Bonnie Carol Jenkins, longtime Newkirk resident, died Friday morning, April 19, 2019 at her home. She was 79.
The daughter of Joseph Madison Sparks and Edna Lavina (Abernathy) Sparks, Bonnie was born March 14, 1940 at Arkansas City. She grew up and received her education in Arkansas City.
On June 9, 1955 Bonnie and Jerold Dean Jenkins were married in the First Baptist Church of Newkirk. They established their home in El Paso where her new husband was stationed with the air force. The family went with him to Germany, Las Vegas and then Wichita where they stayed while he served in Vietnam. Next they were stationed in Austin, Tex. followed by air bases in Morocco, Africa, Minot, ND and Korea. While he served in Korea, Bonnie and their four sons lived in Newkirk. Her husband retired from the air force in 1974 and joined his family in Newkirk where the couple has since resided.
Bonnie had many special interests and hobbies. She took great pleasure in taking care of their very large yard, riding her John Deere tractor to mow the lawn, and raising many beautiful flowers and shrubs. Many times senior class members would request the privilege of taking their senior pictures in their yard. The Jenkins family loves to sing karaoke, and Bonnie relished singing as much as the rest of them. She was quite an accomplished in crocheting, creating afghans, table cloths and other items. She also enjoyed other types of needle work. Bonnie had beautiful penmanship, and she was also a talented artist, sketching a number of pictures. Her artistic talents spilled over in the kitchen with cooking and baking. She had fun using her artistic abilities to decorate her wonderful pies. One other thing she excelled in was shooting a gun, taking care of the snake population on their land. Her family called her ‘Bonnie Oakley’ because she rarely missed what she aimed at. She loved her constant companion, Missy, her Shih Tzu dog. But most of all she treasured all her grands and loved them to the moon and back.
Bonnie is survived by Jerold, her husband of nearly 64 years; their four sons and daughter-in-law, Jerold Jr. and Bambi Jenkins of Ponca City, Terry Jenkins of Seattle, Wash., Kurtis Jenkins and Kevin Jenkins, both of Kaw City; her grandchildren, Jaquay and Juaneta Jenkins, Necole and Dacy Jackson, and Victoria and Jason Pettigrew, all of Ponca City, Jennifer Jenkins of Ozark, Mo., and Courtney and Leslie Jenkins of Shidler; her great-grandchildren, Jaelon Jaquay Jenkins of Tulsa, Derrick Jenkins, Jaqulyn Jenkins, Abygale Stockwell, Landon Jenkins, Lannie Jackson, Landrie Jackson, London Pettigrew, Kooper Pettigrew, all of Ponca City, Peyton Branson and Aubrey Branson, both of Ozark, Mo., Zane Jenkins and Emery Jo Jenkins, both of Shilder, Karson Jenkins, Kenzlea Jenkins and Kassadee Hamilton, all of Ponca City; and one great-great-grandchild, Isaac Saucedo. Bonnie is also survived by four siblings, Virginia Hughes of Parkerfield, Kan., Pattie Sivits of Burns, Kan., Darrell and Cinda Sparks of Ardmore, and Joseph and Zeta Sparks of Derby, Kan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter-in-law, Lanette Jenkins; three grandchildren, Kristopher Jenkins, Kevin Chaz Jenkins and Kindra Carolee Jenkins; and six siblings, Billy Joe Sparks, Jo Ann Weston, Joyce Fortner, Leon Sparks, LeRoy Sparks and Carolyn Sue Sparks.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 in the First United Methodist Church of Newkirk with The Rev. Mike Sweetman of Hospice of North Central Oklahoma officiating. Interment will follow in the Newkirk Cemetery. Miller-Stahl Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. The body will lie in state at the funeral home Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon.
Those serving as casket bearers will be Jerold Jenkins, Jr., Terry Jenkins, Kurtis Jenkins, Kevin Jenkins, Cortney Jenkins and Jaquay Jenkins. Honorary bearers are Robert “Bob” Weston, Matt Weston, Joey Foundray, Kerry Foundray and Ronnie Fortner.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bonnie Jenkins’ name and mailed to Wounded Warriors Project, P. O. Box 758577, Topeka, Kan., 66675-8517.