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Evelynn Rhea Jenkins


Evelynn Rhea Jenkins, 75, of Athens, MI, passed away on Friday, January 22, 2016, at Bronson Hospice.

She was born on September 24, 1940, to Herbert James Mackety and Agnes E. Mackety.

Evelynn attended Athens Schools and graduated near the top of her class. She was also the 1960 Homecoming Queen of Athens High School in her senior year. She received excellent grades throughout school.

After graduation, Evelynn put herself through nursing school. She worked in the Emergency Room at what was once Leila Hospital. She also worked in the ICU Department.

Evelynn moved to California to live with her son and wanted to serve her country, and joined the Army Reserves, but was unable to complete basic training, due to health reasons. She continued nursing and one of her places of employment also was a correction facility.

Evelynn was a self-taught knitter, crocheter and pianist. She excelled in all of her favorite pastimes.

Evelynn attended the Athens Indian Mission Church until she could no longer be transported to church in comfort.

Evelynn was preceded in death by her daughter, Emily, in 1970, who was born with a heart defect, and her son Dana James, age 38, in 2004. She was also preceded in death by her mother, Agnes Mackety, her father Herbert Mackety, her brother Thomas Mackety, grandfather Albert Mackety, grandmother Elizabeth Mackety and her favorite aunts, Alberta Wells, Genevieve Mackety and an uncle Samuel Mackety.

She is survived by two sisters, Shirley A. English of Marshall, MI, Rachel Mackety of Athens and a brother, Paul Mackety of Brooksville, Florida. She is also survived by many nephews, nieces and cousins.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 2:00pm at her place of interment, at the Huron Potawatomi Indian Reservation gravesite with Pastor John McConihay officiating.

In Evelynn's Honor donations can be made to the National Parkinson's Association of West Michigan 260 Jefferson SE, Suite 210 Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Jan. 24, 2016
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