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Dorothy Ida Jenkins Storkey
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Birth: Feb. 13, 1918
New Hope
Bucks County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jun. 10, 1998
Schwenksville
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA

My grandmother Dorothy was born on Ferry Street, New Hope, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She was a daughter of William Franklin Jenkins VI and Lillian Garner Jenkins. Dorothy was sister to William Franklin Jenkins VII, Edward, Lillian Loretta and Alice Ada Jenkins. The 1920 census shows her father as a railroad fireman, age 26, at home with his wife who is 23, and children William, Lillian and Dorothy herself. On the 1910 census, her father William was a lad of 16, and a servant in the household of Ross and Bessie Miller, farmers. As a result, knowing the ancestry of her father is difficult. Over her lifetime, Dorothy did some genealogy on her family. Unfortunately, her work has not come to light since her passing.

Dorothy's early life was somewhat scattered due to her parents' divorce, and she grew up in various households- her mother's shared with a new gent, her father's shared with a new wife, and other relatives too. By age 17 or 18, she was in Washington, DC living with a great aunt Ella, age 67 whose husband Ray was only age 29. She was not to stay for long due to Ray's attentions, and quickly found work as a nanny to an 8 month old child. Later, she would work for J. P. Stewart, an automobile dealer there. Eventually her mother secured new housing for all the family to live together, and Dorothy regretfully moved back to Pennsylvania.

Her husband remembers meeting her in the Evansburg area, on the grounds of the Freas family farm. The Freas family ran a glass works where he was employed, and where some of her family was staying in a cabin with family. He recalled seeing her on the porch and thinking she was a cute little lady. Their courtship led to Dorothy marrying William Hamilton Storkey V on December 18, 1937 in the manse at the Presbyterian Church in Roxborough. Though we have family documents, it was initially difficult to verify this marriage because the license was not obtained in Philadelphia, where they married, but in Montgomery County where she lived, and where her husband was employed.

She was the mother of Dorothy Joan Storkey Andrews and William Hamilton Storkey VI. She also gave birth to two children who died very young or were stillborn. She worked in the home, and also at the Collegeville Flag Factory, Superior Tube in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and spent much of her career at Abbott Laboratories, a pharmaceutical firm as well. Additionally, in about 1958 to 1960 she worked as an executive housekeeper for a wealthy family in Connecticut, acting chiefly as a governess.

A worker and mother most her life, Dorothy delighted in nature and the outdoors. She loved working in the garden and yard, and did not shy away from the harder tasks. One of her husband's letters to me described the beautiful day it was that he was writing, and said "Dorothy is out in the yard, moving rocks around in the manner of Welsh people from time immemorial." In keeping with her love of the outdoors, she learned downhill skiing when in her 50's and loved it.

She enjoyed good health much of her life though she had some bouts with bad sinus headaches and skin cancer. Finally though, Dorothy became very ill from hepatitis. She contracted it from a blood transfusion she'd received during a surgery 20 years earlier. That blood she received was given to her before the donated blood supply was widely tested for Hep C, as it is today and has been since 1992. She passed from complications of the disease.

While her husband's Storkey family is mostly interred at Leverington Cemetery, he is not, and nor is she. As she requested, she was cremated and her ashes scattered in Colorado, where she once enjoyed skiing.

 
 
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 Parents:
  William Franklin Jenkins (1892 - ____)
  Lillian Garner Jenkins (1897 - 1985)
 
 Spouse:
  William Hamilton Storkey (1910 - 1987)*
 
 Children:
  Infant Female Storkey*
  Dorothy Joan Storkey Andrews (1942 - 1992)*
  Infant Storkey (1946 - 1946)*
 
 Siblings:
  Lillian Loretta Jenkins*
  William Franklin Jenkins (1913 - 1988)*
  Dorothy Ida Jenkins Storkey (1918 - 1998)
  Alice Ada Jenkins Schroeder (1920 - 1982)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
 
Created by: sr/ks
Record added: Jun 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14667871
Dorothy Ida <i>Jenkins</i> Storkey
Added by: sr/ks
 
Dorothy Ida <i>Jenkins</i> Storkey
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