Peterson Funeral Chapel

Rose Ellen Jenkins, age 82 passed away peacefully April 16, 2022, shortly after being diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. She was born March 10, 1940, in Okanogan, Washington to Gleason and Iva Lee (Smith) Bowling. Her family moved back to Missouri where she spent her younger days in the Crane area. She married Donnie Roy Jenkins June 20, 1957, in Aurora, Missouri.

Rose and Donnie spent most of their married life in Verona where they owned and operated Jenkins Cabinet Shop from the early 1970’s until they retired in the year 2000. Rose played an integral part in the financial side of the business as well as working in the shop sanding cabinets to a smooth finish and was fondly known as “Inspector 13” to some of the employees.

Over the years she and her husband enjoyed traveling the country on motorcycles as part of a local club and camping with family and friends. She loved to paint and idolized Bob Ross whom she had the good fortune of meeting in person. More than anything, she enjoyed getaways with her daughter - whether it was shopping or attending a movie, show or concert. She never met a stranger, and was known for her sweet disposition and smile, always making people laugh and cracking herself up in the process. She had a wicked sense of humor and a tendency to misbehave on occasion. Those that knew her best, knew she loved with her whole heart and was fiercely loyal and protective.

Rose was an active member of Verona Baptist Church. She is survived by Donnie, her husband of 64 years; daughter and son-in-law LaDonna and David Buzard; grandson Randon Jones and his fiancé Traci Jones; She is Gigi to Destiny, Mason, and Clayton Withnell, and Kenzi, Khloe, and Kiley Jones. She was loved and will be missed by numerous nieces, nephews, and beloved friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Verona Baptist Church under the care of Peterson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Spring River Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. in the church and again from 1:00 p.m. until service time Thursday in the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rose’s name to one of her favorite charities,  St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or The American Cancer Society.