Bettie N. Jenkins


Bettie N. Jenkins, 89, of Bellefontaine, passed away Friday evening, Jan. 17, 2014, at Logan Acres Care Center.

She was born in Bellefontaine on Feb. 5, 1924, to the late Frank and Doris Orr Rockwell. She also was preceded in death by her former husband, Donald Leslie Jenkins, in 1991.

Bettie is survived by her daughter, Choyce (Charles) Earick of Bellefontaine; two granddaughters, Lesli (Bill) Harris and Leah (Brian) Lirette, both of Bellefontaine; and two great-grandchildren, Liam and Bryce Harris.

Bettie was a 1942 graduate of Bellefontaine High School and was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Bellefontaine. As a young woman, she loved dancing to the big band sounds at the Indian Lake Moonlight Terrace Gardens.

In the early 1950’s, she and her husband owned and operated a small neighborhood grocery along east Auburn Avenue in Bellefontaine. She retired from full-time employment with the JCPenney Company in 1986 and continued to work another six years part-time, for a total of 32 years.

Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine. A private family graveside service is at a later date at the Huntsville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Rutan Hospital Foundation, 205 Palmer Ave., Bellefontaine; and the Tri-County Community Action Meals On Wheels program, 125 E. Patterson Ave., Bellefontaine OH 43311.

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