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Columbia Missourian

Mickie Jenkins enjoyed helping others

By Ashley Crawford
December 13, 2012 | 1:21 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Mickie Jenkins spent her life helping others.

"She worked where she could help people, that's what she loved to do," Thornton Jenkins, her husband, said. "And she was damn good at it." 

Mickie Jenkins, of Columbia, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. She was 88.

She was born March 7, 1924, in Lutesville-Marble Hill to Billie and James Higgins. She married Thornton Jenkins on March 19, 1943.

Mrs. Jenkins played varsity volleyball at Lutesville High School. In 1938, she met her husband.

"I was a year older and at another high school," Thornton Jenkins said.

He went to Advance High School, just 17 miles from Lutesville-Marble Hill. 

They visited each other as much as they could.

"Gasoline was cheap, but not many cars were available," Thornton Jenkins said.

Mrs. Jenkins attended MU.

Throughout her life, she was involved with King's Daughters, Republican Women, various women's circles and tennis leagues. She was a Boone Hospital volunteer and served as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. She taught junior high Sunday school classes at Missouri United Methodist Church.

In the late '60s and early '70s, Mrs. Jenkins was a realtor for Mendenhall Realty. She also worked at West Junior High School and Hickman High School, Thornton Jenkins said. 

Mrs. Jenkins loved to read and create things for people, Thornton Jenkins said. He described her as shy but loving.

When asked what he would miss the most about his wife, Thornton Jenkins simply replied, "Her."

Mrs. Jenkins is survived by her husband, Thornton Jenkins; a daughter, Spring Jenkins Walton, and her husband, Charles Walton, of Columbia and Baltimore; a brother, James Higgins, and his wife, Florrie Bonney, of Potosi; nieces and nephews, Cindy Higgins, Joel Mulhern, Jane Morrow, Brent Morrow, Jim Stone, Jim Higgins, Susan Higgins, Christopher Higgins, Sarah Higgins, Kim Moffett and Eric Moffett; and great-nieces and -nephews.

Her siblings John Higgins, Lynn Higgins and Dorothy Bloomquist died earlier.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Memorial contributions can be made to Rheumatoid Arthritis — Arthritis Foundation, to the Reading is Fundamental program or to any charity.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.