With sadness we share the passing of Virginia “Ginny” Rector Jenkins, a resident of Westminster-Canterbury of Richmond, Virginia, on Feb. 11, 2021 at the age of 92. Born in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of Thomas and Marion Rector. Ginny was preceded in death by her parents and by her sister, Nancy Rector Inman.
Ginny married the love of her life, Charles Dimmock Jenkins, on July 6, 1950, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Richmond, and they enjoyed decades of happiness until his death in 2019. Ginny and Charles raised their family in Appalachia, the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and ultimately Baltimore, Md., as Charles advanced in his field of hospital administration. Together, they loved the water and enjoyed retirement on the coastal waters of Wilmington, N.C., and the Chesapeake Bay in Mathews, Va., returning to Richmond in 2005.
Ginny is survived by her three children, Marion Jenkins Perrier (Jean) of Montreal, Canada, Matthew Dimmock Jenkins (Betty) of Richmond, and David Klayer Jenkins (Lisa), also of Richmond; six grandchildren, Erica (Laura) of Paris, France, David (Marie) of Montreal, Thomas (Colleen) of Mathews, Taylor (Iziar) of Charlotte, N.C., Connor and Ryan of Richmond, and three great-grandchildren.
Ginny and Charles were classmates at Ginter Park Elementary School and Thomas Jefferson High School. Ginny graduated from RPI, now VCU, in 1949 with a degree in psychology. She devoted her life to many volunteer activities, including fundraising for the National Symphony Orchestra, as a member of two hospital auxiliaries, as a reading tutor, and as a quilter.
Ginny loved reading, Puccini operas, gardening and travel. We remember Ginny for her devotion to her family, her warm smile and her superb cooking, including her oft-requested homemade biscuits.
We are especially grateful to the caring staff of Westminster-Canterbury, particularly Parson’s Health Care, Avalon and the Gables. Their kindness, dedication and compassion immeasurably enhanced the lives of both Ginny and Charles.
Respecting their wishes, a graveside service will be held when travel restrictions allow family from afar to gather in Richmond and to jointly celebrate the lives and love of Ginny and Charles. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the WEAVE Program of the Westminster-Canterbury Foundation for the benefit of Westminster-Canterbury employees, 1600 Westbrook Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23227 or online at https://foundation.wcrichmond.org/senior-living-donations-richmond-va.