Mrs. Jenkins was born Jan. 15, 1928, to Murdock Samuel and Mary Giddens Whigham in Dodge County. While working at Camp Wheeler’s PX in Macon, she met her future husband, Joseph Samuel Jenkins, of Pembine, Wis. They were wed on Nov. 13, 1943, before Mr. Jenkins’ deployment to Europe for World War II. At the end of the war, Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins lived briefly in Rock Falls, Ill., but then moved back to Macon, where they spent the remainder of their lives.
Mrs. Jenkins worked a short time at Sears and the telephone company, but her full-time occupation was that of homemaker. She was an exceptionally gifted seamstress, carefully fitting patterns to elderly friends and family who could not find dresses otherwise. Mrs. Jenkins also took a quiet pride in her association with Weight Watchers, working as a clerk for them in the 1980s and 1990s.
Mrs. Jenkins enjoyed reading, growing flowers, being outdoors, and always having a feline friend near. For all of her life she faithfully attended Pleasant Hill Primitive Baptist Church of Eastman, until her health failed in recent years.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Joseph Samuel Jenkins; son, Timothy Joseph Jenkins; sister, Inez Whigham Wilson; and brothers, Richard S. Evans, A. Carl Evans, Timothy J. Evans and G. Gary Evans.
Mrs. Jenkins is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Joel and Kathy Jenkins of Gray; daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Joe Copeland of Vidalia; daughter-in-law, Connie P. Jenkins of Macon; grandchildren, Jacob Copeland, Daniel Copeland, Tiffany (John) Lewis, Richard Palancio and Heather (Dustin) Coleman; brothers, A. Earl Evans of Alachua, Fla., Thomas H. Evans of Biloxi, Miss., and Joseph E. Evans of Macon; and numerous nephews, nieces, and extended family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090.
Bridges Funeral Home and Crematory in Gray had charge of arrangements. Please visit the online memorial at www.bridgesfh.com.