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Dorothy Nell (Simon) Jinkins

March 19, 1929 ~ October 22, 2022 (age 93)


Our mom, Dorothy Nell Jinkins passed away on October 22, 2022, at her daughter Diane Angelo’s home after a long fight with pneumonia and a broken leg.


Our mom was born March 19, 1929 in Pryorsburg, Kentucky to Mallie Guynell (Wray) and General Fitzhugh Lee Simon.


She was preceded in death by: her late husband Merlin Jinkins; her son Donald Davis; two sons-in-law Henry “Hank” Angelo and Vernon Lange; her daughter-in-law Sandra Frenchette; a grandson Justin Brookes; a brother Gilbert (Ester) Simon; and a sister Helen (Burt) Tibbs


Dorothy worked may years at Paramont Die Cast until they closed. She then worked at Leco Corporation until she retired. Dorothy then went on to work many years at Right at Home where she was awarded Regional Caregiver of the Year.


Our mom enjoyed travel, she visited England, had a time share in Jamaica, and she enjoyed her many trips to Florida. Mom had two special places her kitchen and her garden. She shared her cakes, pies and casseroles with her neighbors and doctors. She helped her family and friends with her flower garden knowledge and energy.


Dorothy is survived by a large loving family including: her son David Jinkins; five daughters Diane Angelo, Glenda (Rodney) Green, Linda Jordan, Patty Brookes, and Tammy (Roger) Jackson; eleven grandchildren Don Davis Jr, Shelia, Kraig, Tracy, Christine, Lea, Ashley, Zachary, Don, Kristan, and Phillip; numerous great and great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.



 Friends may visit with Dorothy’s family Wednesday, October 26, 2022 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet, where funeral services will be celebrated Thursday, October 27, at 1:00 PM. Internment will be celebrated privately in Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph. Memorials may be made in Dorothy’s memory to American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Dorothy’s family.

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October 26, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hutchins Funeral Home
209 South Main Street ~ PO Box 103
Watervliet, MI 49098

Funeral Service
October 27, 2022

1:00 PM
Hutchins Funeral Home
209 South Main Street ~ PO Box 103
Watervliet, MI 49098

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