By HDN Staff
CHINOOK Elinor M. Jenks, 84, died Oct. 9, 2000 at a Chinook nursing home of natural causes.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the American Lutheran Church in Chinook. Burial will follow in the Kuper Memorial Cemetery.
Jenks was born Nov. 1, 1915 at Viroqua, Wis. to Elmer and Helen (Balstad) Nixon. She went to country schools in the area. Her father died in 1923 and her mother returned to teaching in country schools.
After her first year of high school, her mother died and Jenks moved to the farm two of her brothers had in Montana. She graduated from Hogeland High School and joined her family members in Detroit the next year. She worked for an investment firm there until returning to Montana in 1936.
She married Max Jenks in Hogeland on Sept. 6, 1936. The lived in Great Falls and returned to Hogeland in 1943. They farmed with his parents, then bought the land themselves. They lived on their farm until retiring to Chinook in 1986. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 1996.
Jenks enjoyed ceramics, church work and school athletics.
Survivors include her husband, Max Jenks of Chinook; sons, James Jenks of Hogeland and Jack Jenks of Missoula; daughter Beth Petrie of Chinook; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Lutheran Church or to the Chinook Senior Citizens Center.
Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.arrangements.