Oma Tolman Mecham Samuelson Conrad Jenkins, 75, passed away Friday, Februry 1, 1991 of an extended illness at a Pocatello care center. She had been ill since 1968.
She was born November 19, 1915 in Preston, Idaho, the daughter of Leonidas Smart and Charlotte May Tolman Mecham. She graduated from West High School in Salt Lake City with honors. She loved all types of athletic activities. She played softball for Auerbach Company (known as the Shamrocks), went to national tennis finals in Chicago, Illinois, won a Gold Medal for Outstanding Athlete out of a class of 500. She loved to play basketball, baseball, and bowl. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She received various awards and achievements, 5 Year consecutive 100% attendance in Mutual and Sunday School, genealogical awards, and served as Jr. Sunday School Secretary and Sunday School teacher, and also as MIA Special Interest teacher. She was a very active person throughout her life.During WW II, 1944-45, at Camp Roberts, California, Oma was a Command Staff Driver, while her husband J.C. Conrad was stationed there. She had worked at various places including, Freds Cafe, North Highway Cafe, Rainbow Cafe in Idaho Falls, 1945-50. She was manager for the Red Rock Cafe, IBM Machine operator at Idaho Bank and Trust, and was secretary for Garrett Freightlines from 1950-58. She was an active member of the LDS Bancroft Ward, visiting teacher supervisor, member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers in Chesterfield, Idaho. Mrs. Jenkin's was an author of a book on strokes published in 1985 titled to Hell and Back. She had to learn how to read, write, walk and talk all over again. She received her Adult Education Certificate from ISU Vo-Tech June 17, 1974. She helped others who had similar problems.
She married Anton Kenral Samuelson December 20, 1934; later divorced. She married Jasper Crossgrove Conrad April 10, 1938 in Inkom, Idaho; this marriage was later solemnized June 21, 1974 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He was killed in a motorcycle accident May 30, 1954. She married Harvey Andersen of Arbon Valley December 12, 1958; this marriage ended in divorce. She married Russell T. Jenkins of Bancroft, Idaho, September 12, 1975 in the Logan LDS Temple.
Survivors include her husband, Russell T. Jenkins, Bancroft, Idaho; two sons, Roland Mecham Conrad, McCammon, Idaho.; Dean Mecham Conrad, Spokane, Wash.; three daughters, Marilyn Conrad Kremin, Spokane, Wash.; Joyce Samuelson Kay, Phoenix, Ariz.; two brothers, Onan Tolman Mecham, Syracuse, Ut.; Arlin Tolman Mecham, Bountiful; three step children, Joyce Argyle, Bancroft, Id.; Marvalou Barnes, Twin Falls, Id.; Mary Stratton, Chubbuck, Id.; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one step sister, Vea Munk, Montpelier, Id.; 3 step brothers, Anson Higginson, Blackfoot, Id.; Cyril Higginson, Kemmerer, Wyo.; Clyde Higginson, American Fork, Ut. Preceded in death by husband, J.C. Conrad; parents, Leonidas Smart Mecham; and Charlotte May Tolman; her step father, George Taylor Higginson, Bancroft, Idaho.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, February 6, 1991, at 11 a.m. at the Bancroft LDS Chapel. Interment will be in the Iona Cemetery, Iona, Idaho. The family will meet with friends Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. at Manning Funeral Chapel, 510 North 12th, Pocatello, Idaho, and on Wednesday, from 10 a.m. until time of services at the Bancroft LDS Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Manning Funeral Chapel.
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