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Wilma Gilstrap Jenkins Boyd

Wilma Gilstrap Jenkins Boyd


Wilma Gilstrap Jenkins Boyd died May 5, 2005, from complications of diabetes. She was 75.

Wilma Gilstrap Jenkins Boyd was born March 2, 1930, to Olive and James Gilstrap in Durango.

Boyd attended Alterra High School in Roosevelt, Utah, where she graduated as valedictorian with honors in state band, typing, track, and many essay contests. Throughout her life, she lived in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, and worked as a cook and a nursing caretaker.

On July 26, 1948, she married Frank Jenkins in La Pointe, Utah. They raised three children during their 26 years together and spent most of their time on ranches in the Oak Creek and Clark areas, moving to Craig in 1964. They later divorced but remained lifelong friends. She later married John “Rusty” Boyd. During their six years of marriage, they enjoyed traveling, spending their winters in Mexico and their summers in the northern states. Jackson Hole was one of their favorite retreats. Boyd was a very loving mother who was proud of her children, she enjoyed telling everyone about them and remained a positive influence on them throughout her life. Strong will and perseverance for life were words everyone who knew her would use to describe her. She always tried to help in whatever way she could and had a craft for encouraging people to never give up in reaching their lifelong dreams. In the nursing home, she quickly became known as the “Residents’ President,” where she touched the lives of nearly everyone there.

Boyd is survived by her sister, Janet Hankerson of Midvale, Utah; sons Allen Jenkins and fiancee Rhonda, Wesley (Anngela) Jenkins, all of Craig; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Boyd was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Ilene, daughter-in-law, Peggy, and granddaughter, Randi.

A special thanks to all of her dear friends who showed her kindness and love at home and in the rest home.

Services were May 9, 2005, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Craig, with Bishop Joe Ence conducting.

The accompanist was Myrna Ence, the family prayer was given by Wes Jenkins, and the opening prayer by Jim Landis.

The song, “The Lord Is My Shepherd” was performed by Tracy Landis and Amanda Wilson.

The eulogy was given by Allen Jenkins.

The song, “Amazing Grace” was performed by Mark Ketchum.

Selections “Abide With Me” and “Tis Eventide” were performed by Tracy Landis.

The closing song was “God Be With You Til We Meet Again” by family and friends.

The closing prayer was given by Kathy Matson.

Pallbearers were Jim Landis, Frank Jenkins, Jared Jenkins, Steve Matson, Anthony Jenkins, and Robert Matson.

Interment was at Craig Cemetery, with a dedication of the grave by Bishop Joe Ence.

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