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Sylva Alletie Jenkins

07-13-1932 to 11-14-2019


Linn County News

Published Nov. 20, 2019


Sylva Alletie Jenkins, age 87, a resident of rural Blue Mound, Kan., died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at her home. She was born July 13, 1932, with a twin sister, Sarah, in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of Erma (Cooper) and James Hawkins.

Sylva met George Barker Jenkins Jr. while attending Wyandotte High School her junior year, 1950, graduating in 1951. Sylva married George Sept. 26, 1952, in Kansas City, Kan. Sylva and George lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, from July 1954 to February 1957 while George served in the Navy, afterward returning to Kansas City.

Sylva worked several years as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone. She left work to become a homemaker. Sylva brought two sons into the world: Ronald Allen, 1960, and Sylla Clay, 1968. In 1972 Sylva and George moved their family to a farm south of Blue Mound.

Sylva was a woman of many talents. Sewing, cooking, baking, gardening, flower arrangements, artwork, teaching, raising chickens, reading, and attending all events in support of her family. Sylva loved spending time with her sons and grandchildren, visiting Branson, Mo., and traveling with her family.
Sylva was a devoted member and elder to her church, Community of Christ, including the Grandview, Mo., and Mapleton, Kan., congregations. Sylva loved her church family and served her church in many capacities. She shared her love and commitment to our Lord with everyone. One favorite way to share was through her famous chalk talks. Sylva put great importance on her work for the Lord.

Survivors include her sons, Ronald and companion Kathryn, and Sylla and wife Mary; sister Shirley Callahan and husband Les; brothers Jimmy Hawkins and wife Sherry, and Don Hawkins and wife Pat; brothers-in-law Hulen Jenkins and wife Pat, Burly Jenkins and wife Marcia, and Richard Jenkins and wife Carol; grandchildren Jodi Jenkins and companion Carey, Jared Jenkins and wife Jessica, Jonna Jenkins and companion Mike, Tyler Jenkins, Jamie Garza, Yansi Bailey and husband Walter, and Rocio; 16 great grandchildren, Matthew, Jordan, Joshua, Mariah, Prestyn Jenkins, Preston Bailey, Katey, Trapper, Ruger, Thomas, Nahla, Levi, Reni, Cora, Kiley and Jace; and many close nieces, nephews, cousins, church family and friends.

Sylva was preceded in death by her twin sister, Sarah Tharp; her husband, George; her parents; and daughter-in-law Pamela Jenkins.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at the Mapleton Community of Christ. Burial will be in the Mapleton Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.

Contributions are suggested to Mapleton Community of Christ. Online condolences can be left at





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