Beth Jenkins

Beth Jenkins

Beth Henry Jenkins went home to be with the Lord on March 23, 2014. Beth was born in Philadelphia on July 8, 1923 to Robert and Mabel Henry.

The family moved to Chicago when she was six. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in mathematics and married her sweetheart George Jenkins, to whom she was married to for 57 years. They raised their four children in Denver, Colo., enjoying trips to the mountains, swimming, playing and working together as a family.

Besides her devotion as both wife and mother, Beth served the community with her many abilities, including serving as head of the Health Systems Agency in Denver, six years as mayor of Cherry Hills Village, project manager for the remodel of Christ Church Denver, and project manager for the Orcas Senior Center.

She and George retired to Orcas Island, Wash., where they loved exploring the islands on their boat. After George passed away, Beth moved to Everett to be closer to her family.

Her adventurous spirit was an inspiration to all who knew her. She learned to ski at age 50, earned her pilot’s license at 55, and rode a bike for the first time at age 64. Her deep faith in God spurred her to serve actively in her church and she taught Bible study for many years.

Beth is survived and missed by her children Clyde and Dori Jenkins, Peggy and Steve Hurd, Pam Jenkins, Nancy and Stefano Mammi; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; her sister, Jane; and three nephews and their families.

Beth’s funeral will be held at New Life Center in Everett, Wash., on Thursday, April 17 at 2:30 p.m. A family graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery on Orcas Island on Saturday, April 19, where Beth will be buried next to her husband, George. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, Wash., and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Beth, sign the online guest register at