LEXINGTON, Ky. - Frances Josephine Susong Jenkins, wife of Lawrence C. Jenkins, passed away peacefully February 14 with her puppies Lillipop and Weezer by her side.
She is survived by her care giving son Larry C. Jenkins Jr., step-daughter, Dorothy Carol Jenkins, sister-in-law, Joan Susong, nephews Kenny D. Susong, Howard E. Olson, niece Rosemary Susong and her special friend Robert Bradley. Frances Jo was born in Morristown, TN on February 16, 1921. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, Nick & Mary Susong, sister, Dorothy Susong Olson, and brothers, Leslie Susong & Darrell Susong, nephew, Dr. Holvar E. Olson. Frances Jo graduated from Lindenwood College of St. Louis, MO in 1941 with a degree in business. She worked for Mallinckrodt Chemical Co, St. Louis, MO., KY Department of Welfare and the Division of Children’s Institutions, Frankfort, KY. Frances Jo was twice President of Women’s Club of Central KY and one time President of Lexington Symphony Women’s League. She inaugurated the first fund raising Style Show for WCCK in March 1961 and the Bluegrass Charity Ball in December 1961. She was Fayette County Chairwoman for the Gubernatorial Campaigns of Happy Chandler and Harry Lee Waterfield. The Chandler Campaign registered the largest voter percentage of 97 % which still stands today. She was the first Museum Curator for her family home, Ward Hall in Georgetown. She is one of three women to be included in the 100 year time capsule in the Civic Center. Frances Jo was a member of WCCK, Lexington Country Club, Central Christian Church, Griffin Gate Garden Club and DAR. The family would like to thank the many people who helped on her many projects as well as those who helped with her care.
Visitation will be Friday, February 22, from 4-7 PM at Milward-Broadway. Services will be held on Saturday, 11 AM the Mausoleum in the Lexington Cemetery with a reception to follow at Griffin Gate Clubhouse from 12-2. In lieu flowers, please make donations to the Ward Hall Preservation Foundation (wardhall.net or PO Box 1957, Georgetown, KY 40324).
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