Vanessa Ann Jenk­ins

Dorchester Star - - Obituaries -

CAM­BRIDGE — Vanessa Ann Jenk­ins, tran­si­tioned from la­bor to re­ward, Tues­day, Nov. 1, 2016, at Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Cam­bridge, MD.

She was born Sept. 14, 1954 in Cam­bridge, MD, daugh­ter of Rev. Marvel El­liott Travis and the late Arvil Jenk­ins. She was ed­u­cated in the pub­lic school sys­tem of Dorchester County.

Vanessa ac­cepted the Lord at a young age at Union Chapel AME Church in Cord­town, MD, and was cur­rently an ac­tive mem­ber of Zion Bap­tist Church in Cam­bridge. Vanessa loved her pas­tor and her church fam­ily. Her fa­vorite hymn was “I Won’t Com­plain.”

She was em­ployed for many years at Rob Roy & Com­pany un­til they re­lo­cated. Vanessa was a sub­sti­tute teacher for the Dorchester County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion. Her last place of em­ploy­ment was with the Dorchester County De­ten­tion Cen­ter, where she worked un­til her health failed.

Vanessa could cook and loved to cook and care for her fam­ily as well as mem­bers in the com­mu­nity. She was a com­pas­sion­ate per­son that was al­ways con­cerned about other peo­ple’s well be­ing. She had a heart of gold and would give you her last. When­ever there was some­thing go­ing on at her home church in Cord­town you would find Vanessa in the kitchen do­ing what she loved best.

She loved to sing and sang as of­ten as she could. The first group she sang with was the Cam­bridge Com­mu­nity Choir. Vanessa sang with the Zion Bap­tist Mass Choir, C.J. Branch Singers, The Fifty Voices Choir of Union Chapel, The Singing An­gels and The Renette Gospel Singers.

Vanessa leaves a legacy of love and mem­o­ries to her mother, Rev. Marvel Travis; a de­voted hus­band that stood by her side dur­ing her ill­ness, Evans Sharp; three daugh­ters: Shonda Jenk­ins (Stone Moun­tain, GA); Anika Jenk­ins and Rasheka Molock, both of Cam­bridge; three adopted daugh­ters: Ros­alyn Jones Samp­son; Bon­nie Foxwell and Vonzella Thomas; six grand­chil­dren: JaBron Moore, Efrem Mur­ray Jr., and Ciar Camper, whom she raised as her own, Keizye Collins, JaZion Molock and Akeem Davis; four great grand­chil­dren; two brothers: Ty­rome El­liott (San­dra), Baltimore, MD and Charles Jack­son (Sal­is­bury, MD); two sis­ters: Mar­garet Simms (Tommy), Baltimore, MD, and Re­nako Ran­dall (Baltimore, MD); one aunt that she looked up to as a se­cond mother, Pen­sacola Samp­son; two un­cles: Pales­tine El­liott Sr. (Mary), Oden­ton, MD and Fred­er­ick El­liott (Con­stance), Cam­bridge; three nieces: Kian Ran­dall and Lau­ren El­liott (both of Baltimore) and Cristi Car­ruthers, At­lanta, GA; three neph­ews: Kenny and Ryan El­liott (both of Baltimore) and Lavone Ward Sr. (Ca­tonsville, MD); close and de­voted friends, Dar­lene Wa­ters, Lau­rie, Lynette Samp­son, Brenda, Doris and Sheila Ab­bott and Shel­lie Mathias; four adopted sis­ters: Elsie An­der­son, Con­stance El­liott, Carla Young, Daphne Dol­berry and Brenda Fore­man and a host of de­voted cousins, other rel­a­tives and dear friends.

She was pre­ceded in death by her fa­ther, Arvil Jenk­ins, a sis­ter, Bev­erly El­liott, a brother, Ter­rence Jenk­ins, a niece, Teresa Straw­berry and sev­eral aunts and un­cles.

Ser­vices will be held at 1 p.m. Saturs­day, Nov. 5, at Bethel AME Church, 623 Pine St., Cam­bridge, with a view­ing from 6 to 8 p.m. Fri­day at Zion Bap­tist Church, 600 Cross St., Cam­bridge, and two hours prior to ser­vice on Satur­day. In­ter­ment in Cord­town Ceme­tery.

Con­do­lences sent to www.hen­ry­fu­ner­al­


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