Joan Ellen Jenkins, 50, wife of Matthew M. Crocker, passed away at her home in Royersford, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 25, 2017, after a long illness.
She was born at UCLA Hospital in Los Angeles, on May 24, 1967, the daughter of Richard and Kay (Wescott) Jenkins.
She grew up in Santa Susana, Simi Valley, California, attending schools there. She later attended Lompoc High School before graduating from San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara.
After graduating from San Marcos High School in 1985, Joan worked as a nanny in Washington, D.C., for a few years. She was always interested in politics and during this time, she bid on and won an auction to have lunch with Wisconsin Sen. Robert Kasten in the U.S. Senate Dining Room. The lunch invitation included her parents, herself and four friends. When asked in later years how much she had to pay for the winning bid, her answer was it did not matter because no one was going to outbid her, as it would guarantee her parents making a trip to see her.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her father, Richard D. Jenkins of Portage; two brothers, James M. Jenkins and Daniel D. Jenkins, both of Santa Barbara, California; and her daughter, Charlotte W. Crocker, who was the light of her life and made her happy beyond measure. She was preceded in death by her mother, Kay E. (Wescott) Jenkins; and a brother, Keith R. Jenkins.