Clara Jenkins, a long-time resident of Buffalo/Sheridan, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 8, 2020, she was 78.
She was the second child of four born to parents Leslie and Irene Bricker. Clara was raised in the Gillette area. They would travel to their maternal grandmother’s for visits, grandma Shaw loved having cookies ready for the grandchildren. By the time she could barely talk, Clara would always ask her grandma for a cookie. So she was nicknamed “Cookie”. Family and close friends would affectionately refer to her by that name. After graduating from high school, she married her high school sweetheart Terry Jenkins. Together with her husband and children, she spent her life ranching in northeast Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan counties.
Clara enjoyed the ranch life and all that it involved. She loved her horses, livestock, wildlife, pets, and rodeo. She was gifted with the ability to teach others now to ride, love, and care for horses as well as other animals. She was a budding artist and interior decorator. With a flair for western and southwestern styles. She collected antiques and incorporated them into her home design in the numerous places she lived. Clara was an avid horsewoman who was happiest when she was horseback, helping her family and friends work cattle. She enjoyed raising horses, horse racing, and competing in local, state, and regional rodeos. Along with her ranching life, she worked at the Sheridan Sale Barn, Custom Cowboy Shop, drove a school bus in Gillette, WY and was a gate guard at NX Bar Ranch. She was a member of the Wyoming Cowgirls Association, Johnson County Cowbells, Sheridan and Johnson County Cowgirls Association.
Proceeding Clara in death was her husband of 35 years, Terry Jenkins, and her parents, Leslie and Irene Bricker. She is survived by her son Terry and his wife Susan and daughter Jacquelyn Jo Jenkins, her sister Loretta (Troy) Freeburg, brothers Stan (Diane), and Steve (Linda) Bricker. She also leaves behind her cherished grandchildren Terry (Cassie), Mitch (Renee) and Ginger Jenkins, Lane (Ella) Moreland, her three great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Services will be held at a later time. The family has chosen to hold a celebration of Clara’s life at 2:00 pm at Kane Funeral Home in Sheridan, WY on Saturday, July 11, 2020. A reception will follow in the Kane Reception Hall. Her family and friends are invited to come and share their memories of Clara.
We would like to thank everyone at Westview Health Care for the wonder care, kindness and compassion that they gave to our mother over the last year of her life.
Donations can be made to CHAPS Equine Assisted Therapy PMB 201 1590 Sugarland Dr. Ste B, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com. Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.