Mildred Annette Jenkins
November 18, 1946 - February 23, 2023
“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore, we labour that whether present or absent, we may be accepted of Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:8-9 KJV
Mildred Annette Jenkins was born November 18, 1946 to the late James Millsap and the late Mildred Marigny Millsap in Covington, Louisiana. Mildred was the baby of ten siblings. Mildred graduated from Covington High School in 1964 and attended Dillard University. She worked for Winan Childcare Food Program until the program ended and she retired from working.
Mildred was one of the founding members of the House of Prayer and Life Church and remained a member until her passing, under the leadership of Pastor Kathryn Hart. She worked in many capacities in the church. Her responsibilities were vast, including a licensed and ordained deaconess, Youth Sunday School Teacher, choir director, pastor’s aide, and also manager of the church fellowship hall.
Mildred was, and will forever be, a great mother, not just to her four children, but to those whose life she played a role in rearing. She was affectionately called Mom, Nanna, Aunt Mil, Aunt Noo, and Momo.
Mildred married the late E. Lester Jenkins on May 23, 1970. To this union, five children were born. Together, they reared their children in church and instilled in them the importance of having an education. She would always say she “wished every Black child could go to college.”
Mildred leaves to cherish her precious memories upon her four children: Kyllie Jenkins and Sharhonda Brown of Baton Rouge, LA; Trei (Bianca) Jenkins of Franklinton, LA; Stephen (Chasity) Jenkins of Ponchatoula, LA; Oree Jenkins of Franklinton, LA; and Theresa Jenkins of San Antonio, TX. Her beloved brother, whom she cherished deeply, Walter Millsap of Slidell, LA; her sisters, Elma Jourdan of Bedico, LA, and Carlous (James) Wilkes of Garland, TX. Mildred also leaves her grandchildren whom she reared as her own, Dr. Tyre’ Jenkins and Anissa Jenkins of Baton Rouge, LA; Tyra Jenkins and Treiveanna Jenkins, Darell Lee, Jr. all of Baton Rouge, LA; Bryce Jenkins and Stephen Jenkins, Jr. of Ponchatoula, LA; and one great-grandchild, Chantel Cotton; a surrogate daughter, Cerrisa (Christopher) Burris; her best friend, Debra M. Tate; sisters-in-law, Johnnie Ruth Jenkins and Sarah Callahan; and brother-in-law Bruce Jenkins; and four godchildren. She leaves love to a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and those she crossed paths with during her life.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, E. Lester “Baba” Jenkins; her son Fitgerald Jenkins; her parents, James Millsap and Mildred Jackson; brothers, Leroy Millsap and Daris Millsap; sisters, Eva Bailey and Yvonne Austin; and son-in-law, Alvin Brown, Jr.
Funeral Services to honor her life and legacy will be held Saturday, March 4th, 2023, at 11:00 am at House of Prayer and Life Church, 1810 Greenlaw Avenue, Franklinton, Louisiana. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am until the time of funeral services. Pastor Kathryn Hart., Officiating. Interment PB Green Pinchback Magee Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Crain & Sons Funeral Home.
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