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Martha A JenkinsOctober 8, 2012
Brunswick - Martha A. Jenkins, age 92, passed away at Samaritan Hospital in Troy on Monday, October 8th surrounded by her loving family. Born in Edgefield, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late John 0. Atkinson and Annie Fleming Atkinson, and the beloved wife of the late Morton Jenkins of Troy.
The eleventh of thirteen children, Martha was predeceased by her brothers William, Clarence, D.T., and Henry, and her sisters Hazelle, Hillie, Marie, Florence, Gladys, Dorothy, and Ruby. She was also predeceased by her treasured grandson, Aidan Jenkins O'Malley. She is survived by her beloved sister Mildred of Windsor, NY and many dear cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Martha and Morton moved to Troy at the close of World War II where they raised a family of four children who survive her: Kent (Jeanne)Jenkins of Slingerlands, NY, Owen (Wendy)Jenkins of Essex Junction, VT, Craig Jenkins of Troy, NY and Lynne (Hughie) O'Malley of Cary, IL. She is also survived by five granddaughters, Kelly Jenkins Renaud, Caroline Jenkins Hanna, Caitlin Jenkins, Carin Jenkins, and Jennifer O'Malley, and great-grandchildren, Henry Renaud, Teddy Renaud, and Nora Hanna.
Martha found her greatest joys as a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, homemaker, and active church member. Her commitment to the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church (now First United Presbyterian) more than sixty-five years ago enabled her to serve in a variety of capacities as a deacon, committee member, and President of the United Presbyterian Women. Since one of Martha's great talents was in working with her hands, she lent both her heart and her skills to many projects at the church including the creation of several banners and wall hangings that made a unique visual contribution to the worship services. She also belonged to many groups of friends who shared her enthusiasm for the decorative arts, including painting, rug-hooking, and knitting, and was both a member and president for many years of the Birchkill Arts and Crafts Guild.
Services were private.
Contributions in Martha's memory will be gratefully accepted by the First United Presbyterian Church, 1915 Fifth Avenue, Troy, NY 12180.