Jean Spence Jenkins

April 30, 2022 Toughkenamon, PA Caring, Compassionate, Supportive

Jean Spence Jenkins, age 88 of Toughkenamon, PA, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Jenner’s Pond. Jean was the wife of the late Benjamin Jenkins, who passed away in 1989.

Born 1933 in Wilmington, DE, Jean was the daughter of the late Percy C. Spence and the late Mildred Toppin Spence.

For over 40 years, Jean worked as a Payroll Administrator for the Kennett Consolidated School District. Jean had an excellent work ethic. Throughout her entire tenure with the school district, she never took a sick day. When it came to daunting work tasks, like switching to an electronic payroll system, Jean was a quick study and soon found herself teaching even her younger co-workers how to operate the new system.

For several years following her retirement, Jean volunteered at the Kennett Food Cupboard. Jean found great passion in ensuring that the people of her community would never struggle to feed themselves or their families.

Jean loved to garden and enjoyed planting flowers. She spent much of her time working outdoors and keeping her yard tidy.

Jean was also an avid traveler. She would visit beaches in Florida, South Carolina and Virginia a couple times a year. Jean’s travels brought her to incredible places all over the world like Norway and the Swiss Alps.

Jean was caring, compassionate and supportive. She cared deeply for her family and will be missed by all.

Jean is survived by her daughter, Barbara Jean Jenkins; two nieces; four nephews; as well as many friends. In addition to her husband, Benjamin, Jean was preceded in death by her brother, Richard T. Spence.

A viewing will be held from 4:30PM to 6:30PM on Friday, May 6, 2022 at Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 W. State St., Kennett Square, PA, 19348. Jean’s funeral service will begin at 6:30PM. Burial will be held privately with family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kennett Food Cupboard. Donations may be mailed to Kennett Area Community Service, 136 West Cedar Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

Arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square, PA.

Memorial Donations

Kennett Food Cupboard

Kennett Area Community Service
136 West Cedar Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348
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May 6, 2022 4:30PM to 6:30PM Kuzo Funeral Home
250 W. State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Funeral Service

May 6, 2022 6:30PM Kuzo Funeral Home
250 W. State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348


To be held privately with family


  1. Jean was a kind and considerate person. She had a wonderful work ethic. Jean did much to help the community through her work with the Food Bank.I never heard her complain about anything. Barbie, you were truly dedicated to your mother. May she rest in eternal peace.

    Sharon Journey | May 6, 2022 at 9:47 AM
  2. Aunt Jean was a sweet, soft spoken, lovely, yet strong lady. She was always ready to go and do anything whether it was traveling, putt-putt golf, the beach, or whatever. She enjoyed life to its fullest. We will miss her dearly, but cherish all the wonderful memories made. Randy & Liz

    Randy & Liz | May 5, 2022 at 8:38 PM
  3. Dear Barbie,
    We are sorry to hear of your mom’s passing.
    Jean was truly a caring and dedicated person.
    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Rest in peace
    Roxane & Jack Dougherty

    Jack & Roxane Dougherty | May 4, 2022 at 5:30 PM
  4. It was my pleasure to know Jean as my best friend and co worker. She was the most caring and thoughtful person and and she enhanced my live. My thoughts & prayers go out to Barbara and her other family members. Rest in peace after a long struggle. Your friend and travel companion Arlene

    ARLENE SCHOCK | May 3, 2022 at 6:56 PM

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