Doris Ann Jenkins

Doris Ann Jenkins, age 69, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo., surrounded by her friends and family.

She was born on Nov. 2, 1946, to Denzil and Ortha (Morrison) Lawrence.

Doris is survived by her mother, Ortha; her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Lisa Jenkins; her daughter, Sheila Whitaker; one sister, Helen Persinger; three grandchildren, Brandon Jenkins, Kaitlyn Jenkins, and Josie Whitaker; and her special friend Ronnie (Tennessee) Folck.

She loved her family and was especially proud of her grandchildren. She had endless optimism and a witty sense of humor that kept even the most serious topics in perspective. Doris enjoyed spending time with friends, going to motorcycle rallies, and talking with the staff of Ava Place where she visited her mother daily.

A memorial service and inurnment at Ava Cemetery will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation by going to or by calling 646-497-2600.