Wilma Gilstrap Jenkins Boyd (1930 -- 2005)

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Former Routt County res--ident Wilma Gilstrap Jenkins Boyd died May 5, 2005, from com--plications of diabetes. She was 75.

Wilma was born March 2, 1930, to Olive and James Gilstrap in Durango. She attended Alterra High School in Roosevelt, Utah, where she graduated as valedictorian with honors in state band, typing and track, and awards in many essay contests.

Wilma lived in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah and worked as a cook and nursing caretaker during her life.

On July 26, 1948, she married Frank Jenkins in La Pointe, Utah. They raised three children during their 26 years together and spent most of their time on ranches in the Oak Creek and Clark areas, before moving to Craig in 1964. They later divorced by remained life-long friends.

She later married John "Rusty" Boyd. During their six years together, they enjoyed traveling, spending their winters in Mexico and their summers in the northern states. Jackson, Wyo., was one of their favorite retreats.

Wilma was a very loving mother and was proud of her children. She enjoyed telling everyone about them and remained a positive influence on them throughout her life.

She was strong willed and had perseverance for life. She always tried to help in whatever way she could and had a talent for encouraging people to never give up in reaching their dreams. In the nursing home, where she touched the lives of nearly everyone, she quickly became known as the "residents' president."

Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Ilene; a daughter-in-law, Peggy; and a granddaughter, Randi. She is survived by her sister, Janet Hankerson of Midvale, Utah; two sons, Allen Jenkins and fiancee Rhonda, and Wesley Jenkins and wife, Angela, all of Craig; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held May 9, 2005, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Craig, followed by interment at the Craig Cemetery.

Her family gives thanks to all her dear friends who showed her kindness and love at home and in the rest home.

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