Mrs. Mary Slavens Jenkins, member of an early Kansas City family, died yesterday at 6024 East Eleventh street. She had been in ill health about one and one-half years, but was not confined to bed until she suffered a heart attack last week.
Mrs. Jenkins was a daughter of the late J. W. L. Slavens and Mrs. Martha Slavens, whose homestead was at Hunter avenue (Linwood boulevard) and Main street. J.W.L. Slavens was mayor of Kansas City in the late 1880s. Mrs. Slavens, a Methodist lay worker, was instrumental in the founding of the Gillis Home for Children.
Mrs. Jenkins was a lifelong resident of Kansas City. She was educated in private schools and toured Europe at the time her father was mayor, when she was about 18.
She later was married to E.C.B. Jenkins, who was secretary to the board of police commisioners several years after 1917. A member of the Pendergast faction, Jenkins wrote, in his tenure as police board secretary, a widely circulated pamphlet entitled "Crime, Its Cause and Cure." He also had served as a deputy sheriff and was assistant commissioner of the water department when he died in 1930.
Mrs. Jenkins moved to the Eleventh Street address about a year ago and was being cared for there by a nurse, Mrs. Winifred Brown.
Services will be held at 11 o'clock Tuesday at the Stine & McClure chapel. Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery.
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