Jean Burnside Jenkins, 92, of East Stroudsburg and formerly of Moosic, died Friday at the Old Orchard Care Center in Easton. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 52 years, Willard Jenkins, on May 29, 1997.
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Born in Avoca on Oct. 28, 1921, daughter of the late John and Jemima Thompson Burnside, Jean graduated from Moosic High School before earning her nursing degree from the College of St. Elizabeth. She worked as a private duty child care nurse, and before her retirement, she worked as a statistician. A longtime active member of the Pittston Presbyterian Church, Jean served on numerous church committees and also taught Sunday school. She always enjoyed her card club gatherings and as an avid baker, she'll never be forgotten for her canning and baking. A loving mother, grandmother, relative and dear friend, she will be forever missed by those who loved her.
She is survived by her two children, Willard (Jack) Jenkins and wife, Robin of Clifton Twp.; and Sheila Chelnik and husband, David of East Stroudsburg; her sister-in-law, Betty Burnside of Clifton Twp.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins, including Bob Wilson Chula Vista, Calif.
She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Margaret Jean Jenkins; and brother, Alex Burnside.
Her family would like to thank the entire staff of Heartland Hospice for the tremendous care given to Jean while she was ill.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, with services by the Rev. John Craig. Interment, Langcliffe Cemetery, Avoca.
Relatives and friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Camp Hill Special School, 1784 Fairview Road, Glenmoore, PA 19343.
Please visit www.kearney
funeralhome.com for directions or to leave an online condolence.
Kearney Funeral Homes
517 North Main Street Old Forge, PA 18518-1811
Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 27, 2014