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Margaret (Wright) Jenkins

August 27, 1936 ~ September 28, 2018 (age 82)
Margaret was born to the late Jessie and Theola Wright in Sumter County Alabama. At an early age, she found Christ and was baptized at the Bethel Baptist Church. After moving to Phoenix, AZ., Margaret was at first a member of Southminster Presbyterian Church, and more recently Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. Margaret passed away on September 28, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. As an anchor in her family, she celebrated everyone’s achievements like they were her own. She majored in Chemistry and minored in Mathematics, earning a Bachelor of Science degree at Alabama A&M in Normal, Alabama. Early in her career, Margaret worked as a teacher in Sumter County, Alabama and in Frankfurt, Germany. Her successful career as a teacher triggered her knack for understanding technology and led her to a new opportunity with Motorola in Phoenix, AZ. Margaret was employed for 32 years at Motorola where she began as a researcher and became a leading pioneer in the Semi Conductor field. She developed a patent for the Wright Etch, a process used by Motorola and other companies to etch silicon discs, and the process bears her name even today. She later worked as a Sales Executive with Motorola until her retirement. She also volunteered as a mentor, Junior Achievement advisor, recruiter at Historically Black Colleges and a trainer for numerous colleagues and interns. Her greatest pride while working was mentoring young employees, especially women and minorities to empower them to be successful in corporate America. Before there was HGTV, there was Margaret. She was the ultimate Do-it-yourselfer. Margaret boldly picked up a hammer or a pickaxe and was the general contractor for her remodeling projects. Additionally she was amazing with a sewing machine. She made stunning outfits for herself, friends and family. She also had an amazing talent for tailoring men’s suits. Margaret’s DIY skills were only eclipsed by her gift for making friends. She believed that getting people together was one of the most important things in life. All of us will forever benefit from her friendship and generosity. She loved to share food and wisdom, and she knew she had your attention when you were knee deep in ribs and caramel cake. Margaret came to her love for sports through her experience as a high school basketball player. She was a longtime fan of the Phoenix Suns, and many of the players and their families are still friends to this day. Margaret became an avid lover of golf. She joined the Papago Golf Club and gamely supported the Club by volunteering on the Wild Safari at Papago event, a fundraiser for ASU’s Women’s Golf Team. Margaret always looked for ways to find the best in people. She rarely met a stranger whom she did not embrace as a friend. She was truly one of God’s children and a testament for us all. Margaret will be sorely missed by family and extended family-friends who all remain humbled by Margaret’s life. Margaret leaves to cherish her memory a loving daughter Synetta Jenkins, former husband Sylvester Jenkins; sisters: Annie Simon, Eunice White, Retha Simmons, Fannie Simmons, Beatrice (Willie) Baker; step sister Willie (Roosevelt) Daniels; brothers: (Clarence, deceased) sister-in-law Nettie Wright, Tom (Sue) Ruffin, Melvin Simmons, and John Simmons (Linda).

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85034

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Scholarship Fund in care of the church.

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