Martha Netheline Jenkins
By Bill Eisenhour Southeast Funeral Home
Aged: 88.3 years
1 April, Fort Cobb, District 26, p 9A, Hse #181, Fam #215
In household of father Joe A Jenkins;
Netheline Jenkins daughter F W 11 OK TX TX
Occupation: Administative Assistant, Federal Aviation Administration BET 1947 AND 2005 Midwest City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma
1962, at the time of her father's death, her residence is reported as Oklahoma City
She always went by Nan. We called her Aunt Nan. Her funeral information had her name as Netheline M Callaway. This reversal of the order of her names is contrary to all family sources and various censuses which record her variously as Marth [sic] N, Mattie N, and Netheline (with no other initial).
She was my favorite aunt on my Dad's side (Orville Lee Jenkins), or at least the one I was closest to. She is the one of Dad's siblings I have the earliest childhood memories of as a distinct person.
When I was 7 or 8, Nan came and stayed with us a few days when we lived on 11th Street (US Hwy 287 West) in Quanah, Texas. This was before she married. Nan married late in life and never had children of her own. She loved Lenard's children like her own, and always spoke to us of them with deep affection, and she would keep us updated on news of her family.
When I was a child, I remember our family visiting them in Midwest City. I remember going to church services with them at First Baptist Church. My girlfriend Edith made a trip with our family to Oklahoma in 1968 and we visited Nan and Lenard then. Later after Edith and I were married we visited them many times. When we were back in the US from Kenya, East Africa, in 1980-81, we visited them with our two new boys, in the US for the first time.
Her husband Lenard reported to family members that Nan died 30 March 2007, in Richardson Memorial Hospital in Richardson, Dallas County, Texas, after having a stroke. She had been undergoing dialysis after suffering kidney failure in August 2006. She and her husband Lenard had just moved to Richardson when she had her stroke, and she died about two weeks later.
I found that the funeral remembrance card information, as well as the obituary published in the Midwest City Sun, indicated that Nan died in Plano, Texas, a neighbouring suburb of Dallas. I would think that the funeral announcement information was based on information from Lenard, but we heard no update on the place where she was when she died. Maybe she was moved from Richardson to a nearby facility in Plano, where she died shortly after. I am reporting the place of death as Lenard gave it to us.
The funeral was held 5 April 2007 in First Baptist Church, Midwest City, Oklahoma, where Lenard and Nan had been members for decades. The funeral, with burial following in Arlington Memory Garden, was conducted by Bill Eisenhour Southeast Funeral Home, Oklahoma City.
Here is the text of the Obituary that appeared in the Midwest City Sun, 8 April 2007:
Netheline "Nan" Callaway, 88, died March 30, 2007, in Plano, Texas. A funeral service was 2 p.m. April 5 at the First Baptist Church in Midwest City. Burial followed at Arlington Memory Gardens. Services were under the direction of Bill Eisenhour Southeast. She was born Dec. 25, 1918, in Mountain View, to Joseph and Virginia (Terry) Jenkins. She moved the Midwest City area from Chickasha in 1947.
Nan married Lenard Callaway in Oklahoma City June 5, 1959. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Midwest City and was an administrative assistant for the FAA. She resigned to work with Lenard on other business ventures. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Lenard Callaway; three stepchildren, Tricia Callaway Bolz, Tony and Michael Callaway; and many nieces and nephews.