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Mrs. Joyce Jenkins, 73, of Indianapolis, formerly of Fountain City, passed away on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at Westview Hospital in Indianapolis.
She was born February 25, 1936 in Anderson to Kathleen and Roger Phillips. Vaughn and Frances Surber adopted her and raised her in Alexandria, where she graduated from Alexandria High School in 1954. She married Robert Rex Jenkins on May 29, 1954. This union was blessed with 4 children and spanned 24 years before Rex's death on November 28, 1978.
Joyce graduated from Ball State University in 1966 with a degree in Art Education. She opened the Art Department and formed the Damsels while at Northeastern Jr.-Sr. High School, and contributed greatly to the success of the school's annual Variety Show for many years. She was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church and Fountain City Wesleyan Church.
Joyce moved to Indianapolis in 1994 to be close to her youngest daughter. She enjoyed the final years of her life doing her favorite things including babysitting her twin granddaughters, reading her Bible, painting, and shopping. All the while, she waged a long battle against cancer and was taken by complications related to her treatments for lymphoma.
Joyce will be missed by her daughters, Kristi Blevins and Staci Fahlsing; son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Mary Jenkins; 8 grandchildren, Mysti Maddox, Ryan Pigman, Renee Pigman, Robby Jenkins, Ross Jenkins, Samantha Fahlsing, Mia Vanegas and Emma Vanegas; and her brother & sister-in-law, Don and Barbara Lydy.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Rex Jenkins, and her son, David Andrew "Andy" Jenkins, who passed away on November 14, 1979.
A funeral ceremony will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 South US 27, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery.
Family and friends may gather for visitation from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Northeastern Music Boosters, 7295 North US 27, Fountain City, Indiana 47341.
I just happened to check the obits in the Pal-Item this am and was shocked to see Joyce's name. It has been many years since our paths have crossed, but we do have fond and happy memories of our days at Northeastern with Rex and Joyce. We had fun going out to eat and having parties. Our sympathy to all of you. Sally and Gordon
Sally and Gordon Ricketts Dec 13 2009 12:00 AM
Like so many others, Joyce and Rex Jenkins are at the center of my happiest high school memories. I also remember practicing Damsel routines in that basement with the multicolored carpet. Not once do I ever remember Joyce Jenkins being anything but fun and upbeat. She never made any of us feel that we were not good enough; just the opposite. Between band and Damsels, I spent a fair amount of my highschool years with both Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins and I cherish those memories. Please accept my condolences.
Shere (McEwen) Mazur Dec 12 2009 12:00 AM
My sympathies to the Jenkins family. Special thoughts to Kristi, my fellow classmate. What fun we had practicing in the basement and performing halftime and other shows. She was a very sweet lady and I'm sure she will be missed greatly.
Margaret Lyons Conyers NHS '76
Margaret Lyons Conyers Dec 10 2009 12:00 AM
To all of you,
We send our heartfelt sympathy to you. Lots of memories from years past in Fountain City.
Merilou and Max Fulks Dec 8 2009 12:00 AM
JOYCE WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. I ADORED SHE AND REX BOTH. THEY MADE MY YEARS IN BAND AND DAMSELS THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY HIGH SCHOOL YEARS.
I REMEMBER STARTING TWIRLING IN THEIR BASEMENT IN 4TH GRADE. JOYCE WAS SO MUCH FUN...I LOVED BEING WITH HER. I WILL ALWAYS HAVE WONDERFUL MEMORIES AND AM SO GLAD SHE WAS IN MY LIFE.
JULIE HUBBELL JACKSON Dec 8 2009 12:00 AM
Many, many happy memories flood my thoughts today as I read of your loss. Joyce was a great friend and neighbor and was always willing to welcome me into her home. I still think of the corner house in Fountain City as 'the house where Joyce lived.' May hope and peace fill you this Christmas season...especially this year.
SueAnne (Wilson) Wallace Dec 8 2009 12:00 AM
She'll always hold a special place in my heart. In the horrible world of feeling ugly and unwanted in High School, "Mrs. Jenkins" saw something in me and was always an encouragment to me. She made me feel special in Damsels, and was always an encouragement. I cannot mention her name without smiling. She radiated energy, creativity, and success. I remember when I began as a "mini majorette", she didn't give up on me learning to twirl a baton in my right hand (I was a leftie)... she believed in me, and worked with me, and made me feel just like everyone else. This lady was a part of a TRULY wonderful and unforgettable part of NHS/band history. My love and sympathy to the family. Kristie, do you remember me?, (I was in Damsels, Keven's younger sister)
Kathy Hurd Pollock Dec 8 2009 12:00 AM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Jenkins family.
God Bless You
Mike Herron Dec 7 2009 12:00 AM
Kenny, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I have been through the battle of cancer myself. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Darla Blunk (Herron) Dec 7 2009 12:00 AM
A wonderful lady who contributed much to the betterment of this world. She will be greatly missed by the many many lives that she touched, influenced and changed.
Debi Toschlog Brim, NHS Class of '77
Debi Toschlog Brim Dec 7 2009 12:00 AM