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Kathleen Elizabeth Jenks

May 7, 1962January 15, 2020
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Kathleen Elizabeth Jenks passed unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

Kathy was born in Tacoma, Washington on May 7, 1962 to Charles McCarthy and Teresa (Gallagher) McCarthy. Kathy attended St. Charles Borromeo, Curtis High School and graduated from Capital High School (Olympia) in 1980. She was a 1985 graduate of U of W with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority.

In 1985, she married Thomas Jenks. They have three children; Scott, Kristina (Desmarais), Shauna and two grandchildren. The family resided in Lynnwood and Snohomish while Tom worked for Boeing and Kathy as an elementary school teacher. Kathy taught in the Shoreline School District for 27 years, with the majority of the time at Meridian Park Elementary. In 2017 she was hired at Little Cedars Elementary in the Snohomish School District. She always leaned into and advocated for students that needed additional support to reach grade level goals.

Kathy enjoyed life and was a devoted wife and mother. The family enjoyed time together at the kids’ sporting events, camping, and vacationing. Recently Tom and Kathy spent time together golfing, attending Broadway plays at the Paramount and Everett Silvertips games and gathering with family and friends.

Kathy is survived by her parents Charles and Teresa, sisters Barbara Thompson, Kelly Bell, Patricia Thies and her brothers Stephen McCarthy and Daniel McCarthy.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, you consider a donation to Operation School Bell.

Kathy will be laid to rest in the Queen Anne Columbarium, Wisteria Room, adjacent to Butterworth Funeral Home, 520 W. Raye St., Seattle, WA.

Services

  • Coffee Meet and Greet with the Family Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Memorial Mass Friday, January 31, 2020

Memories

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janette sande

February 23, 2020

I remember Kathy & her family when I lived in Lynnwood, back in 1989 & more. Her daughter & mine would play together & I remember having Halloween & other neighborhood functions at their home, or another neighbor close by. Kathy was always such a bright light in my life at that time & I will miss her on this earth. Please accept my sympathy for your loss, I will always remember her & your family as part of my life too. Bless you

Jen Adam

February 4, 2020

Mrs. Jenkins was my son Zach’s 2nd grade teacher at Meridian Park Elementary. We had just moved to Shoreline. As a new student to the school Kathy made Zach feel so welcomed from day one. She was a very special teacher, and we were so blessed in so many ways during that school year. They developed quite a close bond, Zach has told me many times that she will always be one of his favorite teachers. I know he would stop by to visit and kept in touch with her while she was still teaching at MP. Thank you Kathy for being such an amazing inspiration to me! I am still working to get my bachelors degree and teaching certification. I would love to possibly teach second grade someday... I know you will be missed so much by so many. Keeping your family/friends In our thoughts & prayers. Rest In Peace! ❤️

Casey Cerezo

January 30, 2020

My son, Chase, is in Kathy's current class this year, as well as last year. They developed a very special bond last year and we were so blessed to continue that this school year. Chase requires additional social/emotional support and Kathy was 100% that support for him. I knew in sending my child to school every day that he had a teacher that loved him for who he is and saw the best in him no matter what. That is so special and hard to find. She could look at him and know what he was thinking, feeling, and what he needed, without them saying a word to each other. Their connection was undeniable and anyone who spent any time around the two of them together knew that. Chase misses her SO deeply.

I volunteered in her classroom every week for the past two schools years. She was one of the most genuine, loving, and beautiful people I have ever met. I love how fun she made class and how upbeat and positive her classroom was. Kathy is truly irreplaceable and will forever be in our hearts.

To the Jenks family: THANK YOU for sharing your wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, with my baby boy every day. She has left a lasting impact on him that will last a lifetime.

Love,

Chase & Casey Cerezo

Heather Mauermann

January 29, 2020

Kathy was my sons teacher last year. She was truly amazing. I volunteered in her class weekly and always enjoyed chatting with her. We often chatted about her family-it was clear they meant the world to her. She was such a fun teacher and my son Rowan adored her, as I think all of her students did. Even this year she would give Rowan a hug everyday when she saw him-and we would always stop and chat when we passed each other in the hallway (or she would wave me into her classroom to come say hi.) My thoughts and prayers to her beautiful family during this terribly difficult time. Kathy touched so many lives in such a positive way and I am so grateful our paths connected at Little Cedars.

Barb Thompson

January 27, 2020

Kathy was my younger sister. We were just one year apart exactly or as Kathy would say "we were one year and 20 minutes apart." She would also remind me that she was my birthday present. Years later, she called me and said she had been to a class and discovered that we were Irish twins (born on the same day).
Kathy was outgoing, athletic, caring, and a lot of times the event planner of the family. She would always offer to host any event at her house. Her greatest success was not only as a teacher but as a wonderful wife, mom and grandma.
I will miss Kathy, and I have so many wonderful memories with Kathy that I will cherish for a lifetime.

Barb Thompson

January 27, 2020

Karyn Rasmussen

January 26, 2020

My thoughts are with all of the Jenks family. My mother, Kathy’s aunt-in-law, had a special place in her heart for Kathy. “What a beautiful family, so kind to each other”, she would say. We will remember her ready smile. Roger Dahlke, Mike & Karyn Rasmussen

Kelly Bell

January 26, 2020

Kathy Jenks was a mother and Grandmother. She loved to talk about her Grandkids Luke and Hudson. Over Christmas and New Years her and Tom spent the night with their son Scott and daughter in law Kimmy. She talked about the kids waking her up with a book in hand. It would be much earlier then she would ordinarily get up but would be happy to get up and read the book from start to finish. Not only once but twice. Attached was a cute plaque I picked up for my mom to give to Kathy and Tom. She loved it. She showed it to me as a picture on her phone no less then two times. Love you sis.
Kelly Bell

XOXO

Julie Bailey

January 26, 2020

Dear McCarthy Family, Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos of Kathy. What a wonderful reflection of her life. I knew her from the neighborhood and school and she definitely had a funny sense of humor. She was always Barb's little sister to me however she was such a sweet "little sister". I'm keeping your family close to my heart. My prayers for your beautiful family.

Kelly Bell

January 26, 2020

Kathy Jenks was 1 of 6 kids. Barb, Kathy, Kelly, Patty, Steve and Dan. This is Kelly and I have so many fond memories I could write a book.
Kathy was my sister and a friend.
Here is one that comes to mind. Kathy, Barb and I all were meeting up to go to WSU to the Apple cup football game. I was in my early 20s. Kathy and I decided to carpool to meet up with Barb. I offered to drive. At the time I had a mustard yellow beater car with many defects. On our way to meet up with Barb on the freeway it started to rain. I looked at Kathy and said "Oh, oh I forgot to tell you my windshield wipers don't work." We both rolled our window down and helped move the windshield wipers to clear the rain from the windshield. We got drenched. You would have thought we were miserable with getting wet and all but instead we were laughing so hard it made our stomaches hurt. This memory is one her and I would share over the years and still get a belly laugh over.
I have included a picture of me, Steve and Kathy at a family gathering. My second picture is Kathy with her sisters- Barb, Patty and Kelly.

XOXO
Kelly Bell

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