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Rhonda Fay JENKINS

Rhonda Fay JENKINS1,2,8,3,4,5,6,7,14,15,16,17,18,10

also known as Rhonda BOYD13

24th Aug 19071,8,4,9,6,7,10 - 9th Aug 19631,13,4,5,9,6,7


Life History

24th Aug 1907

Born in Marlow, Pickens County, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory.1,8,4,9,6,7,10


Resident in Mt View, Kiowa, Oklahoma.10


Occupation Stenographer.11


Residence2 in Mt View, Kiowa, Oklahoma.11

8th Nov 1941

Married Russell Hugh BOYD.9

about 1962

Residence3 in Anadarko, Caddo, Oklahoma.6

9th Aug 1963

Died in Dallas, Dallas, Texas.1,13,4,5,9,6,7

Cause of death Septicemia due to Pseudomonas [a bacterial infection], due to infected Aorto Iliac bypass Graft, Other significant conditions:  Arteriosclerotic Occlusive Disease of Aorta

14th Aug 1963

Buried in Leopolis Cemetery, Chillicothe, Livingston County, Missouri.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Other facts


CauseOfDeath: cancer.12


  • The 1910 census listed her two names as one, spelled Rhondafay.

    1910 Federal Census, Stephens County, Oklahoma, 2 May, District #239, p #18A, Wall Township, Marlow City, Fourth Ward, Family #347
    Jenkins, Joseph A  Head M W 43 m-2 9-yrs TX SC MS City Marshall
    Jenkins, Julia V  Wife F W 29 m-1 9-yrs 5/4 GA (should be TX) GA TX (should be NC)
    Jenkins, Rondafay  Dau F W 3 s OK TX TX

    In 1912 Rhonda went to Canada along with her mother and all the children, when they went to join her father Joe in British Columbia, where he had gone to work on a highway project.

    Canadian Immigration Records, White Rock, British Columbia, 12 Dec 1912
    Jenkins, Mrs Jennie  Female age 30 Farmer Born Texas Citizen of Texas Train CMR 356 from Oklahoma to Vancouver $3.00 Cash  To Husband
    Jenkins, Ronda Fay age Female 5 Farmer Born Texas Citizen of Texas Train CMR 356 from Oklahoma to Vancouver.

    The family moved back to Oklahoma, at the beginning of the war or soon after.

    In the 1920 census, Mt View, Kiowa County, Oklahoma she is listed as Ronda F Jenkins.

    1920 Federal Census, Kiowa County, Oklahoma, 3 January, Mt View, District 14, Page 1A, Hse/Fam #1
    Jenkins, Joseph A  Head  M W 54  TX NC MS Farmer
    Jenkins, Juliva V Wife  FW 39 TX GA NC
    Jenkins, Ronda F  Dau F W 12 OK TX TX

    After graduation from high school, Rhonda attended Draughon's Business School in Oklahoma City.  It is not known how long her course there was, but we have one grade report sent by the school to her parents in September 1926.  She was with her parents in their home in Ft Cobb, Oklahoma, for the 1930 census.  Not long afterwards she moved to Amarillo, Texas, where she took up her career work in the business world.

    The 1930 census also combined her names as Rondafaye.

    1930 Federal Census, Caddo County, Oklahoma, 1 April, Fort Cobb, District 26, p 9A, Hse #181, Fam #215
    Joe A Jenkins  Head  M W 63 TX MS MS
    Julia Jenkins  Wife  F W 49 TX GA NC
    Rondafaye Jenkins dau F W 22 OK TX TX

    It was likely in Amarillo that Rhonda met and married Russell Hugh Boyd.  Rhonda and Russ never had any children.  They lived in Amarillo.

    Mrs. R. Boyd Complimented

    Mrs. Russell Boyd, who was Miss Rhonda Jenkins before her recent marriage, was complimented recently at a miscellaneous shower given in the home of Mrs J B Clayton.

    Bridge was played during the afternoon.

    Attending besides the honoree were Misses Lahoma Jenkins, Frances Ellison, Cicelia Wilkinson, Claire Hull, Mesdames C W Manley, Floyd Richards and E M THompson.

    Miss Chloie Hall sent a gift.
    --  Amarillo Globe, Amarillo, Texas, Tuesday, 25 November 1941

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989
    Amarillo, Texas, City Directory, 1949, p 67
    Boyd Russell H (Rhonda J) h 1403b Ong

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989
    Amarillo, Texas, City Directory, 1951, p 53
    Boyd Russell H (Rhonda) slsmn h 3614 Cline rd

    The 1952 directory reported Russ and Rhonda at the same Cline Road address.  The 1953 directory reported them as resident on West 14th Street.

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Amarillo, Texas, City Directory, 1953, p 73
    Boyd Russell H (Rhonda) h 615 W 14th av apt 1

    By 1954 they had moved again and were reported living on Lawson Lane.

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Amarillo, Texas, City Directory, 1954, p 62
    Boyd Russell H (Rhonda) h 1811 Lawson la

    The 1956 and 1957 directory report their address as Crockett Street in Amarillo.

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Amarillo, Texas, City Directory, 1956, p 193
    Boyd Russell H (Rhonda) emp Quonset and Stran Steel Builldings h 929 Crockett

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    Amarillo, Texas, City Directory, 1957, p 202
    Boyd Russell H (Rhonda) slsmn Plains Steel Bldg h 929 Crockett

    Rhonda was active in business and civic affairs.  One activity was the Toastmistress Club.  In 1958 an article in the Amarillo paper reported she had been elected as secretary of her club.

    Toastmistress Club Meets

    Toastmistress Club members met recently at the Dresden Inn for election and installation of officers for the new club year.  The new slate includes:  president, Mrs. Charles Hoppin; vice-president, Mrs. Evelyn Pate; secretary, Mrs. Russell Boyd; and treasurer, Mrs. Gomer Jones.  They were inducted by Mrs. Frank Hoyt.

    Mrs. Jones, toastmistress for the evening, presented a past president's pin to the retiring president, Mrs. Regen Haigh.

    Mrs. Hoyt was named by the group as outstanding toastmistress for the past term.

    Topic mistress was Mrs. Myrtle Gilmore.  Members gave impromptu speeches on the subject, "Men From Mars."

    It was announced that a speech contest will be conducted Jan. 27, the place to be announced later.

    Guests at the installation dinner, were Mesdames Robert Boynton, Eugene Augter, V. G. Schlegel, Dan Foran, Lucille Richardson, Jack Self, Peggy Dyer and Morris Bean.

    --  Amarillo Globe-Times, 15 January 1958, found among the papers and photos of Julia Virginia

    Rhonda was in a hospital in Dallas when she died.  Her obituary (see below) seems to indicate that they had moved their residence to Anadarko, Oklahoma, some time before her death.  Her brother Asa lived in Anadarko.  Rhonda suffered with cancer near the end of her life.  Rhonda was being treated for this in Dallas, Texas, as I rememebr it.  But she died there due to infeciton from heart surgery in 1963.  Her husband took her body to Chillicothe, Missouri, to bury her in his family plot.

    Mrs. Russell Boyd to be Buried Here

    Mrs. Russell (Rhonda) Boyd, 55, of Anadarko, Okla., died Friday at a hospital in Dallas, Texas.

    The body is being returned to Chillicothe for burial and will arrive at noon Tuesday.

    Burial services will be held at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning at the Leopolis cemetery.

    The body will be in state Tuesday evening at the Gordon Home for Funerals.

    --  The Chillicothe (Missouri) Constitution-Tribune, Monday, Aug 12, 1963, p 1

    Graveside Rites for Mrs Rhonda F Boyd

    Graveside Services for Mrs. Rhonda Fay Boyd, 55, who died Friday at Dallas, Tex., were held at 10 o'clock this morning at Leopolis cemetery, conducted by Fr. Francis Russ of Trenton.

    Burial was under the direction of the Gordon Home For Funerals.

    The casket bearers were Forrest McKenzie, James McKenzie, Joe McKenzie, Mark McKenzie, Bill Feeney and Everett Boyd.

    Mrs. Boyd, a daughter of Joseph A. Jenkins and Julia Virginia (Terry) Jenkins, was born on Aug. 24, 1907 at Marlow, Okla.

    Survivors of Mrs. Boyd are her husband, Russell Boyd of the home, 508 W. Alabama, Anadarko, Okla.;  three brothers, Asa Jenkins, Anadarko, Orville Jenkins, Conway, Ark., and B. J. Jenkins, Los Angeles, Calif.; five sisters, Mrs. Sally Christian, Chickasha, Okla, Mrs. Mary Yates, Pauls Valley, Okla., Mrs. Mable Hill, Chickasha, Mrs. Charles Hendron, Santa Barbara, Calif, and Mrs. Leonard Calloway [Lenard Callaway], Midwest City, Okla. [Her mother is not mentioned among survivors, yet did not die until 1966.]

    She was preceded in death by her father, two brothers and two sisters.

    --  The Chillicothe (Missouri) Constitution-Tribune, Wednesday, Aug 14, 1963, p 1

    I finally had a confirmation of their shift of residence to Anadarko when I found her death certificate in July 2014.  This stated Rhonda's residence as 408 West Alabama St, Anadarko, Caddo County, Oklahoma.  The death certificate does not report, as in some states, how long Anadarko has been her residence.  My memory of her illness was that she was suffering from cancer of a period of time, and was in Dallas periodically for treatment.  I was surprised to find that this was not reported as the cause of death, but rather a bacterial infection that developed from an aortic bypass surgery.

    Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982
    Rhonda Boyd [Rhonda Jenkins]
    Birth 24 Aug 1907 Oklahoma
    Residence Anadarko, Caddo, Oklahoma
    Occupation Housewife
    Father Joseph A Jenkins
    Mother Virginia Lewis [should be Virginia Terry]
    Husband Russell H Boyd
    Age at Death 55, Death 9 Aug 1963 Gaston Hospital, Dallas, Dallas, Texas
    Length of stay in hospital 18 days
    Cause of death Septicemia due to Psuedomonas [a bacterial infection], due to infected Aorto Iliac bypass Graft
    Other significant conditions:  Arteriosclerotic Occlusive Disease of Aorta
    Removal 10 August 1963 for burial in Leopolis Cemetery, Livingston County, Missouri, by Sparkman's Inc
    Filed 12 August 1963, Filed State 12 September 1963
    Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
    Certificate 49280
    Rhonda Boyd
    Death 9 Aug 1963, Dallas County, Texas

    Rhonda and Russ are both buried in the Leopolis Cemetery, located eight miles north of Chillicothe, Livingston County, Missouri.

    I list here all the Boyds in the cemetery:
    BOYD, Donna Rita Ann Handford
    BOYD, Harold T.
    BOYD, Manus C.
    BOYD, Mary Patricia
    BOYD, Rhonda Fay
    BOYD, Robert E.
    BOYD, Russell H.
    BOYD, Samuel E.
    --  Leapolis Cemetery listings,

    Updates and family links were submitted to Rhonda's memorial on Find a Grave, and these were added oin February 2015.  Here is the updated memorial.

    Rhonda Fay Boyd
    Birth Aug 24, 1907 Marlow, Stephens County, Oklahoma, USA
    Death Aug 9, 1963 Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA

    Joseph Asa Jenkins (1866 - 1962)
    Julia Virginia Terry Jenkins (1880 - 1966)

    Spouse Russell H Boyd (1906 - 1966)

    Mabel Clare Jenkins Hill (1901 - 1990)
    Thomas Asa Jenkins (1903 - 1969)
    Nannie May Jenkins (1905 - 1906)
    Arthur Carthal Jenkins (1909 - 1955)
    Orville Lee Jenkins (1912 - 1987)
    Gladys Lahoma Jenkins Hendron (1914 - 1991)
    Martha Netheline Jenkins Callaway (1918 - 2007)
    Virginia Jo Jenkins (1925 - 1930)

    James Everett Jenkins (1886-1963)
    Joseph Benjamin Jenkins (1889-1978)
    Sallie Hester Jenkins Christian (1893 - 1982)
    Ocy Belle Jenkins (1896 - 1896)
    Mary Nettie Jenkins Yates (1897 - 1991)

    Burial Leopolis Cemetery, Livingston County, Missouri
    Created by Cookie Rist Huckaby Sep 01, 2010
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #57994008,

    From the research of Orville Boyd Jenkins, nephew of Rhonda Fay Jenkins Boyd
    Last updated 1 December 2019


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