedly sought out that opportunity for females in our Jackson market and now we have a female president of our association today, and even Ann was president of our Multiple Listing Service in 1989," said Usry.

The Brandon resident worked until her death representing several properties.

She was the marketing agent for Lenox Court, a development of five homes at the intersection of Lenox Drive and Ridgewood Road in Jackson.

Reservoir Patrol Chief Perry Waggener said Jensen was a passenger on a BMW motorcycle driven by her husband when it collided with a Ford Escape near the intersection of Bob Anthony Parkway and Reservoir Park Road.

"The crash involved a vehicle making a turn south of Bob Anthony Parkway as a motorcycle was proceeding east. The vehicle turned across the eastbound lane. No charges have been issued," said Chief Waggener.

The identity of the SUV driver has not been released.

"Our industry today is based in part upon her leadership back 30 years ago," added Usry."

There are more than 1,500 members of the Jackson Association of Realtors.

Officials said the ranks are represented well by women thanks to Ann Jensen.

Jim Jensen has undergone surgery for a broken hip.

Ann Jensen is also survived by three daughters.

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