Bettie N. Jenkins, 89, of Bellefontaine, passed away Friday evening, January 17, 2014 at Logan Acres Care Center. She was born in Bellefontaine on February 5, 1924 to the late Frank and Doris (Orr) Rockwell. She was also preceded in death by her former husband, Donald Leslie Jenkins in 1991.
Bettie was a 1942 graduate of Bellefontaine High School and was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Bellefontaine. As a young woman, she loved dancing to the big band sounds at the Indian Lake Moonlight Terrace Gardens.
In the early 1950s, Bettie and Don owned and operated a small neighborhood grocery on East Auburn Ave. in Bellefontaine. She retired from full time employment with the JC Penney Company in 1986 and continued to work another 6 years part time, totaling 32 years.
Bettie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Choyce and Charles Earick of Bellefontaine; two grandchildren and their spouses: Lesli and Bill Harris and Leah and Brian Lirette, all of Bellefontaine; and, two great-grandchildren, Liam and Bryce Harris.
Visitation will be held at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 4-6pm. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date at the Huntsville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Rutan Hospital Foundation, 205 Palmer Ave., Bellefontaine or the Tri-County CAC Meals On Wheels program, 125 E. Patterson Ave., Bellefontaine.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.