Sylva Jenkins


November 19, 2019 - 9:55 AM

Sylva Alletie Jenkins, age 87, a resident of rural Blue Mound, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at her home. She was born July 13, 1932, with a twin sister Sarah, in Kansas City to Erma (Cooper) and James Hawkins.

Sylva met George Barker Jenkins, Jr. while attending Wyandotte High School her junior year, 1950, graduating in 1951. Sylva married George Sept. 26, 1952, in Kansas City, Kan. Sylva and George lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, from July 1954 to February 1957 while George served in the Navy, afterwards returning to Kansas City. Sylva worked several years as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone. She left work to become a homemaker. Sylva brought two sons into the world. Ronald Allen, 1960, and Sylla Clay, 1968. In 1972, Sylva and George moved their family to a farm south of Blue Mound.

Sylva was a woman of many talents: sewing, cooking, baking, gardening, flower arranging, artwork, teaching, raising chickens, reading, attending all events in support of her family. Sylva loved spending time with her sons and grandchildren, visiting Branson and traveling with her family.

Sylva was a devoted member and elder to her church, Community of Christ, including the Grandview and Mapleton congregations. Sylva loved her church family and served her church in many capacities. She shared her love and commitment to our Lord with everyone. One favorite way to share was through her famous chalk talks. Sylva put great importance on her work for the Lord.

Survivors include her sons, Ronald and companion, Kathryn, Sylla and wife Mary; sister Shirley Callahan and husband Les; brothers, Jimmy Hawkins and wife, Sherry, Don Hawkins and wife Pat; brother-in-laws Hulen Jenkins and wife Pat, Burly Jenkins and wife Marcia, Richard Jenkins and wife Carol; grandchildren Jodi Jenkins and companion, Carey, Jared Jenkins and wife Jessica, Jonna Jenkins and companion, Mike, Tyler Jenkins, Jamie Garza, Yansi Bailey and husband Walter, and Rocio. Sixteen great-grandchildren; Matthew, Jordan, Joshua, Mariah, Prestyn Jenkins, Preston Bailey, Katey, Trapper, Ruger, Thomas, Nahla, Levi, Reni, Cora, Kiley and Jace. Many close nieces, nephews, cousins, church family and friends.

Sylva was preceded in death by her twin sister Sarah Tharp; her husband George; her parents, and daughter-in-law Pamela Jenkins.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Mapleton Community of Christ. Burial will be in Mapleton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel. Contributions are suggested to Mapleton Community of Christ. Online condolences can be left at


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