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Gloria Marie Jenkins

June 29, 1923 January 25, 2017
Gloria Marie Jenkins
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Obituary for Gloria Marie Jenkins

Worthington, MN

Gloria Marie Jenkins, age 93, was born on June 29, 1923, on a farm north of Brewster in Alba Township, Jackson County, MN. She was the daughter of Henry Carl and Lorena Marie (Wey) Bauchle. Gloria attended District 86 country school through the 6th grade. Her parents moved to New Richland, MN, where she went to 7th grade. They then moved to Brewster, MN, where she attended 8th - 12th grade, graduating valedictorian of her class in 1940.
On January 31, 1941, Gloria married Kenneth Jenkins. She was a full time homemaker, who loved gardening and flowers. Gloria was an accomplished seamstress, making most of the family’s clothing and her and Ken’s “square dance” costumes. She also did many crafts. After Ken retired, they enjoyed camping and spending winters in Arizona, where she took several craft classes and even taught some, including zipper art, jewelry making, beading, and plastic canvas work. She made Christmas tree ornaments for her grandchildren and great grandchildren for years until her eyesight started to fail. Gloria was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington since 1951. She was a blood donor for many years. Gloria assisted her husband in square dance teaching and round dance instructions. They enjoyed square dancing with the Turkey Trotter’s Club for 40 years and the National Square Dance Campers Club for 22 years. Gloria was a member, secretary, and past president of the Bigelow Legion Auxiliary, and member of the Worthington VFW and Bigelow Project Club. She also enjoyed card playing. Gloria died on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at The Lodge On Natchez in Elko, MN.
Gloria is survived by one daughter, Jerry Brewer of Craig, CO; two sons, James (Sandy) Jenkins of Farmington, MN, and Jeffrey Jenkins of Brewster, MN; 14 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren, and 28 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenny; daughter, Janice Mischke; her parents; brother, Howard Bauchle, and sister, Irene Purkepile.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington, MN, with Pastor Robert Bartlett officiating. Casket bearers will be Gloria’s grandsons, Greg Brewer, LeeLand Mischke, Scott Mischke, Kevin Mischke, Brad Jenkins, Travis Jenkins, Nick Jenkins, and Justin Jenkins. Following the funeral ceremony for Gloria, burial will be in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Monday, January 30, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, MN and also one hour prior to the service at the church.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

30

Jan

5:00 PM 1/30/2017 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/30/2017 7:00:00 PM
Benson Funeral Home

1225 Ryans Road
Worthington, MN 56187

Benson Funeral Home
1225 Ryans Road Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Visitation

Tuesday

31

Jan

9:30 AM 1/31/2017 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 1/31/2017 10:30:00 AM
Westminster Presbyterian Church

230 Clary St
Worthington, MN 56187

Westminster Presbyterian Church
230 Clary St Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Service

Tuesday

31

Jan

10:30 AM 1/31/2017 10:30:00 AM
Westminster Presbyterian Church

230 Clary St
Worthington, MN 56187

Westminster Presbyterian Church
230 Clary St Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

29600 County Highway 35
Worthington, MN 56187

29600 County Highway 35 Worthington 56187 MN
United States
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