Rita Lavonne Garrison Jenkins, 50, was born Dec. 21, 1954, at Licking. She died June 14, 2005, at her home at Summersville after a long illness.She married Roger Jenkins of Kansas City Dec. 22, 1978.Mrs. Jenkins became a nurses aide in 1985 and a med tech in 1988. She worked in nursing homes at Cassville, Kansas City and Marshall. Her last job was helping at the Veterans Home at St. James.She was preceded in death by her mother, Nadine Barnett, in 1975; her husband in 1985; and her brother, David Barnett in 1992.Surviving are her brothers, Ron Garrison of Clayton, Ala.; and Tony Garrison of Jefferson City; and special friends, LaDonna Hartman and Nedria Plowman.Memorial services were June 18 at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel in Summersville with the Rev. Steve Steelman officiating.Her body was donated to the Missouri State University medical department to help others learn more about her disease to someday find a cure. “

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