In Memoriam


Sister Betty Jenkins, formerly known as Sister Mary Mathia Jenkins, died on Friday, May 25, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 86 years of age and in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Betty was born in Detroit to Maurice and Lois (Peters) Jenkins. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in English from the University of Detroit (Detroit-Mercy). She held certificates in religious studies from Siena Heights College (University) and in pastoral ministry from Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, Michigan. She was a Licensed Certified Social Worker in the State of Michigan.

Sister ministered in elementary and secondary education for 22 years in East Lansing, Saginaw and Detroit, Michigan. She was a pastoral minister for 13 years at St. Michael Parish in Grand Ledge, Michigan. 

Sister Betty ministered for 7½ years in the Activities Department at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She worked at the Siena Literacy Center in Detroit, Michigan for 11½ years in marketing and publicity and as a hospitality coordinator. 

Sister Betty became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Everett John Jenkins and Maurice Jenkins. She is survived by three sisters, Althea Lanuzza of Mt. Clements, Michigan, and Carole Lovell and Helen Kaiser, both of Wolverine Lake, Michigan.

Welcome of Sister Betty will be on Monday, June 4, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral Mass will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. 

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.



Vigil for Sister Betty (Mary Mathia):

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Funeral for Sister Betty (Mary Mathia):

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Left: The Jenkins family in 1948: back row, from left, Sister Betty and Maurice Richard and front row, from left: Carole Ann, Maurice (father) Lois (mother), Althea, Everett, and Helen Rae, on her mother’s lap

Left: From left, Althea Jenkins, Maurice Jenkins, Sister Betty Jenkins, Lois Jenkins, and Lois Cahill. Right: Sister Betty, left, works with Sister Margaret Joseph Schweihofer in the Activities Department at the Dominican Life Center.


Members of the 1999 Golden Jubilee Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Madeline Mary Dervin, Aileen McClain, Geraldine Megel, Mary Louise Putrow, Grace Flowers, Patricia Lynch, Andrea Broutin, and Jeanette Jabour; row two, from left, Sisters Helen Edward Duncan, Marvel Glasford, Jean Jeziolkowski, Magdelaine Hill, Janet Capone (Prioress), Joyce LaVoy, Jean Denomme, Mary Ann Konieski, and Joan Delaplane; row three, from left, Sisters Anastasia McNichols, Thomas James Burns, Eleanor Stech, Catherine McKillop, Elizabeth Flaherty, Marie Houle, Barbara Saynay, Nelda Klein, and Anne Baxter; and front row, from left, Sisters Mae Tack, Francis Clement Hazinski, Dorothy D’Haene, Frances Barfield, Carol Jean McDonnell, Betty Jenkins, Jane Irene Hutton, and Patricia A. Walsh.

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