Barbara C. Jenkins, was born on November 23, 1938 to the late Heflin and Bertha Cox in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. She was the seven of nine children. As a beautiful, warm, outgoing little girl, Barbara grew up with her siblings: Vivian, Alma, Herman, Lorraine, Norman, LaRue, Sherille and Rashonne in the small intimate town of Vandergrift. She attended and graduated from Vandergrift High School. After graduation, an ambitious Barbara set her sights on pursuing a career in modeling. Her passion for the profession compelled her to participate in a number of beauty contests. With her stunning looks and persona, she ventured to the “Big Apple,” -New York City! In 1963 she met the love of her life, the late John Jenkins and they were married on November 24, 1969 in Las Vegas, Nevada. To this union was born two daughters, Barbara Michelle and Nicole, in the spitting-image of their parents! Barbara worked as an employee for the United States Post Office and became her own businesswoman in Harlem. She loved life, family, traveling, sports, jewelry, and fashion of course, always looking absolutely fabulous wherever she would go!
Barbara enjoyed spending time with her family, she believed in family sticking together, no matter what! She always acted as the “peace-maker.” Barbara loved the Lord and accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. Her caring, warm, tender heart and life touched the lives of so many.
On June 11, 2019, Barbara C. Jenkins was called home to God peacefully, leaving behind a history and legacy as a true gem! She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Barbara leaves to cherish her memory: her children, Barbara Michelle, Nicole; her bonus children: Lenny and wife Jacqueline Wilkins, Lyle, Cheryl and Patricia; grandchildren: Nicole Magic, Nahari and Jakkai; bonus grandchildren, Jonathan, Ashley, Jade and Jayln; sisters: Vivian, Lorraine, LaRue, Sherille and Rashonne, and great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, John Jenkins; parents, Heflin and Bertha Cox; stepmother, Velma Cox; sister, Alma Cox; brothers and sisters-in-law, Herman and Ida Cox and Norman and Margaret (Peggy) Cox; and brother-in-law, Charles (Chuck) Martin.
A very important part of our lives is temporally away from our natural presence. Thankfully, we have our Faith in God that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous on that Great Day; we will see Barbara again!