Althea Jenkins, 94, Huntingdon, and formerly of Orbisonia, died at 9:43 p.m., Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Meadowview Manor, McVeytown.
Born April 11, 1917, in Clear Ridge, she was a daughter of the late Hayes and Mary (Miller) Locke. She was united in marriage to Robert New, who preceded her in death while serving in the armed forces during World War II. Her second marriage was to Donald E. Jenkins August 3, 1947, in Six Mile Run. He preceded her in death April 6, 1976.
She is survived by one daughter, Eva Mary Gresko, and husband Stanley, Huntingdon; two stepchildren: Vivian Foster and husband Kenneth, Six Mile Run; and Donald E. “Butch” Jenkins and wife Christy, Bowden, Alberta, Canada; 11 grandchildren: Miranda Peruso, Damien Gresko, Charles Foster, Kenneth “Genie” Foster, Dawn “Bunny” Clark, Cindy Foster, Shannon Foster, Leslie French, Kimberly Nelson, Kathryn Williams and Tyler Jenkins; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by a sister, Anna Diak, Youngstown, Ohio, and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, William Locke, and a sister, Alberta Maher.
She was a member of Orbisonia Presbyterian Church.
Very active in civic and community affairs, she was a life member and past president of the American Legion Post No. 518, Rockhill; Standing Stone VFW Post No. 1756, Huntingdon; Huntingdon County Republican Committee; and the Business Professional Women’s Association. She was also a life member for 58 years of the Order of the Eastern Star, Mount Union Chapter No. 280, where she served as a past worthy matron; an honorary member of Order of Eastern Star, Cromwell Chapter No. 549; a member and past royal patron of the Juniata Valley Court No.1 21, Order of Amaranth, Huntingdon; and a past member of the Rebekah Lodge, Three Springs.
She attended Robertsdale High School and graduated from Huntingdon Secretarial School.
Her first employment was as a nanny in the Bronx, New York City. She then returned to the area and became employed with Swigart Insurance Agency, Huntingdon. She also worked for Community State Bank, Orbiosnia; Owens-Corning Fiberglass, Huntingdon; and Sagner’s of McConnellsburg. She also served as secretary for the Orbisonia-Rockhill Burial Association for many years.
She enjoyed bingo and canning and was known for her special pickles and Indian relish. Her family and friends will remember her for her giving ways and willingness to help her friends and neighbors. One of her most cherished memories was seeing Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth play baseball at Yankee Stadium while living in New York City.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, May 2, at Robert D. Heath Funeral Home, Mount Union. Rev. Father George Koharachik officiated. Burial was made in Haven Reset Memorial Park, Shirleysburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Order of Amaranth Diabetes Research, c/o Leora Hoffman, 352 Hoffman Lane, Altoona, PA 16601; or the Order of the Eastern Star Fraternal Committee, c/o Orpha Kemmler, PO Box 181, Newton Hamilton, PA 17075.