Clara Louise Jenkins, 95, Brainerd, formerly of Fort Ripley, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008, at Edgewood Vista Senior Living complex in Brainerd. She was born on Oct. 31, 1912, in Little Falls to Peter and Rose (Hanfler) Gregersen.
After graduation in 1930 from the Little Falls High School, she attended the teacher's training in 1931. She taught school in Morrison, Crow Wing and Koochiching counties for 33 years. She earned her bachelor of arts degree at St. Cloud State University. On April 15, 1939, she married Arthur J. Jenkins in Brainerd. She was a member of the Crow Wing County Historical Society, Lennox Mother's Club, St. Mathias Card Club, Crow Wing Lake Association, R.S.V.P., the Red Hat Society, Brainerd Area Retired Teacher's Association, Pinetree Patchworkers Quilt Club and R.E.A.M. She created many "trauma" bears and lap robes for the community and area nursing homes. Six years ago she delivered the 300th lap robe to Bethany Nursing Home. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, traveling, reading, sewing, playing cards, canning, baking and visiting friends.
Clara taught school in Morrison, Crow Wing and Koochiching counties for 33 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, and sister, Lillian Olson.
She is survived by her one son, Allen (Dianna) Jenkins, of Nisswa; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Brainerd.
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