Judith Ann Greenfield Jenkins, 70, an award-winning journalist who spent most of her career with The Gleaner, died early Monday morning at St. Anthony's Hospice Lucy Smith King Care Center after a year-long battle with cancer.
Mrs. Jenkins began her journalism career at The Gleaner in 1963 and retired from there in 2007 as a full-time reporter-columnist. Since then she had contributed columns until only recently.
She also had worked for the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, Methodist Hospital and Big Rivers. She was an honors graduate of Henderson City High School and Henderson Community College.
During her journalism career she was honored numerous times in the Kentucky Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest, including eight first-place awards for Best Column; one first place for Best News Story; one first place, with Chuck Stinnett, for Best Story Series and one first place for Best Sports Story. She also was a seven-time recipient of the Barry Bingham Award from the Kentucky Psychiatric Association for "exceptional efforts to bring information on mental illness to the people of Kentucky."
Other career honors included: 1993 Award from the Cabinet for Human Resources for "excellence concerning empowerment and employment of people with disabilities; 1987 Green River Regional Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board Media Person of the Year; 1976 Kentucky Association for Health Care Facilities Better Life Award for "distinguished service in public affairs"; an award from the Henderson Mayor's Committee on Employment of the Disabled; 1999 Champions of Children Award, Media Category; 1996 Henderson Shrine Club Award "in appreciation of efforts to remind us of the importance of Pearl Harbor, those who fought there, and all area POWs"; and the 1997-98 American Heart Association Award for Outstanding Communications Project.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hughie Alexander Greenfield and Gladys Marie McCalvin Rice Greenfield of Henderson; one brother, Walter Jack Rice of Henderson; and one sister, Helen Loretta Rice Samples of Henderson.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Ronald E. Jenkins; four children, Jodie Lynn Jenkins Nation and her husband, Sam, of Henderson, Ronald Shane Jenkins and his wife, Joane, of Burleson, Texas, Jennifer Ann Jenkins McAnulty and her husband, Mark, of Owensboro, and Joshua Greenfield Jenkins and his wife, Rebecca, of Henderson; nine grandchildren, Madison and Dalton Nation of Henderson, Joshua Nichols, Kristen Jenkins, and Marissa Jenkins of Burleson, Texas, Kelsey and Kyle Reese of Owensboro, and Harrison and Hallie Jenkins of Henderson; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Henderson. The Reverend Gary A. Chapman will officiate. Entombment will be in Fairmont Cemetery Mausoleum.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and until noon Thursday at Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to St. Anthony's Hospice or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Pallbearers are Sam Nation, Dalton Nation, David Dixon, Chuck Stinnett, Richard Wathen, and Steve Austin.