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Mary Jenkins

October 5, 1921 — December 22, 2014


Mary Louise Jenkins, age 93, of Kahoka, formerly of Keokuk and Wyaconda, passed away Monday, December 22, 2014 at Keokuk Area Hospital in Keokuk, IA.

Mary Louise was born October 5, 1921 at Bevier, MO, a daughter of Fred and Nellie Pax Adams.

On August 17, 1940 she was united in marriage to C. Parvin Jenkins in Gorin, MO.

Survivors include her children: Patricia "Kay" Werling of Laurel, MD, Sharon "Sherry" Ruark and husband, Mike of Hamilton, IL, Charlene Cosgrove of Solon, IA and Charles "Chuck" Jenkins and his wife, Joni, of Keokuk, IA; a sister, Christine Johnson and her husband, Robert, of Houston, TX; seven grandchildren: Todd (Colleen) Werling of Elkridge, MD, Ian Ruark of Carbondale, IL, Mark Ruark of Minneapolis, MN, Sarah (Mrs.Thelonious) Jones of Cedar Rapids, IA, Katie (Mrs. Luke) Sampers of Galesburg, IL, Brittne Jenkins and fiancé, Rigo Gasnarez of Fort Wayne, IN, and Charles (Andrea) Jenkins of Norfolk, VA; eight grandchildren: Lexie and Hunter Werling, Charlotte and Elisa Jones, Tucker and Callie Sampers, Rodrigo Xavier Gasnarez, IV, and, Olivia Jenkins; as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two son-in-laws, Bob Werling and Michael Cosgrove; a granddaughter, Stacey Haseltine; two brothers, Fred Adams, Jr. and Chester Adams; and a sister, Dorothy Kirchner.

Mary Louise attended grade school and graduated from Bevier High School. She attended college in Kirksville before her marriage. She and her husband lived and raised their children in Keokuk. After her children were grown, Mary Louise went back to college at Keokuk Community College and then graduated from Kirksville. She taught school in Alexandria and Running Fox, retiring from Black Hawk Elementary, all in Clark County. Following her husband's retirement from teaching in Keokuk, they moved to the family farm in Wyaconda.

Mary Louise was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Keokuk, and Chapter IG, P.E.O. She was a member of the Missouri Retired Teacher's and of Delta Kappa Gamma.

Mary Louise enjoyed traveling, and her "traveling buddy" Dorothy Bertram. She enjoyed watching movies. Reading was what she loved and enjoyed most.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A visitation for family and friends was held Saturday, December 27, 2014 from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka.

Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the H.E. Sever Memorial Library.

A Celebration of Life will be held this following summer at the family farm near Wyaconda with inurnment in the Liberty Cemetery, Williamstown, MO.

Arrangements are being handled by Wilson Funeral Home.

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