Stella Ann Jenkins
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Stella Ann Jenkins Stella Ann Jenkins peacefully left us on January 8, 2018, at age 92. She will always be in our hearts. Stella so enjoyed the last Birthday, Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings of her family. Stella's legacy was her grace, wit and example of selfless care for family, neighbors and community. Stella was born in Pine, Arizona, to Helen and Robert Stewart on September 3, 1925, at her Father's U.S. Forest Ranger station. Her early remembrances were of ranger stations in Pine, Payson and Springerville, Arizona. They had two horses, chickens, a milk cow and goats. Stella went to High School in Phoenix, and graduated from University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics (Textiles and Clothing). Stella moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she got a security clearance to work at Sandia Air Force Base (where atomic bombs were stored, martialed and deployed). An accomplished skier, Stella joined a local ski club. She was on a club ski bus going to Santa Fe in early 1950. A handsome fellow, who thought her the prettiest girl on the bus, asked if he could sit next to her. When he found out her name, he responded that her name in Latin and Spanish was the same as his first name: "Starr." She didn't believe him at first, but the bus broke down so many times on the short trip to Santa Fe that it took 5 hours. They got to know each other and fell madly in love. Starr had to get a security clearance before Stella could date him. Starr proposed in June, and when they went to get their marriage license, two other couples from the ski bus were getting licenses. Stella and Starr were married August 14, 1950, at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, with a reception at her Dad's ranger station in Tijeras Canyon. They left in Starr's yellow Chevy convertible, honeymooning in Flagstaff, San Diego, Catalina, and Yosemite, returning to Albuquerque to a rented house and their two jobs. Stella moved with Starr to Stanford, California, while he got his Master's degree, where their first child, Stewart, was born in 1952. They moved back to Albuquerque, and soon Janet and Scott were born (1955 and 1957). Stewart, Janet, Scott and Starr were the center of Stella's life and she filled them with love. She treasured many trips around the West to Coeur d'Alene, Yellow Stone, Yosemite, Long Beach, Shell Beach and the Grand Canyon. In her 60s and 70s Stella went river rafting, toured Canada, Alaska, the United States and Europe. She moved with Starr to San Luis Obispo when he got a job teaching English at Cal Poly in 1961. Stella's parents had retired to Shell Beach. She was thrilled when Starr was offered the job in SLO. Summers, Starr would get ranger jobs in Yosemite where he and Stella had a "Tent-Cabin" with a wood stove, and the kids slept outside under the magnificent summer stars. Stella taught the children many things during those summers (like, making blackberry jam). She was strong and courageous. Her petite frame did not stop her from grabbing spoon and skillet to bang together while running pell-mell at a full-grown bear threatening Stella's child. She watched the first men step on the moon on a TV balanced on a chair in a stand of Doug Fir, the only place a television signal could be found. She was a cub scout den mother, a campfire leader and a member of the Cal Poly Women's Club. She was a devoted member of PEO. Stella loved serving others as Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo. Stella was chairman of the Art Center docents for 2 years. She was on the Friends of the Library board. Stella volunteered at the County Clerk's office when needed at election time. Stella was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, George; and her niece, LaRue. She is survived by the love of her life, Starr Jenkins; and her children: Steward D. Jenkins (Diane Jenkins), Janet L. Jenkins (Bill Levitt) and Scott H. Jenkins; her granddaughters: Sara M. Jenkins, Corinna M. Engel and Alisha D. Engel; her niece, Susan Stewart; and nephew George Stewart. Stella's family is grateful for the tender and devoted care provided her at home by Edie Gaddis and Maria Pimentel. Special thanks to Wilshire Hospice. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune on Jan. 13, 2018.
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February 8, 2018
Randal Cruikshanks
January 24, 2018
We honor the memory of our fellow Alumni; the light of her selfless heart will continue to glow within the lives she has touched. We extend our condolences to Stella's family and friends.
"Day is done, gone the sun. From the lake, from the hills, from the sky. All is well, safely rest, God is nigh." [Taps, Traditional]
Camp Fire Central Coast of CA
January 21, 2018
Dear beautiful Jenkins Family,
We have the fondest memories of Mrs. Stella Jenkins and couldn't have asked for a more kind, sweet, loving neighbor next door. We will always remember her smile, warmth, visits and talks, and how she was like a Grandma to our children. She LOVED cats, and animals in general, as we do too, so we would "babysit" each others pets. It wasn't always an even exchange, since we have tortoises, but sometimes they were hibernating. We admired how graciously she lived life and the example of true love shown daily between she and husband Starr. We would see them on their walks, unhurried and enjoying each others company and the beauty of the day. Mrs. Stella Jenkins, you will be missed and always lovingly remembered.
Janice Davis
January 19, 2018
The sadness over the loss of this woman is eased by the love she received in her life. No greater tribute to the type of mother, wife and friend than the love shown to her by her family and friends and we know she was loved. RIP Stella. Sending strength to her family
Mechell Vieira
January 13, 2018
I have several fond memories of Stella Jenkins: 1) travelling by bus in Europe with Wes and Dottie Conner, Bob and Ruthie Gordon, et al; 2) exercise classes with Sue Gin; 3) club meetings (RQN, for example). I loved the description of her cooking on a wood stove in a tent-cabin in Yosemite (no doubt Camp 6), an experience we Conner folk shared and can relate to. She was definitely a smart and gentle soul, though I do remember one time she got grumpy in Europe because her motel room was right above smelly garbage cans, and she insisted on being re-situated to a new room!
Sharon Whitney
January 13, 2018
Stew so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a good good person.It has been an honer knowing her and your dad all these years. If there is anything we can do let me know.
bob, karen and Andrea Stout
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