Sue Jenks quietly passed at Suncoast Hospice Center in Palm Harbor on Sunday afternoon. Sue is the daughter of Ervin and Ida Holder and she is survived by her daughter Sheila Engel (Doug) and her sons Carson Gregory III (Julie) and Alex Jenks (Pam). Gran had 4 grandchildren Lindsay Rosado, Shelby Gregory, Alexander Jenks and Natalie Jenks. Her first great grandchild is due in the summer of this year.
Sue was born in Coats, North Carolina in the early 1940s (she disputed this number). She was the 9th of 10 children and is survived by a brother and sister in NC, James Holder and Margie Herring. Sue married Carson Gregory Jr in 1960 and they had 2 children (Sheila and Trey). In 1966 Sue was widowed as Carson died of Cancer.
Sue went to Wake Holding Technical College to become a nurse and purchased a home in Raleigh NC. She later married and had her final child David Alexander Jenks in Raleigh in 1970. Sue and the family moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia for a couple of years before moving to Jacksonville FL in 1977. Sue remained in Jacksonville until 1983 where she moved to her home in St Petersburg. Sue enjoyed many years in St Pete where she worked in the medical field as a Nurse and Administrator. Sue’s path was constantly touched by her many friends and her close family. St Pete turned into a great option for her NC family to come and vacation and spend time. She received tremendous joy in sharing her life and her home with others. Everyone was welcome to come any time and stay as long as they wanted. Sue always had a smile and plenty of Goodwill to go around. She is remembered for her kindness and loving heart. She not only helped her family but her friends in the community also, especially in the complex where she lived. It was simple for her, she helped folks that needed it. She gave rides to her neighbors that needed it.
She volunteered at her grandchildren’s elementary schools. Sue was selfless and improved her corner of the world with her kindness and love for all she met.
Sue overcame a severe stroke in 2005 and spent the next year rehabbing to the point that she fully recovered. In 2016 she underwent surgery and beat Lung cancer. In 2017 she became a Breast Cancer Survivor as well. On Oct 4th of 2022, Sue had a major stroke that was just too much for her tiny body. Although her physical abilities were diminished after her many health issues she continued her outpouring of love and devotion to all those she knew. She is one of the strongest and most resilient people in the world.
The stroke was too severe and Sue ultimately entered Hospice Care on Jan 19. A celebration of Sue’s life will be held on Sunday 1/29 at the Town Apartments Rec Room. Sue’s ashes will be laid to rest at Montlawn Cemetery in Raleigh NC. A Memorial Service will be scheduled in the Spring with details to follow.
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