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Columbia Missourian

Mickie Jenkins March 7, 1924 - November 23, 2012

By Parker Funeral Service
December 12, 2012 | 5:08 p.m. CST

Mickie Jenkins, 88, passed away at her home in Columbia, Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. A celebration of life will be held at a future date.

Mickie was born March 7, 1924 in Lutesville-Marble Hill, Missouri, the eldest child of Billie E. and James A. Higgins. She graduated from Lutesville High School in 1941 where she was an honor student, active in student activities and a member of the women’s varsity volleyball team. She attended the University of Missouri.

She was a realtor for Mendenhall Realty and worked in Columbia Public Schools and at Buchroeder Jewelers. She had been active in King’s Daughters, Republican Women, various women’s circles, tennis leagues, Boone Hospital volunteers, and served as Brownie and Girl Scout leaders. She was a member of Missouri United Methodist Church where she had taught junior high Sunday school classes.

She enjoyed reading, studying vocabulary derivation, writing short stories, dancing (especially tap dancing), history, politics, needlepoint and music. Most of all, Mickie loved spending time and traveling with close, and many life-long, friends. She was a loyal, fun-loving friend with a “wicked” sense of humor, a ready smile and kind words for everyone.  

Mickie was staunchly committed to her family and will be greatly missed and remembered by them as a caring, thoughtful, devoted wife, mother, and sister who always considered others first. She was also an avid dog lover and dedicated to her poodle “grand dogs.” 

Mickie is survived by her husband of 69 years, Thornton D. Jenkins; a daughter, Spring Jenkins Walton, and Charles Walton, of Columbia and Baltimore, Maryland; a brother, James Higgins and Florrie Bonney of Potosi, Missouri.  She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Cindy Higgins, Joel Mulhern, Jane and Brent Morrow, Jim Stone, Jim Higgins, Susan Higgins, Christopher and Sarah Higgins, and Kim and Eric Moffett, as well as grand nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by siblings, John Higgins, Lynn Higgins and Dorothy Bloomquist. 

Remembrances for Mickie may be sent to the Rheumatoid Arthritis - Arthritis Foundation, to the Reading is Fundamental program, or a charity of your choice.

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