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Janet Jenkins

Janet Marie Jenkins, 79, of Washta, Iowa, passed away Sunday morning, February 26, 2017 in the Correctionville Specialty Care.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, Iowa. Pastor Tim Jones will officiate. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home on Saturday.

Visitation will be on Friday from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Online condolences can be left at

Janet Marie Jenkins was born the daughter of Opal Scott (Siefke) on June 14, 1937 in Sioux City, Iowa. She was raised in Correctionville, Iowa by her grandparents, Charles and Mamie Scott, until their deaths.

She finished her high school years with Faye and Hiney Mahin. She graduated from Correctionville in 1955.

Janet was a waitress in several cafes in Correctionville. After graduation she was employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. as an operator in Correctionville.

In 1957 she transferred to the Glendale, California office where she made her home with her aunt and uncle Maye & Fat Small.

She returned to Iowa in 1959 and married Harold (Sam) Jenkins on June 20, 1959. To that union, four children were born.

To put it simply, Janet loved. She possessed an unconditional love that will be missed by all who knew her. Janet loved the Lord, loved her family, loved people, and loved doing for others.

It was often said that she had a heart of gold, and she truly did. She practiced what she believed and was always willing to give a smile, a hug, a hand, and something sweet to eat.

Janet’s treasure was her family. Being with them and around them was her favorite activity, especially when she got to play cards and games. She also loved being a hostess for those many jam sessions. Listening to Sam sing and play music was something she relished.

Janet enjoyed collecting cookbooks while her family and friends enjoyed sampling her baked creations.

She was an active member of the Church of Christ in Correctionville, and she was willing to be on call for the United Methodist Church in Washta.

Janet is survived by her husband Sam of 57 years; four children: Scott (Brenda) Jenkins of Washta, IA; Mark (Sheryle) Jenkins of Washta, IA; Yvonne (Mike) Moats of Marcus, IA; Valarie Olson of Washta, IA; seven grandchildren: Luke (Jessica) Jenkins of Shakopee, MN, Audra (Cameron) Crocker of Marcus, IA; Rebecca (Peter) Foxhoven of Cedar Falls, IA; Samantha Jenkins of Washta, IA; Chelsey Olson of Ft. Collins, CO; Marissa Moats of Marcus, IA; Chad Olson of Washta, IA; one great-grandchild: Savannah Crocker of Marcus, IA; two sisters Beulah (Roger) Sand of Anthon, IA, Betty (Larry) Pierce of Correctionville, IA, two brothers, Brad Siefke of Anthon, IA, Butch Siefke of Correctionville, IA.; sisters-in-law Viola Byerly of Cherokee, IA, Alyce Hirschman of Cherokee, IA, Elizabeth Moles of Cherokee, IA, Mary Ann Reisinger of Colorado Springs, CO, Carol Peterson of Virginia; brother-in-law Eugene Weiland of Cherokee, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Opal Siefke; parents-in-law Harold and Darlene Jenkins; brothers-in-law Carlos Moles, Joe Powell, George Powell, Kenneth Byerly, and Robert Hirschman; and sisters-in-law Bertha Wieland, Mary Leriger, Rachael Hefner, Becky Saxen, and Maurine Powell.

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