Eva Frances Jenkins

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Eva Frances Jenkins, 87, of Chanute, Kan., formerly a resident of Nevada, Mo., for more than 60 years, passed from this life Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Freeman West Hospital, in Joplin. She was born July 25, 1927, in Arcadia, Crawford County, Kan., to Cecil Corder and Dessie Fern (Smith) Stephan. After her father died as a result of a steam shovel explosion, her mother married Vernel Basil Jenkins and the family relocated to the Bronaugh, Mo., area. On June 7, 1951, "Frances" as she was known was united in marriage to O.D. "Bus" Jenkins and he preceded her in death on March 13, 2005.

Frances attended school in Bronaugh where she graduated with the Class of 1943. She received both her bachelor and master's degrees in education from Pittsburg State University. After 40 years of teaching, 38 with the Nevada R-5 District and two in the Erie, Kan., District, she retired in 1985. Her many memberships included a Life Membership in MSTA; a member of CTA; Elizabeth Carey Chapter of DAR; First Christian Church of Nevada; American Association of University Women; the Nevada Business and Professional Women; and member of the Alliance for Retired Americans. Her hobbies included reading, crocheting, a love of travel and a love of animals, especially her dog Tiger.

Survivors include her sister, Kay Barclay, of Chanute; sister-in-law, Lou Jenkins, of Nevada; 15 nieces and nephews; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and other relatives and a host of friends. Aside from her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Eleanor Hergert; and two brothers, Sonny Jenkins and Joe Jenkins.

Funeral services for Eva Frances Jenkins are scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 1, at the First Christian Church, in Nevada, with the Rev. David Rorabaugh officiating. Interment will follow in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery, in El Dorado Springs. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 30, at Ferry Funeral Home, in Nevada.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the First Christian Church Educational Scholarship Fund or the DAR Scholarship Fund in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

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