Edward W. Jenkins

December 20, 1933December 30, 2013

Jenkins, Edward W., 80, of Largo, Florida, passed away Dec. 30, 2013 following a 5-year battle with leukemia. Ed is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Mary Lou, their six children Mike (Mary), Sue (Don), Debbie (Joe), Tom (Joann), Bob (Christi), and Kevin (Stacey), eleven grandchildren, two sisters and one brother, and many other relatives and friends. He was raised in Williamsville, New York, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years during the Korean War. Upon leaving the service, Ed enrolled at Michigan State University where he met his wife, Mary Lou, while they waited in line to enroll in an honor’s English class during their first semester. Ed earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering through the honor’s program at Michigan State University in 1959. After graduation, he worked for IBM for 35 years in a variety of marketing and management positions until 1994. Ed and Mary Lou then retired to Florida. He loved volunteering at Morton Plant Hospital, driving a tram and meeting the patients and visitors; Ed enjoyed helping them find their way on the busy campus. Ed and Mary Lou also delivered Meals on Wheels for twelve years until his health issues prevented him from continuing his volunteer activities. Ed loved spending time with his family – family always came first, as it was the focus of his life. For leisure time, he enjoyed playing tennis, was excellent at completing challenging crossword puzzles and he was a voracious reader. Ed loved watching MSU basketball games and he made every effort to watch, or listen to, as many Detroit Tiger baseball games as he could, being a passionate fan since his teen years. A lifelong Catholic, Ed was a member of St. Justin Martyr Church in Florida. A memorial service and inurnment will take place this summer at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Saline, Michigan, where he had lived and raised his family for 28 years.


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Carol Bilbie

January 10, 2014

Mary Lou and Kids, I was so very sorry to hear of Ed's passing. The memories of the kids growing up, playing cards, and having a few brews at Big Daddy's will always hold a special place in my heart. All my love and prayers to you. I will look forward to seeing you all this summer in Saline.

Tammy Searles

January 9, 2014

So sorry to lose such a wonderful man. It was a pleasure caring for him and getting to know you all. He will be missed dearly.

January 7, 2014

Dear Mary Lou-My sympathy to you for your loss of Ed.. Your memories you have for all those years will sustain you.
Helen Pratt

January 6, 2014

Dear Mary Lou, Odey said he saw you at church yesterday but didn't get a chance to speak with you. We were sorry to learn of Ed`s passing and just heard when Odey went to tennis this morning. If there is anything we can do to help you, please give us a call. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Lois & Odey

January 5, 2014

Dear Mary Lou It was with deep sorrow when we learned of your loss.. It was always a pleasure to spend time with you and Ed. Fran and Bob Purdy

January 5, 2014

So sorry Mary Lou and kids,many fond memories that go back 70 years. Will be in touch. Gpd bless all. Love cousins Peggy Heverin and Mike Faul

January 5, 2014

Dear Mary Lou,
I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's death. I know how dedicated you were to him during his illness. We have missed seeing you at the library.
Your library friend,
Pat Garrity

January 4, 2014

Dear Mary Lou and family
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.May you find comfort in your good memories and loving family. Ann McIntosh

Phil Rico

January 1, 2014

Dear Aunt Mary Lou, Michael, Tom, Debbie, Susie, Bob, and Kevin,

My condolences for your loss, or should I say our loss as Uncle Ed will be missed by all the family as well as his friends, undoubtedly. Although I have not seen him in quite some time, Uncle Ed was always a true Jenkins in the spirit that would do his father proud: intelligent, strong-willed and with a great sense of humor . . . traits of a true Jenkins. Uncle Ed's legacy carries on in the spirit of his family, which I understand is quite accomplished and successful. I am sure that the Jenkins fortitude will carry you through these difficult times. Think about the good times (like the story that Uncle Dan likes to tell of the two of them out-running an Ontario Provincial Police Ford with Grandpa's Packard. I can write this now because I am sure the statute of limitation has expired).

Best wishes.