February 20, 2020
Gladys Alvina Viola Jenkins was born June 23, 1923 at Deshler, Neb.,to Walter C. and Lydia H. (Tamme) Hillman.
She attended Peace Lutheran and Deshler Lutheran schools. She graduated with the Class of 1942. On Feb. 5, 1946. Gladys was united in marriage to LeRoy C. Jenkins at Salina by Reverend Holges. To this union two daughters were born, Sandra and Carol.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, LeRoy; two brothers, Otto and Alvin Hillman; her sister, Joyce Schilling; sisters-in-law, Gladys (Bartles) Hillman and Nadine Hillman; brother-in-law, DeWayne Schilling; and son-in-law, Ronald Mammen.
Gladys is survived by her daughters, Sandra (Don) Spitler and Carol Mammen of Deshler; Four grandchildren, Kimberly (Bobby) Fayle, Deshler; Kathleen (Jon) Marquart, Byron; Kristina (Andre) Legere, Beatrice; Bryce (Betty) Mammen, Deshler; 10 great-grandchildren, Danielle (Jacob) Cathey, Amanda (Jeremy) Grant, Brody Fayle, Caleb Durflinger, Kelsey Durflinger and friend Chad Fleming, Coleton and Keira Marquart, Hayden, Danton and Alexis Cox; seven great-great-grandchildren: Braeden Fayle, Anakin Grant, Jaece and Jaelyn Fleming, Archer Durflinger, and twins Declan and Everleigh Cathey; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Gladys enjoyed time with her family. She enjoyed visits from family and friends while hospitalized and residing in Parkview Haven Nursing Home. She worked in the Deshler Broom Factory where she painted handles for the toy brooms. She did ironing in her home for several Deshler families. She enjoyed gardening, canning, embroidery, doing crossword puzzles, word search books and putting jigsaw puzzles together. At Parkview, Gladys enjoyed playing bingo, horse racing and table volleyball.
Gladys was in her home until December of 2018 when she fell and broke her hip. Following six weeks of therapy at Tabitha in Lincoln, Neb., she returned to Deshler only to fall and break her hip once again. She then needed continual care and so she went to live in Parkview Haven in Deshler. As her health continued to fail, her life of 96 years came to a close Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 while residing at Parkview Haven.
Her funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 12, at Peace Lutheran Church in Deshler with Pastor Dennis Reich officiating. Interment followed the funeral in Peace Lutheran Cemetary, Deshler.
Memorials go to Peace Lutheran Church, Deshler. Ahrendts Funeral Home, Deshler, was in charge of arrangements.