Barbara A. Jenks, 80, of Valley Grove, WV passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2019.
She was born in Cleveland, OH on March 21, 1939, daughter of the late Major B. and Ruth (Acklin) Jenks.
Barb was first and foremost a Mother to her three children. She was also a middle-school teacher, a Student Affairs Administrator at Kenyon College and a Psychologist in the Counseling Center at Pitt. Barb retired from Pitt in June 2002 and moved to Valley Grove, WV. In September 2002 she opened a private practice in Wheeling and continued counseling part-time until 2015. Barb never introduced herself as Doctor because she was a humble and compassionate person. Barb spent her life trying to bring the advantages that she had experienced to all people as evident in the groups she joined and the causes she supported. She genuinely loved people and people genuinely loved her.
Surviving are her companion, Martha A. Starkey, of Valley Grove; children, Martha Gensemer Ramirez, Stephen Dale Gensemer and Thomas Lee Gensemer; grandchildren, Rosa Ramirez, Cesar Ramirez, Daniel Gensemer, Wytse Gensemer and Arwin Gensemer.
A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. at Kepner Funeral Home, 1308 Chapline St., Wheeling (304- 232- 5110).
Personal condolences may be made to the family at www.kepnerfuneral.com.