Eleanor Jenkins


September 18, 1934 - November 12, 2020


Eleanor Jane (Toft) Jenkins, 86, of Mitchell, SD, died Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Firesteel Healthcare Center due to COVID-19. A private family service will be 10:30 AM Saturday, November 28 at the Downtown First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

The service can be viewed via Live-Stream at: https://livestream.com/mitchell-fumc or on Mitchell Telecom Channel 110.

Eleanor was born in Mitchell, SD on September 18, 1934 to George and Florence (Gillis) Toft. She attended Mitchell public schools and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1952. She graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1956. While she was in college, she was an active member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She met her husband, Ronald Richard Jenkins, of Early, Iowa while attending U.S.D. They were married on July 28, 1956.

Ron and Eleanor lived in Mitchell, SD most of their married life with short stints in Germany; Salem, SD; Huron, SD; and Yankton, SD. They enjoyed escaping the SD winters by spending time in Venice, FL and they enjoyed their summers at their cabin in Mystic, SD. They loved living on the Mickelson Trail and each year they helped serve refreshments to the 600 bicyclists who rode the Mickelson Trail Trek each fall.

Eleanor's most cherished role was being a stay at home mother to her three daughters. She was an avid volunteer for numerous organizations including the Girl Scouts, church circle and United Methodist Women, a 64 year member of P.E.O., Chapter J, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Fortnightly, Meals on Wheels, YWCA and Davison County Republican Organization where she served as a precinct captain and an election poll worker.

Eleanor was known for her great cooking and enjoyed entertaining family and friends. She also loved watching DWU basketball games and the Mitchell Kernels. Ron and Eleanor could be spotted on a regular basis at their preferred seats at the Corn Palace for these events.

She is survived by her daughters: Julie (Joe) Lichter, McKinney, TX; Nancy (Todd) Boyd, Mitchell, SD; Susan (Jim) Fitzgibbons, Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren: Laura (Dustin) Kerschner, Oconomowoc, WI: Emily (Kyler Oswald) Lichter, Lincoln, NE; David (Maggie Burda) Lichter, Sioux Falls, SD; Dr. Andrew (Dr. Kyla) Boyd, Sioux Falls, SD; Ryan (Erika) Boyd, Mitchell, SD; Spencer (Anna Keefe) Boyd, Mitchell, SD; Frank, Jack and Maggie Fitzgibbons, Sioux Falls, SD; Great-grandchildren: Brooklynn and Mitchell Kerschner, Oconomowoc, WI; Cooper and Collins Boyd, Sioux Falls, SD and Arthur Boyd, Mitchell, SD.

She is preceded in death by her husband Ron who died on April 20, 2020, her parents and sister, Emilie Jeanne Toft.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Dakota Wesleyan University or the Downtown First United Methodist Church.



None Scheduled


Saturday, November 28, 2020
10:30 AM
The private family service can be viewed at: https://livestream.com/mitchell-fumc or on Mitchell Telecom Channel 110


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Eldon and Mary Jean Jensen on November 24, 2020
Our sympathy to all of Eleanor's family. We so enjoyed spending time with Ron and Eleanor the past 16 years...Summers in Dakota, bringing Lemmon Bars to the Trek at Mystic, and winter months in Venice. We will miss their company, but now know they are "Safe in the Arms" of Jesus and each other. .
Posted by Rodney Titze & Mary on November 20, 2020
Nancy & boys - condolences from Rod & Mary
Posted by Rose Carson on November 19, 2020
Always enjoyed visiting with Eleanor when we crossed paths at church things. She was such a cheerful person. One always felt good after a visit.
Posted by Connie daugherty on November 19, 2020
What a lovely lady who lived a wonderful life
Posted by Victor and Toni Guida on November 19, 2020
Our thoughts are and prayers are with you. Your mom will be missed by many. She had a kind sole and open generosity for all those who were lucky enough to know her. With sympathy The Guida family
Posted by lorraine alfred on November 18, 2020
My sympathy and prayers at this sad time for your families. Her love and memories will always be with you.. Cherish the many years you shared. Lorraine Alfred
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on November 18, 2020
So sorry for this loss of a great lady ! You all are our thoughts and prayers !!
Posted by Jan Weisser on November 17, 2020
Sorry for your loss. God be With you.
Posted by Dana Freeman (Robey) on November 16, 2020
My thoughts and prayers to the entire family. First, your dad and now your mom. My heart aches for all of you!
Posted by Jane Amick on November 16, 2020
Nancy and Family, Our sympathy on the loss of your Mother. We are hoping you have wonderful memories to help you through this sad time.
Posted by Louise Smith and family on November 16, 2020
Our deepest sympathies. Eleanor was a gracious and kind person deeply rooted in Mitchell. She contributed in numerous ways to her church and community and will be truly missed.
Posted by Lori Deibert on November 14, 2020
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we love deeply becomes a part of us. You have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your sweet mother.
Posted by Kell Hills on November 14, 2020
Julie and family, I was sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was such an elegant lady. My heartfelt loving thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Posted by Lloyd and Darlene Lueken on November 14, 2020
Sending love and sympathy to all of you at this sad time. We know how deeply she loved you all.
We feel blessed to have so many wonderful memories of our times together in Mitchell, the Black Hills and Florida. We know they are together again and with their Lord.
Posted by Jane Goldammer on November 13, 2020
You have my heart felt sympathy on your loss. I will keep you in my prayers. Blessings to you and your family.
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