Died: Thu., Sep. 26, 2013


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Tue., Oct. 01, 2013

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Oct. 01, 2013

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Betty Jenkins, a registered nurse with Bachelor  and Master of Science degrees, studied in London, England,  where she earned both her Registered Nurse and Midwifery Certification.
Betty married United States Military serviceman, James Jenkins in 1959.  From this union, two sons were born, James Calvin Jenkins who preceded her in death and Mark Jerome Jenkins. To Betty nothing was more important than family. The mother of two exceptional athletic sons, Betty became a sports fanatic attending every game as the most charismatic cheerleader in the crowd.  She loved her granddaughters, Juanita Jenkins-Holland (Curtis) and Ebony Jenkins, more than life. Wherever you saw Betty, you saw her granddaughters. In later years, her adorable grandson, Calvin Antonio Jenkins, and great grandchildren, Nya Jenkins and Nevaeh Holland, became just as spoiled.
As a nurse, teacher, and business woman Betty saw a world uncolored by minority constraints. Always optimistic, Betty challenged others to dream big. She inspired others to realize their own highest potential. She saw no obstacle or challenge that could not be overcome as there simply were no limits in Betty eyes. For her youthful high school students Betty inspired future healthcare workers, doctors and nurses. Her lesson was of hope regardless of color, gender, or economic constraints. As an inspirational leader and co-founder of CareGivers, Inc., home health aids saw their future in nursing through the eyes of their mentor, coach, and friend, “Miss Betty.”
Betty judged no one and loved everyone.  With proud heritage in Trinidad-Tobago, she loved the spirit of Carnival. She never stopped dancing and dreamed of returning to the West Indies. An avid cook, we’ll all miss her curry chicken, pigeon peas, and coconut raisin bread.
Betty was a match-maker. If you were single, you would be paired up with someone she thought you should know. A fashionista Betty had a sense of flair. From hats and dresses to the meticulous use of color, texture, and decor in her home, Betty had style.  Don’t be caught looking silly, for Betty was the fashion police.
Betty was a proud member of Eastern Star Church in Indianapolis. In addition to those family members named above Betty leaves to cherish her memory a sister, Angela A. Wright, adopted son, Harlon J. Wilson, and family and friends across the United States, Canada and Trinidad.

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Corinne Shines
   Posted Sun September 29, 2013
Betty will always be remembered as a friend and wonderfully nice person. So very sorry for your loss and with sincere sympathy.

Corinne "coco" Shines

Jo Groves
   Posted Sun September 29, 2013
Please accept my sincere condolences on the death of Ms. Jenkins. She was a patient I took care of at the Healthy Aging Brain Clinic at Wishard. I found her to be elegant, articulate and had a very sharp wit. It was my pleasure to care for her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Blessings, Jo Groves RN

Mary Beth Schueth, M.D.
   Posted Mon September 30, 2013
It was my honor and privilege to know and care for Betty through the years. She was delightful and inspiring. I always looked forward to any day she was on my schedule!

Betty, I know you are now at peace which you so richly deserved. You will always have a very special place in my heart.

To the family and friends, I will keep you in my thoughts a prayers at this difficult time.

Dr. Schueth

Duane Etienne
   Posted Mon September 30, 2013
Dear Mark, and Betty's Caregivers family. I was privileged to work with Betty when I was CICOA CEO and visited more personally as a neighbor - Betty is a classy lady, smart, friendly and loving. Please accept my humble condolences and my prayers that you will find peace and joy in your memories!! Duane Etienne

Leonard Law
   Posted Tue October 01, 2013
Dear Calvin and Mark - My deepest condolences go out to both of you. I was told about your Mother's death and felt compelled to reach out to you. I hope you are well and living the kind of life that would make your Mother proud. David still lives in Indy and Lenny lives in Atlanta. Send me an e-mail if you would like to. In the meantime,take care of each other.

rhonda edelen
   Posted Thu October 03, 2013
to the Jenkins family... i send this verse to you from the Bible to strengthen and encourage you....this is what jesus said to mary "I am the resurrection and the life. he that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life; and everyone that is living and exercises faith in me will never die at all. Do you believe this?...John 11;25,26

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