August 10, 1936 – September 1, 2018
Born in Windsor VT to Katherine Humphreys and Raymond Sheltry, her family moved throughout New England eventually settling in Burlington VT where Liz would attend high-school as part of the class of 1955. She married Don Jenkins in 1960, settling in South Burlington where they raised their three sons. Years later they moved to Bolton Valley living on the mountain in a home they had built. Summer were spent on Squam lake, Holderness NH, returning for ski season. Life was good. They continued this pattern until the call of the west bit them and they began wintering in Teton Valley Idaho near son Pete and skiing Grand Targee while returning summers to Squam. After living in the Teton Valley for more than 10 years they returned to Burlington in 2014.
Liz (or Mom, or Nana), as she was known to all passed away after a brief illness while living at the Arbors in Shelburne. She lived a full life with her husband Don Jenkins. Together they raised three sons; Donald Jr (Burlington), George (Richmond) and Peter (Jackson Wyoming). They also played a significant role in the upbringing of two grandson’s, Christopher and Tyler. Many others have expressed the positive influence Liz and Don had in their lives, more than one stating, I am a better person for having had them in my life.
Liz was pre-deceased by her husband of 57 years, Don, her mother Katherine, father Raymond and brother Bud Sheltry.
Additionally, she leaves behind her third grandson, Parker, son of Pete and wife Christine. Her sister Janet and husband John Bossi, brother Ernest Sheltry, nieces; Linda Sheltry, Elisabeth Bossi, Barbara Moore, Susan Thibeault, Joann Stich and nephew Ernest Sheltry Jr. From Don’s family; brother in-law Richard and wife Nina Jenkins, nieces and nephews; Chris Jenkins, Turney Munson, Susan Luba, Kevin Jenkins, Kent Jenkins. There are many grand-nieces and nephews on both sides of the family and friends from her long life too.
She will be remembered as an avid knitter who contributed hundreds if not thousands of baby hats to local hospitals wherever she was. She also quilted, caned chairs, made cut and pierced lampshades, braided beautiful rugs and more. Collecting antiques (fine glass in particular) and gardening were strong interests. Liz supported her boys as a scouting leader.
Her cooking was always raved about with good reason, she had talent. Bread kneaded by her sons, cookies and her legendary pumpkin bread. Liz was an animal lover as well. Cats and dogs were always members of the family, then there were rabbits, a duck, guinea pigs, mice, tropical fish etc… Bud the big dog and Max the cat are now living with Donald.
A large portion of her family was able to gather at the Arbors to celebrate her recent 82nd birthday where she enjoyed a nice dark chocolate cake and ice cream. We wish to acknowledge the care and support Liz received at the Arbors over the last year of her life, particularly the staff that made her a friend as well as a resident.
As a chocolate lover, she will be remembered well by the phrase, “I could only love you more if you were dipped in chocolate”.
A memorial gathering will be held in Claremont NH on 9/29, please contact the family for details. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a charitable donation in Liz’s name to your local animal shelter or Planned Parenthood. The family may be reached via email at Don_Liz@dkjenkins.com