RICHVILLE -- Karen Elaine Jenkins, age 65, of Richville, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 15, 2019 surrounded by her family, at Burlington Medical Center in Vermont.
Calling hours will be on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at French Funeral Home, Gouverneur. The funeral service will immediately follow at 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Beth Quick officiating.
Karen was born on June 22, 1954 in Gouverneur, NY to the late Darrell and Esther (MacTurk) Stevenson. She graduated from Gouverneur Central School in 1973. She married Harold Jenkins Jr. in November of 1978 at the Gouverneur United Methodist Church.
Karen worked for 34 years at United Helpers in Canton as a certified nurses’ aide. She enjoyed reading, spending time with her family, bowling, traveling and going on cruises and going to the casino. Karen had a special fondness for Sylvia Lake. She also loved her two feline companions, Conrad and Mitten. Karen and her sisters had a very special bond.
She is survived by her husband, Harold; a son and his wife, Mark and Karen Jenkins; grandchildren, Jonathan, Kayla and Mike Howard and their children, Hayden, Ava and Quinn; Ashley and Dean Witherell and their children, Joey, Connor, and Mason; Thomas and Kylea Plantz and their children, Treyton, and Trevor; Richard Butts III and his son, Ricky IIII; two step children, Carrie and Scott Beaulieu a granddaughter, Kara; Cindy and Eric Parson and their children, Aidan and Madi; and four sisters, Sharon and Warren Lennox, Gagi and Thomas Pollina, Brenda Nowacki; Joanne and Eric Strobel.
Karen is predeceased by a sister, Mary Nier.
Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.