Jackie Jenkins

Obituary of Jackie Jenkins

Jenkins, Jacqueline It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Jacqueline "Jackie" Jenkins on Sunday May 26th. She was the loving wife of Leon for 52 years. She was the most amazing mom to Jeramie and his wife Lorelei and "Nanny" to her much-loved grandchildren, Matisse (Mason), Jyllian, Jebediah, and Eliza Jane. She will be missed by her sister, Marcelle Shayda, and husband, Mike. Jackie is predeceased by her father, Joe Leclerc, and mother, Adelaide Leclerc, who wait to greet her with all the love she deserves. Jackie was an avid ball player from a young age in Oshawa, and later in the Orillia area, leading hundreds of games as a competitive pitcher. Jackie took up curling in Beaverton where she met and made lifelong friendships. She took up golf and began some of her favourite traditions: golf tournaments with the ladies up north, and golf trips with the Beaverton crew to the sunny south. Friends and laughter followed wherever she went. She began her career in 1977 at YMCA Geneva Park on the eastern shore of Lake Couchiching. Starting as an Administrative Assistant, she eventually worked her way to become the General Manager of Geneva Park, until her retirement after 35 years. Her passion for the Park and its employees was always evident in the way she treated staff and guests with respect and compassion. She spoke so highly of her colleagues, many of whom became her closest friends. She took great joy in her grandchildren. Nanny was instrumental in helping to raise them as she always wanted them for sleepovers so she could spoil them silly. Even as her health waned in the last few months, her spirits rose when the grandkids were near. Cremation has taken place. A private service for family will be held. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital Foundation or the Sharing Place through the Simcoe Funeral Home, 38 James Street E. Orillia. Messages of condolence are welcomed at www.simcoefuneralhome.ca