M. Ernest Jenkins Jr., Clerk, Avid Gardener

April 17, 2009|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

M. Ernest Jenkins Jr., a retired clerk and avid gardener, died April 10 of pulmonary edema at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 90.

Mr. Jenkins was born in Baltimore and raised on West Lake Avenue in a home that later became the Boys' Latin School's lower school.

He was a 1937 graduate of the Canterbury School in New Milford, Conn., and attended Princeton University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mr. Jenkins worked for many years as a clerk at Black & Decker in Towson. He retired in the late 1970s.

"He loved gardening and had more flowers at his Towson home than house," said his sister, Clare Lambert of Crumpton.

Mr. Jenkins was also an accomplished bridge player, his sister said.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Smith and Greely avenues in Mount Washington.

Also surviving are a brother, Manly Jenkins of Chestertown; and several nieces and nephews.

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