BETTY "MIMI" JENKINS

Our beloved “Mimi” passed away peacefully at Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community surrounded by her family on Saturday July 28, 2018.

She was the wife of T. Paul Jenkins with whom she shared 61 years of marriage prior to his passing in 2009.

Betty was born on April 2, 1923, daughter of the late Louis N. and Dora K. Beck. She was predeceased by her husband Paul and sister Margaret Heiney of Oxford, PA. Betty was born in Carbondale, PA where she lived until graduating from Benjamin Franklin High School in 1940. She was very proud of never being absent from school. She had perfect attendance for all 12 years!

Her family then moved to Wilmington and soon after that Betty began her career as a lab technician at the Hercules Company in the R&D department. She served as one of the Captains on the War Bond Team along with five other women to assist in the war effort. Betty continued working there until she met the love of her life, Paul, in 1946.

Paul was introduced to Betty on a blind date set up by a her sister at the home of a mutual friend. The date consisted of a game of five card poker and of course Betty took all of Paul's money! Paul always said, “it was the best hand he was ever dealt.”

In 1954, she and Paul moved to McDaniel Heights and they joined Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Fairfax. She served on many committees and volunteered for numerous events while always enjoying the fellowship. While Betty was a member of Aldersgate for 64 years she regularly attended St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Oxford, PA over the last 10 years.

Mimi, as she liked to be called, always looked forward to family vacations at Rehoboth Beach and later Dewey Beach or camping with family friends. Christmas was always a special time at her house. It was her favorite time of the year. In particular, Mimi enjoyed baking cookies, pies, peanut butter fudge, brownies, and cakes and making Christmas dinner. She also made her famous “Mimi’s tea time tassies.”

Mimi was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was always proud of her family. She also loved to entertain her friends particularly her bridge club pals.

In addition to being a homemaker, she was also an expert seamstress. She loved her crossword puzzles and was an avid reader particularly Danielle Steele novels. She was very good at any card game and also enjoyed playing Mahjong.

Mimi was fond of any animal; particularly the ones her sons brought home. However, Soccer, the family dog, was her absolute favorite.

Mimi was always glad to meet people. Her warm smile, sense of humor, and the twinkle in her eye made anyone feel right at home.

Mimi is survived by her two sons: David L. (Rowena) of Oxford PA and Thomas P. (Wanda) of Newark DE and nephew Timothy Hogan and companion Debbie. Six grand children: Joshua P. Jenkins (Alyson), Jennifer M. Painter (Kyle), David Bradley Jenkins (Kristi), Thomas P. Jenkins III, Mark A. Jenkins, and Anna E. Jenkins. Seven great grandchildren: Gavin, Lucy, Wes, Carson, Emery, Sophie, and Luke.

Interment will be private at Gracelawn Memorial Park. Friends are invited to a Celebration of Life at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 4, at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church,116 Lancaster Ave., Oxford PA 19363. A lunch will immediately follow at Wyncote Golf Club 50 Wyncote Drive, Oxford PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to: St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 116 Lancaster Ave., Oxford, PA 19363 or Willow Tree Hospice, 616 E. Cypress St., Kennett Square, PA.

The family sincerely thanks the entire staff of Ruston Residence at Jenner’s Pond, as well as, the nurses and care givers from Willow Tree Hospice and especially Sally Ravert, RN, her care manager. All of these people showed compassion, patience, friendship and a true love for Mimi over these last four years.