Nancy Leishman Jenkins Obituary (1940-2021) – Ogden, UT
Nancy Leishman Jenkins
Nancy Leishman Jenkins died on November 7, 2021 in Layton, Utah, after a brief battle with cancer. She was born on August 22, 1940 in Logan, Utah, to Phyllis Liljenquist Leishman and Robert Bradshaw Leishman. She grew up as the youngest child in Provo, Utah, in a house full of music, cooking, gospel, and wonderful family and friends, all things that should remain important her entire life.
Though not many people know, Nancy was a twirler for the Provo High School band in high school. It was then that she also became an avid skier. She attended Brigham Young University (BYU), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology, and then taught English at nearby Orem High School. During her time at BYU, she met a handsome young man who would become the love of her life, Arlen Dean Jenkins. They were married on June 3, 1963 in the Salt Lake Temple of Latter-day Saints Church of Jesus Christ. They were married for 58 years.
Nancy and Arlen lived in Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah and Peoria, Illinois before eventually settling in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Nancy was busy full-time with various church leadership functions and the upbringing of four daughters. The girls followed their mother in many ways: love of music, singing, art, cooking and good food (especially ice cream and chocolate!). They also inherited their mother’s penchant for humor.
A good sense of humor and the gospel of Jesus Christ helped Nancy fight the frustration and pain of numerous health problems and surgeries. She also got along with her great love of literature. Nancy was a voracious reader, taught her daughters to read at an early age, and shared books with her family even during her last illness. At her book club, she was responsible for introducing a book once a year – and spent the year preparing to teach that one lesson. Club members noticed how thorough, fascinating, and passionate Nancy was in teaching.
Nancy had a special love for her grandchildren and spoiled them. Every Christmas, Nancy held her annual Christmas Sock Dive competition, which the kids loved! She also went to every grandchildren’s sporting event that she could.
In addition to her grandchildren, Nancy loved quilting, collecting antiques, and cheering for her professional sports teams – go Giants and 49ers! Her grammatical skills were notorious and her talents for making desserts were unparalleled. Their recipe for fudge cake was a closely guarded secret, and the dessert made people beg for more.
Through all of their homework, doctor visits, two hour commutes, music lessons, surgeries, choir performances, games, church professions, service projects, and more, Nancy and Arlen raised their girls and had a beautiful marriage built on the gospel of Jesus Christ, absolute trust, hard Work, unwavering commitment and unconditional love. Her girls never saw their parents argue or raise their voices. Not even.
At the end, along with the grammar class, Nancy leaves us with her key directions: 1) love your family and friends deeply, and 2) follow the Savior, Jesus Christ. Because through his love and his blessings she endured it to the end and is now finally resting in peace.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents Phyllis and Robert Leishman, her brother Robert Lynn Leishman and her sister Norma Cheney. Nancy leaves behind her husband, her two sisters Nina (Grant Beutler) Johnston and Karen (Joel) Allred, her four daughters Teresa (William Maughan) Jenkins, Melinda Jenkins Holloway, Melanie (Barton) Anderson and Kristina (Richard) Jenkins Whetzel and their grandchildren : Rachel Maughan, Jordan Stowe, Isaiah Holloway, Olivia Holloway, Tad Anderson (Hope), Alanna Anderson, Dean Anderson, Nate Anderson and Jadyn Whetzel.
The funeral will take place on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah. Friends can visit the morgue with the family before the service on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Burial, Wellsville Utah Cemetery.
The family thanks the staff at Inspiration Home Health and Hospiz for their loving care and support during this difficult time.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that you go to the ice cream with your family. Nancy would have liked that. Order videos
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Published by Lindquist Mortuary – Layton on November 11, 2021.