Margaret Elizabeth Jenkins, 86, 215 North Rd., Johnson City, died Friday, November 25, 2011, at NHC Healthcare following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Jenkins was a native of Alvarado, VA and had been a resident of Washington County since she was a child.
She was a daughter of the late James H. and Millie Elizabeth Jonas Widener.
Mrs. Jenkins was a homemaker and formerly worked at the Johnson City Eye Hospital in the dietary department and retired from Alamite where she was a machine operator.
She was a lifelong member of the Salvation Army where she was a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Home League.
Mrs. Jenkins was a registered Daughter of the Confederacy.
She loved her family, gardening, sewing and quilting.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Jenkins was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest H. Jenkins, in 1978, two sons, Fred Jenkins and Ernest Hardin Jenkins, three daughters, Barbara Ann Jenkins, Brenda Kay Jenkins and Betty Thompson, one brother, Dan Widener, one sister, Mary Manuel.
She is survived by three daughters, Carol Maupin and husband Charles, and Debra Childress, all of Johnson City, Nancy Bellamy and husband Joey, Summitt, Mississippi; four sons, Jerry Jenkins, Ronald Jenkins and wife Susan, Kenneth Jenkins and wife Carolyn, all of Johnson City, Michael Jenkins and wife Maria, Telford; special daughter-in-law, Brenda Jenkins, Elizabethton; special son-in-law, James Thompson, Johnson City; twenty-six grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted Monday, November 28, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. from the East Chapel of the Appalachian Funeral Home.
Interment will follow in Roselawn Memory Gardens. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends prior to the service Monday from 12:00-2:00 P.M. in the East Parlor of the funeral home.
Those who prefer to make memorial contributions may do so to the Salvation Army, 204 W. Walnut St., Johnson City, TN 37601.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Jenkins family. 928-6111