Anita P. Jenkins, Shore antiques dealer

She established antiques business in St. Michaels

November 16, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Anita P. "Bumps" Jenkins, an Eastern Shore antiques dealer who enjoyed dancing, died Nov. 5 in her sleep at Chester River Manor, a Chestertown assisted-living facility. She was 94.

Anita Phillips, the daughter of the Belvedere Hotel manager and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson and Cedarcroft. She was known as "Bumps" because when she was a child, she had trouble navigating stairs.

"Because she had scarlet fever, she never graduated from Towson High School," said her daughter, Barrie H. Islev-Petersen of Chester.

During World War II, Mrs. Jenkins was a member of the American Women Volunteer Services and was stationed at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River, where she transported Royal Air Force pilots to Washington after they had ferried planes to the Martin facility.

After the war, she worked in sales for the Greif Co. and Hutzler's department store. She later was an administrative assistant for WAQE, a Towson radio station, and WANN, a radio station in Annapolis.

In 1968, the Towson resident moved to Oxford and took a job working for William Blair Antiques. She later established her own antiques business in St. Michaels.

For the past 25 years, Mrs. Jenkins, who loved dancing and big band music, lived in Chestertown. She was also an accomplished needle worker.

A memorial gathering will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Chester River Yacht and Country Club, 7738 Quaker Neck Road in Chestertown.

Also surviving are her husband of 48 years, M. Manly Jenkins, a retired salesman; a son, Tyler P. Houck of Lake Worth, Fla.; a brother, S. Carter Phillips of Clearwater, Fla.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. An earlier marriage to George E. Houck Jr. ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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