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Margaret Jinks Mondy


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Margaret Jinks Mondy Obituary
August 17, 1918 - September 12, 2016 Margaret was born in Bay City, Texas, the youngest of ten children to Pearson Kimbrow Jinks and Lida Rebecca Terral Jinks. Her childhood was spent happily in south Texas and later in rural Arkansas where she graduated from Piggott High School in 1935. She was working in Dallas when Pearl Harbor was attacked and Margaret immediately enlisted in the Women's Army Corps. While in basic training, she was selected to go to Officer's Candidate School where she graduated with honors. During World War II, Margaret was first stationed at Governor's Island, New York City, where she counseled soldiers returning from the European theater. Margaret loved living in New York where this country girl was introduced to opera, theater, fashion, fine dining, international cuisine, the symphony and all the other stimulations of the big city. Jinks, as everyone called her, was promoted to Captain during this time and relocated to Lake Placid. In 1943, she received a call from an old friend from Arkansas who she hadn't heard from in six years, Harrison Mondy, who was working for the government and living in Syracuse. They renewed their friendship and were married in 1945, shortly after Margaret's military duty ended. Married life took Margaret and Harrison to New Orleans for eleven years and then to El Segundo, California where Harrison worked for TRW and Margaret for the federal government. Margaret was very involved in her two children's lives and community volunteer activities. Once the kids were in college, Harrison accepted a five-year position in Alice Springs, Australia, where they thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of life in Oz - making lifelong friends, travelling the Outback in their black and white checkered Land Rover, and acquiring a taste for wichity grubs and other Outback delicacies. In 1973, while returning to the U.S. for a visit, they were hijacked leaving New Delhi, India. The Lufthansa 747, a brand new airplane at the time, was denied landing at various European airports. Finally, the plane landed in Yemen during a military coup while no one was in the control tower. The hijackers released the women and children but the men were kept in the airplane on the stifling tarmac for three days awaiting the payment of ransom. Margaret and Harrison were finally reunited in Athens and had quite a story to tell for the rest of their lives. Margaret loved family, holidays, baking, reading, traveling, Taos, the evening news, and anything political. She spent her life taking care of others, first her elderly parents and then her older brothers and sisters and their spouses during their illnesses. She raised her two beautiful children and was a loving, loyal and involved mother to them until the end. She helped to raise her granddaughter and great-granddaughter with her loving presence. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Harrison, in 2013 and her son, James, in 2016, and all of her siblings and their spouses. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Judy and John Armstrong of Altadena and her daughter-in-law Geraldine Mondy of El Segundo. She is also survived by her beloved granddaughter Brecken and her husband Matt Kelsey and the sunshine of her life, great-granddaughter Gwyneth Kelsey. She also leaves behind sister-in-law Jewel Kirk of Colorado Springs and dozens of adored nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren. Margaret's death in Pasadena at 98, was the end of an era for her extended family, the last one of the original ten. A memorial service will be held for her at the Jinks Family Reunion in Hunt, Texas, where the Jinks grandchildren and their families continue the family tradition of large, loud, chaotic parties that celebrate life, heritage, and our beloved family.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 23, 2016
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