Peggy Ann (Baker) Jenkins
December 30, 1936 ‒ June 04, 2020
Peggy Ann Jenkins, age 83, of Delaware, OH, left this world to be with our Lord on June 4, 2020. She was born on December 30, 1936 in Scioto County, OH, and is the daughter of the late John A. & Grace O. (Humphrey) Baker. Peggy is survived by her loving husband Herbert J Jenkins, daughter Teresa “Teri” (John) Sherman, granddaughter Kelly (Charles) Jenkins, sister-in-law Sharon Weinbrecht, siblings: Carole (Dan) Marlowe, Don (Fran) Rose, Gloria (Terry) Jones, Judy (Tom) Hahn and many adored nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by beloved sister Lois Mannering and niece Grace (Fred) Romans, mother and father-in-law Charles H and Merble D (Snyder) Jenkins, brother-in-law Richard Weinbrecht, and most beloved friend Dorothy (Dottie) Duke.
Peggy grew up in Oak Hill, OH and after graduation from high school attended Business College in Portsmouth, OH. She met the love of her life, Herb Jenkins in Oak Hill, and soon thereafter they were married and moved to Columbus and began their family and careers. They lived in Columbus a few years then moved to Delaware County and enjoyed 65 years of marriage in which they have always been side-by-side. Peggy loved the holidays and spending time with her family and many friends who she considered her extended family. Peggy had the amazing ability to bring you up when you were down, turn rain into sunshine, and always make you feel loved and supported.
Peggy was always adamant that her life was “handcrafted by God”. She always felt God gave her a musical talent which took her many places in life. She began singing in the EUB church, where he parents attended, and at the age of 5 she was singing and playing her ukulele there. When piano lessons were offered, she knew that was what she wanted to do. She progressed to playing the piano at church as part of a quartet she formed and went on to perform at other local events throughout her high school years. In the marching band she played the bass drum and in concert band the French horn. Her senior year she received a Superior rating for the soprano solo in the District Music Contest at Athens and an Excellent rating in the State contest in Portsmouth. In later years she revived her quartet once again and they performed at the annual Festival of Flags in their home town of Oak Hill.
Peggy enjoyed cooking for family & friends, and enjoyed many years of camping with Herb and traveling to many states. For many years, on week-ends, Peggy and Herb could be found in Loudonville at the Left Tackle Club, owned by Dick Schafrath, (who played for the Cleveland Browns and was State Senator). Peggy and her drummer, Hezzie Nave, entertained there. They also played at several other locations in the area. After retirement, Peggy and Herb purchased a second home in Edgewater, FL and for many years Peggy organized the annual variety show where she played music for various programs, organized and directed the two annual choir events and every year was invited to sing in the Veteran’s Day parade. Wherever Peggy went and there was a piano, a gathering soon occurred. One of her greatest joys was to be able to play music for her granddaughter’s wedding.
Peggy worked for 38 years at National Electric Coil in Columbus, OH where her last position was Manager of Customer Service International. In this position she enjoyed hosting clients from many countries including Russia, Pakistan, New Zealand, India and Dominican Republic to name a few. In a previous position, Peggy held a top security clearance with the Department of Energy which allowed her to tour the Uranium Enrichment Plant in Oakridge, TN. For another large government project, she was part of the team assigned to develop a special material needed for the Navy’s atomic submarines, at which time she was privileged to meet Admiral Rickover, the government’s liaison officer. Peggy enjoyed many years of working and socializing with all of the employees at “the Coil”. During her working years she was on the entertainment committee for company sponsored events like the annual family Christmas Program which provided gifts to all of the employee’s children, the bowling league and other various events. She was a member of the company social club, NECC-ED and served 13 years on the Board of the NEC Credit Union.
Peggy is a member of the Peachblow U.M.C. where she was blessed with the position of volunteer organist from 1995 to 2018 until her eyesight weakened. She organized the annual Music Festival and was the Women’s Group President for many years organizing and cooking for the annual Peach Festival. She and Herb, with several other church members, enjoyed their trips to Utica to purchase fresh peaches from the orchard and while there they would visit Watts Restaurant and the Velvet Ice Cream plant. Peggy and Herb loved their “little church” and had many exciting and loved times shared with their extended family there.
Peggy has been a long-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Worthington Chapter #287, Worthington, OH and was privileged to play for several Officer Installations over the years.
A service to honor Peggy’s life will begin at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 12, 2020 at Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015, with burial to follow at Cheshire Cemetery. The family will receive guests on Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Peachblow U.M.C., 3247 Peachblow Road, Lewis Center, OH, 43035.