Margaret Genell Jenkins
Published 2:48 pm Friday, June 30, 2023
Margaret Genell Jenkins of Springdale, Maryland, passed away peacefully on June 26, 2023. She was born in Dozier, Alabama, on August 30, 1939 to the late Thelma and Ina Jones and was the second of four children. Margaret was a loving daughter, sister, wife, aunt, mother, grandmother, and friend.
Margaret received her early education at County Line Elementary School in Dozier, Alabama, and in 1958, she graduated high school from the Covington County Training School in Andalusia, Alabama. She married James Anderson Jenkins of Andalusia, Alabama, in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 12, 1963. Through this union they were blessed with two daughters and two grandchildren that she adored. She worked for the Prince George’s County Public School system as a bus driver for over 30 years before retiring in 1995.
Margaret grew up in the church and had a strong relationship with God. She joined Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church on Nov. 5, 1974, and became a very active and dedicated member. She was an officer of the church as an Ordained Deacon (1986-1989), served as a Trustee (1999-2002), sang in the Chancel Choir, participated in the Presbyterian Women organization, and was a member of the church’s Cluster 12.
Some of Margaret’s favorite activities included traveling, gardening, cooking, sewing, and volunteering at the local food bank. Margaret was truly a creative person by nature, and you could always find her working on something or offering to show you how something should be done. Through the years Margaret and James traveled to many places together; they were always on a road trip, cruise, or mini adventure going somewhere. Margaret really enjoyed cooking and was delighted to share her recipes and tasty dishes with family and friends. While spending time with her you also knew you were going to hear a great story or gain some wisdom from something she said. In classic Margaret Jenkins fashion, she lived her life her way until the end. She has joined her husband and soul mate, James, and will be deeply missed, but will live on in the hearts of all that she touched.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, James Jenkins; parents, Thelma and Ina Jones; and brother, Lenzie Jones. She is survived by her daughters, Felicia A. and Synthia E. Jenkins; grandchildren, Braedon C. Jenkins and Janai L. Foster; sisters, Annie Alexander and Angeline Neely; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.