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Kay (Charlotte) Jenkins

Kay passed away Sunday, March 21, 2021 at her home in Plainwell.

She was born December 24, 1938 in Henry, South Dakota, the daughter of Fred and Genevieve (Cosgrove) Davis. Kay was a 1956 Plainwell High School graduate and attended Kalamazoo Practical Nurse Center where she received her LPN license. On September 14, 1957 at the Plainwell United Methodist Church, she married Ronald Jenkins, her childhood friend who walked her to her first day of Kindergarten.

She worked at Pipp Hospital and the “Clinic” in Plainwell until retirement. After retiring, she continued to work at various jobs in Kalamazoo, but Kay’s real work was for the Lord. She had a steadfast faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and it was woven into everything she did. By the grace of God, she was able to maintain strong relationships with neighbors, friends and family.

As a mom, she always had room on the calendar to watch grandkids or go to one of their events. She absolutely loved reading, singing, listening to music and attending musical theater and concerts. She also loved her dolls, one of which she was holding on her last day.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Donna Lou Davis and Jeanine Boulter-Lindeman.

Kay will be lovingly remembered by her husband Ron Jenkins; children, Jeffrey (Julia) Jenkins, Dawn (Brian) Roblyer, and Susan (Nathan) Steffen; 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; siblings, Fred Davis, Don (Donna) Davis, and Joanne Davis along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with Kay’s family starting at 12:00 P.M., Thursday, March 25, 2021 at the First Baptist Church of Plainwell until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 P.M., with Pastor George Osborn officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Kay may be made to the First Baptist Church of Plainwell.

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Denver Towne

March 22, 2021 at 12:16 pm

So sorry for your loss, what a kind, caring person.


Sally A Kenyon-Laws

March 22, 2021 at 12:39 pm

Always remember Kay from the Methodist church in Plainwell. Such a sweet, kind & caring family. Will always remember the Halloween party at there home when I was young, great times. So sorry to hear of Kay’s passing


Terry VanLent

March 22, 2021 at 1:35 pm

Kay was my nurse when I gave birth to my son Timmy…she actually delivered him before the dr, came! She was a wonderful caring nurse and person…I am so sorry for you loss, I will pray for God to bless you with peace in knowing she is with our Lord


Mrs. Jim Hewitt. (Patti Khodl)

March 22, 2021 at 1:55 pm

Oh I am so very sorry to read this. Kay was such a sweetheart! Always pleasant, gentle and kind. Knew her starting at Pipp Community Hospital, thru working at the doctors’ Clinic next door, and working in the eye doctors office in Kalamazoo. How endearing to read that Ron walked her to her first day in Kindergarten! I never knew that! They were meant to be a couple! What a loss for her family, Kay was a gem! My heart goes out to you! Hugs and prayers.


julie j shannon

March 22, 2021 at 2:17 pm

Kay was such a Beautiful Human Being. I’m so sorry to the Family for their loss Especially Ron and Susan!! Thinking of you all!!


Therese (Niedzielski) Whitney

March 22, 2021 at 2:19 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. May God’s comforting arms surround you with peace and love. Prayers will be said for the entire family and friends of Kay.


Lillian Sibbersen

March 22, 2021 at 3:09 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. Her tortured brain was finally put to rest. I always was fond of Kay in HighSchool and had contact with her at the Methodist church when I lived in Plainwell. Such a sweet person! My condolences to Ron and the rest of her family.


Sandra Willis

March 22, 2021 at 5:14 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ron and the family. She was a dear friend and neighbor.

Gene & Sandy Willis and Family


Diane Pike+

March 22, 2021 at 6:01 pm

Ron, Jeff and Julia, Dawn and Susan,

I’m so sorry for your loss. Kay was an angel on earth. I always remember her laugh! She had a kind word for everyone and her gentleness of spirit is how I will remember her.

Thank you for sharing her with so many of us.


Diane Pike+

March 22, 2021 at 6:05 pm

Ron, Jeff and Julia, Dawn and Susan,

I’m so sorry for your loss. Kay was an angel on earth. I always remember her laugh! She had a kind word for everyone and her gentleness of spirit is how I will remember her.

Thank you for sharing her with so many of us.

May God receive Kay into loving arms, and let Light perpetual shine on her.


Randal Honeysett

March 22, 2021 at 8:40 pm

Sorry Jeff and Julia, I pray you can some how find peace in this most difficult of times.


Julie Meyer (Amidon)

March 22, 2021 at 8:45 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.


Nola Kirvan Harps

March 22, 2021 at 9:30 pm

This is so sad to here. I’ve known Charlotte Kay all my life. It was always a good day when we would meet. Usually at the all school reunion. She will be missed by everyone that knew her. Prayers for all her family.


Betty Alia

March 23, 2021 at 7:50 am

Such a dedicated wife, mom and grandma. She was just lovely in every way. She is with her Savior now, happy and blessed. My condolences to all of you.


Dave and Carole Culver

March 23, 2021 at 10:15 am

We are in Florida and are sorry we can’t be there to show that we care. May your faith in God and the love you share with family and friends help you all to become whole and happy again soon.


Terry Whitney

March 23, 2021 at 5:35 pm

Kay was a great person and a great person to work with at the clinic. She was a lot of fun.te


Anthony William Gless

March 23, 2021 at 8:38 pm

Kay was my classmate. She and I were class officers. She was secretary and I was vice-president of the Plainwell High School class of 1956. Because our class president lived out of town, Kay and I planned our class reunions. We worked well together. She and her husband, Ron, kept excellent records of information about our classmates. At our reunions we would have a time that we called “roll call”. Kay would go down the list and give us an update on each of our classmates. Chris Madden and I have inherited that information and the task of keeping it updated. I already miss this dear lovely lady. God doesn’t make them any better than Kay. God’s peace and comfort to Ron and the rest of the family.


Anne Flegal Kirby

March 23, 2021 at 10:49 pm

What a delightful human being. She was always smiling. She was so caring and kind with a servant’s heart. My life has been better by knowing her for the past 60 plus years. My sincere sympathy to all who loved her.


Jan Mejeur

March 24, 2021 at 9:25 am

Love and prayers to Ron and family. Kay was such a kind and loving lady. I always enjoyed them so much when I cut their hair.


Judy Gates Hayes

March 24, 2021 at 10:29 am

So sorry to hear about your mother. She was a sweet caring person. Keep her memories close to your heart and she will be with you always. So sorry, Judy Gates Hayes


Jerry and Marilyn Fenner

March 24, 2021 at 11:30 am

Ron and Family – I was so sorry to get the phone call on Sunday morning about Kay. She was a very special person and

friend. She was such a wonderful person to be around.. Even though we shared the same birthday and was born the same year. I use to tease her about being much older than I was (4 fours older). She was always there for you when you needed someone. Thinking of you.


John and Nancy Jones

March 24, 2021 at 12:10 pm

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Jenkins family on the loss of Kay. Kay was a person with such a warm and welcoming heart and we will miss her dearly. Kay’s life was a testimony to the love of our Lord and an example for us to follow.


Howard & Jan Yake

March 24, 2021 at 2:10 pm

Kay was a dear friend to all of our family especially when we lived on B Ave. So many good memories we shared with her, Ron, Jeff, Dawn and Susan.

Our love and prayers.

Howard & Jan Yake family


Genni & Tom Plyley

March 24, 2021 at 9:54 pm

Susan, Nathan and Family,

Our hearts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

All our Love,

Genni & Tom Plyley


Jim and Karen Cance

March 24, 2021 at 10:08 pm

So sad to hear of her passing. She was always such a nice person. Blessings to the whole family.



March 25, 2021 at 3:51 am

Very sorry to hear of your loss. God will grant his Peace that is beyond all understanding to all of you. I ‘ll be praying for you.


Sue Root

March 25, 2021 at 9:28 am

I am so sorry for your loss. I certainly have many fond memories of Kay through youth group and pool parties at the house. May the memories that you have bring your comfort in the days ahead.


Reva and Don Aukerman

March 25, 2021 at 11:55 am

It’s so hard to lose a very best friend, whom you have gone from kindergarten all through high school As couples Kay and Ron and Don and I have enjoyed many hours of fun times to remember I will always remember her love for family and Jesus She is now in the presence of our Lord No more pain and confusion Praise our Lord!


Randy and Debbi Predum

March 25, 2021 at 12:52 pm

Kay was a beautiful lady full of gentleness and kindness. I remember the first time I met her and found out she and Ron were life-long friends with my husband’s family. I thought she was so sweet and set a wonderful Christian example to me as a woman of God. I don’t take that for granted and I praise God that she is with him, worshipping her Savior.

My prayers are for Ron and his family to find comfort and peace in knowing this.


Sharalyn Downing

March 26, 2021 at 12:40 pm

My prayers are with the family as just heard of your loss.

She was a wonderful person & got to know her when visiting family on B Ave.

My children played with the all the kids in neighborhood, they all had so much fun the the VP’S



Lisa Duncan

March 26, 2021 at 8:11 pm

It was a complete blessing to care for Kay. And see this family that she created come together to show her love, care, and support. Thinking and praying for you all dearly!


Darla Kay (Towne) Ykimoff

March 27, 2021 at 9:48 am

Kay was a wonderful, caring, Christian lady. We have many happy memories of her kindness and hospitality at the Jenkins’ Reunions. She set a great example of balancing a career and family.

Love and prayers for you, Ron, and your lovely family.

Tim and Darla Ykimoff


Steven and Sandy Schutte

March 29, 2021 at 5:45 pm

You are in our prayers, may God comfort you in your loss, knowing you will meet again


Marilyn Noble Lamborn

March 31, 2021 at 12:09 pm

Ron and Family:

So sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. She was such a sweet person. Cherish the many wonderful memories.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


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