Doris Rowlett Jenkins, 91, Mother and Grandmother

Doris Rowlett Jenkins, 91, passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 17, 2013, at 7:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, where she was recuperating from a heart attack. She was born March 4, 1922, in Houston, Texas. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many.
She is survived by her son, former Rep. Louis E. “Woody” Jenkins, Jr., and his wife Diane Aker Jenkins; grandchildren Margaret Jenkins Savoye and her husband Darren of Jefferson, LA; Elizabeth Ann Jenkins of Denver, CO; David Aker Jenkins of Baton Rouge, and Catherine Ann Jenkins of Baton Rouge; great-grandchildren Gabrielle, Louis Joseph, and James Sawyer Savoye of Jefferson, LA; and nephews and nieces Gordon and Jan Jenkins; Edward, Randall, and Mark Rowlett, and Anita Rowlett Hopkins. She was preceded in death by her parents Frederick Putnam Rowlett and Beatrice Eernisse Rowlett of Houston, Texas; her brother, Walter Rowlett, of Houston and her husband, Louis E. “Ory” Jenkins, Sr., of Ponchatoula and Baton Rouge.
Doris grew up in Alvin and Shreveport. She attended Byrd High School and graduated from Alvin High School in 1940. During World War II, she met a handsome sailor who was recovering from war injuries at the Galveston Naval Hospital. They fell in love and married in 1946. They resided in Ponchatoula where they owned a restaurant, Little Ory’s Den, before moving to Houston and then Baton Rouge.
Ory was an operator at Ethyl Corporation, and Doris worked in safety deposit at American Bank on Plank Road. She retired from the bank in 1982 after 25 years’ service. She was affectionately known as “G” by her grandchildren and their friends at Parkview. As a child, she had red hair and was known by the nickname “Pinky”. She loved to wear a red hat and a red cap, which was perfect when she played Mrs. Santa Claus for children in her later years.
She has lived with her son Woody and daughter-in-law Diane for the past 27 years, and they cared for her during the many health problems she has endured for the past 15 years. Despite those, she maintained a clear mind and humorous wit until this weekend. She was recovering from a heart attack and doing well Saturday, but her condition declined early Sunday, and she passed away.
She has written an autobiography, A Bouquet of Wild Violets, which will be published in the spring of 2014 by Community Press. It is a humorous collection of her writings from the 1920’s to the present.
Funeral services were held Wednesday Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge.  Services were conducted by Lt. Arron Mcguffee, Chaplain, USN.  Her niece, Anita Rowlett Hopkins sang at the funeral and at graveside.  Pallbearers were Col. Gordon Jenkins, Freddie Koch, Dr. Bill Hopkins, Sen. Dan Richey, Jeff Angers, Daniel Duggan, Darren Savoye, and Saul Newsom.

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