Helen P. Jenks, 76, of Baldwin City, KS, passed away March 5, 2016 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the De Soto Baptist Church, De Soto, KS. Burial will follow at the De Soto Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:30 – 8:30 pm Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS, 913-856-7111. Memorial Contributions may be given to American Heart Assoc., American Cancer Society or the De Soto Baptist Church. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com
Helen was born November 21, 1939 in Rudy, AR to Willie Lorene (Dillon) and Ray Denver Gilstrap. The family moved to Sunflower Village in 1953 where her dad was employed at the Sunflower Ordinance Plant. She graduated from De Soto High School in 1958. Helen married Albert J. “Bud” Jenks on December 26, 1958 in De Soto. She was a payroll clerk at Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant for 22 years and then worked as an Allocations Administrator at Garmin Industries Int., in Olathe for 10 years. She has lived in Baldwin City for the last 20 years. She enjoyed her flowers and gardening and working on jig-saw puzzles and maps. Helen was a sweet and kind lady who loved to cook, especially for her family. She will be dearly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Hazel Harsh. Helen is survived by her husband Bud, of the home; daughter Teresa “Teri” Leahy and her significant other Jim Vanderbilt of Baldwin City; son Ken and Debra Jenks of Shawnee, KS; four grandsons: Drew Wiard, Sean Wiard and his significant other Jackie Tyree, Zach and Emma Jenks and Maxwell Jenks; two great grandchildren, Oliver and Jay; and niece Jeanne Hogue of Overland Park, KS.