Ann Gillette Jenkins

Published 8:16 pm Saturday, September 6, 2014

September 3, 2014

Ann Gillette Jenkins passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Virginia Beach after an extended illness. She was born Feb. 20, 1935, in Suffolk, to the late Fenton and Josephine Thompson Gillette.Ann with Joey (2)

She is survived by her former husband, Walter, along with three sons and their spouses, Walter III and Lynn, Steven and Barbara, and Michael and Cagri. She was loved by six grandsons, Christopher and wife Crystal, Walter Earl IV and Wendy, David and wife Becky, Julian, Matthew and Phillip. She adored her 10 great-grandchildren, Christopher, Heather, James, Daniel, Elizabeth, Kaylyn, Joshua, Nicholas, David and Holly, and one great-great-grandchild, Takyiah.


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Much of her childhood was spent in Norfolk, and as an adult, she enjoyed many years in Suffolk. She loved the beach at Ocean View and vacationing on Gwynn’s Island. In 1989, Ann moved to Kansas City, where she served the Lord as a missionary with Stonecroft Ministries. There she found true happiness, made many wonderful friends and traveled extensively throughout the country. She attended Suffolk Presbyterian and Colonial Presbyterian in Kansas City; most recently she was a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. She was also active in the Christian Women’s Club and the Suffolk Chapter of the Eastern Star. Since the 1950s, she regularly played cards with several special friends in Suffolk.

A memorial service will be conducted by Dr. Keith Curran on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1885 Bridge Road, Suffolk. A reception will be held following the service at the church. Following the service, the family will receive friends at the home of Steve and Barbara Jenkins.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.