Linda Kay Jenkins, a long-time resident of San Antonio, passed into rest at the age of 77, on March 19, 2021, after a short but overwhelming battle with heart disease.
Linda is survived by her husband, Dr. Douglas William Jenkins, her sons Douglas Woodard Jenkins and wife Christina with grandchildren Douglas Edward, Jonathan and Hannah, and Patrick Laird Jenkins and wife Erika with grandchildren Greyson and Griffin. She is also survived by great grandchildren Jacob of San Antonio and Carsen of Twin Falls ID. Linda was predeceased by her Father, Thomas Eugene Woodard, Mother Louise Woodard and sister Martha Jo Anderson.
Linda was born in St. Louis, MO. After a few years in Arkansas, the family moved to Flint, Michigan where jobs and water were good at the time. Linda thrived as a student and particularly enjoyed reading. She was embedded in a wonderful immediate family filled with love and an extended family that included numerous aunts, uncles and cousins that also had great comradery. She graduated from Flint Southwestern High School in 1961.
At a high school party, when both were sixteen, Linda and Doug met and that was it. They were together for four years until Doug felt comfortable that medical school would work and were married on July 11, 1964. Having been the secretary for the Michigan United Cerebral Palsy Association, she worked at the University of Michigan Law School while Doug was in medical school. As a physician Doug was in the Air Force and they were fortunate to spend most of their time in San Antonio. Linda put her heart and soul into the home and family. The boys came home to snacks ranging from Jell-O to banana bread and meals were the result of her exceptional cooking talent on a nightly basis. When the boys were young, she read to them at nap time and nighttime. As they grew, she was always there to support and guide through life events.
The boys grew up, each successful and warmed by Linda's love and affection. Each founded their own family with their children and Linda's umbrella of love simply expanded and continued to envelope the whole family. Linda was consistently kind and compassionate towards everyone around her. She especially treasured a long friendship with a group of women who started in their early school years and have continued to this day. Periodically they have met to travel and enjoy mutual company. Linda did love to travel, cruising was her favorite method. Eventually she would be able to see a good part of the world from Alaska to Cape Horn and parts of Europe and the Caribbean. She had a beautiful singing voice and on a cruise was once asked by the pianist if he could get some arias from his cabin. She respectfully declined.
Doug and Linda were able to live a love story that lasted for 61 years. Losing Linda is a loss for Doug and the family that cannot be replaced, but that loss will be softened by superb memories.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Friday, April 9, 2021, at Porter Loring Mortuary.
MEMORIAL SERVICESATURDAY, APRIL 10, 20213:00 PMPORTER LORING CHAPEL
Service will be livestreamed by going to Linda's obituary on the Porter Loring Website.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the San Antonio Food Bank, the San Antonio Spurs Foundation. Or a charity of your choice.You are invited to signthe Guestbook atwww.porterloring.com