In loving memory of Darlene Jenks: 1946-2023


Darlene (Hayden) Jenks passed away May 3, 2023, after a long battle with dementia. 

Darlene was born Nov. 4, 1946, in Walla Walla, where she grew up. She met Bill Jenks, who she married at age 16 when they ran away to Idaho. They were married for 56 years when he passed away in 2019. 

Bill and Darlene moved to Woodland in 1970 where they raised their two children. She worked on the carrot farm and also wrapped fishing rods. Darlene enjoyed spending time with her family, going camping and fishing. 

Darlene is survived by her sisters, Betty and Kitty; her children, Billie Jo (Mark) Cook and Shawn (Melody) Jenks; grandchildren, Joshua (Jessie) Cook, Josie (Nick) Taylor,  and Jasen (Becca) Cook; and six great-grandchildren. 

The family will hold a small private celebration of life at their home.