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Rev. Shirley Allen-Jenkins

December 9, 1942 - November 24, 2021

Rev. Shirley Allen-Jenkins, originally of Orange, Texas currently residing in McKinney, Texas passed away on November 24, 2021 at the age of 78. She was born on December 9, 1942 to Daniel Jacob Allen and Marjorie Christine Deon in Orange, Texas. Rev. Jenkins was the oldest of 8 children.  

Rev. Jenkins was an alumna of Lamar University earning a degree in Speech Language Pathology, and McNeese State University where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Education.  She began employment with West Orange-Cove Consolidated ISD as a substitute teacher while working toward her Bachelor’s degree.  She later advanced and became a Speech Language Pathologist with the district until her retirement.  Shirley’s life was a demonstration and testament to her children and grandchildren; leading, by example, to work hard, and pursue higher education.  While employed full time as a Speech Pathologist, she simultaneously worked toward obtaining higher education in ministry.  Rev. Jenkins completed her theological studies at Gammon Theological Seminary and Southern Methodist University – Perkins School of Theology, where she earned a Masters of Divinity degree.  She was a living example of self-sacrifice as she single-handedly made provisions for all her daughters to also attend college, and encouraged many others to do the same.      

Shirley began a life of servanthood at an early age.  She grew up and was reared at Salem United Methodist Church in Orange, Texas where she served faithfully in various positions. She trusted in her Lord and Savior wholeheartedly and desired to serve Him in a greater capacity.  For more than three decades, Rev. Jenkins served in the Texas Annual Conference.  Her first appointment was in June of 1987 and she retired in June of 2015. As an Ordained Minister in the United Methodist Church, Rev. Jenkins blessed several churches as a pastor applying her grace filled gifts of teaching.  She also broke barriers as she was the first African American female Pastor to lead multicultural congregations at two of her appointments.  Rev. Shirley Allen-Jenkins pastored at First UMC (Anahuac, TX); St. James UMC (Anahuac, TX); St. Paul UMC (Anahuac, TX); St. Paul UMC (Port Arthur, TX); First UMC (Beaumont, TX); Katy UMC (Katy, TX); Trinity East UMC (Houston, TX); Jones UMC (Houston, Tx); and Community of Love UMC (Angleton, TX).  

She was involved in both civic and social organizations.  Shirley was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc and a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an International Honorary Organization for Women Educators. She was also a previous member of the Orange Chapter of the NAACP. 

Rev. Shirley Allen-Jenkins was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt and sister. Her rich unique legacy will live on through her daughters, Alysa Elliott-Wilson of Houston, Texas, Adana Elliott-Goodall and husband, Brian of Houston, Texas, Kristen Boisrond and husband, Pierre of McKinney, Texas, and Kami Jenkins of Houston, Texas and her grandchildren, Bryson A. Wilson, Cameron Wilson, Kelan Jenkins, Kennedy Wilson, Ayana Robinson, Aria Timmons, Noah Boisrond, and Jacob Boisrond; brother, Joseph Wilmer Robinson and wife, Louise of Orange, Texas; sisters, Thelma Woodrow and husband, James of Orange, Texas, Evon Robinson of College Station, Texas, Rochelle Allen of Beaumont, Texas, and Addie Allen of Beaumont, Texas; and numerous other loving family and friends. 

Rev. Jenkins was preceded in death by her father, Daniel Jacob Allen; mother, Marjorie Robinson; brothers, Lanny Robinson and Harold Robinson, Sr. 

Rev. Jenkins leaves a rich legacy of faith for her children and grandchildren. She greeted everyone with a beautiful smile and blessed others. Her life was full of generosity, kindness, and love towards others.  She was honored to have baptized all 8 of her grandchildren.  She considered her grandchildren her biggest blessing and continued to speak of them until her earthly summons to live with Jesus. 

Rev. Shirley Allen-Jenkin’s life was celebrated and memorialized on Friday, November 26th from 1:00 pm-3:00 p.m by her children, grandchildren, and Godson, Jamal Robinson, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in McKinney-Allen, TX.

The family of Rev. Shirley Allen-Jenkins would like to thank everyone who has offered condolences.  A special thanks to her caregivers for the love, and grace that was shown to her. We would have loved the opportunity to share a celebration of her wonderful life with extended family, friends, and her former congregants; but instead, we honored our Mother’s final wishes and desires.  Please continue to keep us in prayer as we are praying for all of you.


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Praying over your family as you celebrate Shirley’s legacy.
Rev. Amanda Stratton, December 10, 2021 To the family and friends of Shirley Jenkins, our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this trying time. May the peace of God be with you all, Praying, Carl and Barbara Polk Barbara Polk, December 3, 2021 May God's blessing be with you all in your time of sorrow. She was a blessed child of GOD!
Rev. Dr. Carolyn Robinson, December 2, 2021 I was so blessed to know Shirley as a sister in ministry. I worked with her in a merger of some churches and what I loved best was her willingness to follow Christ in that and not people’s fears. She calmed their hearts and lead their spirits to follow Christ alone. Mostly I loved her laugh that said “all will be well”.
Roy James, December 2, 2021 May God comfort all family and friends. Jim Bankston, December 2, 2021 Shirley was one of the sweetest and most giving ladies I ever had the pleasure of knowing and serving in ministry early on. She was gracious beyond words. Prayers of comfort for her family. Her gentle spirit will be missed. Rev. Sherry Q. Crenshaw, December 2, 2021 Lifting you all up in prayer! I love you! Charde Carethers , December 1, 2021 Beautiful Family of Rev. Shirley Allen-Jenkins,. Our Prayers and Condolence are for you. Alysa Elliott-Wilson, our Sister/Minister in Christ we love you. We are assured you are being comforted by Holy Spirit. May our prayers hug your heart. May the love and touch of your immediate family embrace you, Your Purpose and Destiny Family - Houston Region. Phyllis Fuller, December 1, 2021 Our condolences to the family of Rev. Shirley Allen-Jenkins. She was a kind and intelligent pastor here at Katy First. Charles and Linda Cardiff Linda Cardiff, December 1, 2021 I am a friend and sister to Alysa. I had a chance to meet this awesome woman of God a few years ago, and it was a pleasure. Your mother’s light continues to shine through her children and grandchildren, they are all beautiful. I will continue to pray for Alysa and the entire family Keep your heads up. I love you Alysa, Adana, Brian, Kennedy, Cameron,Bryson and Ayana. 
Ava Longs, November 30, 2021 Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of Shirley, she will always be in our hearts.
Rima Kellogg, November 30, 2021 My sympathies to all of Shirley's family and friends. I had the privilege of serving with Pastor Shirley at Katy First United Methodist Church when she was appointed as our associate minister several years back. She was most kind, gracious, classy, intelligent and caring person I have ever known, and it was an honor to serve together in ministry. May her light shine brightly amidst the saints of God as it did here on earth! Barry Barrios, Director of Music and Worship, Katy First United Methodist Church, Texas
Barry Barrios, November 30, 2021 The Simpson and D’Aguilar family sends prayer and condolences to your family. May God continue to provide comfort and understanding as you mourn the loss of your mother and Warrior of His word.
Jean and Gavin D’Aguilar , November 29, 2021 My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. Your mother was an amazing woman and will truly be missed Prayers go out for healing for you all. Tommi Eanes, November 29, 2021 Our deepest sympathy to Shirley’s daughters and grandchildren. The Allens are our cousins whom we love dearly. D. J. and Annie Mae were very special relatives. May the peace of Christ be forever with you. Ina Delahoussaye , November 28, 2021 My deepest condolences to the family. May God cover each of you with the blood of christ and give you courage and strength. Shonda Preston, November 28, 2021 I will always remember Pastor Shirley as a kind and gentle soul. Pastor Shirley officiated at my mothers home going here at The Community Of Love. May God continue to bless you all.
Betty Hoffman , November 27, 2021 Sending my love and deepest condolences to the family. My prayer is that God continue to surround you with a shield and cover you in the blood of Jesus Christ. Amen
Andrea Robinson , November 27, 2021
The Shotlow family offers our condolences to the family of Rev. Jenkins with love. May the love of God enfold you with tender mercies to give you strength for today and days to come. Rev. Mary Shotlow, November 27, 2021 Sympathy and prayers to the family. Patsy Kemp, November 26, 2021 Rashmi and I extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family and wish you peace and comfort as you grieve. Dr Gerlus , November 26, 2021 Sending LOVE, HUGS & KISSES. Our deepest Condolences to you and your family. Best Regards, Kenya Ray & Tracy Robinson Tracy, November 26, 2021 Rev. Allen-Jenkins and I served in the Beaumont District together and always enjoyed seeing each other and getting together. She was a class act: smart, talented, strong and kind. My prayers are with her family. Grace and Peace, Rev. Dr. Rita Sims Rita Sims , November 26, 2021 It was an honor to serve as a colleague of Rev. Allen-Jenkins. She was a gifted pastor and devoted disciple of Jesus Christ. May God grant her family peace and comfort as they mourn her passing. May Shirley Rest In Peace and rise in glory. Rev. Gail Ford Smith, November 26, 2021 Praying for peace for you and your family Yvette Johnson, November 26, 2021 Our St. James CME Church family in McKinney was blessed to meet this beautiful lady just a few short years ago. Her gentle, yet powerful presence enhanced our worship experience in such a mighty way! We are lifting up Kristen, Pierre, Noah and Jacob during this season of sorrow. Thank you for sharing your wonderful Mom, this precious soul, with us! We will be in touch when we return from our travels. Beth Bentley, November 26, 2021 God Bless and Keep you in His Care. She is safe in His Arms. My sister in law was really a Blessing to us. Barbara Robinson Mitchell Jaquita Robinson, Tonya Clark., November 26, 2021 May God grant you peace and comfort. Prayers going up for the family. Michael Williams, November 26, 2021 Our sincere condolences to you Kristen & your entire family! May her precious soul rest easy now! Praying for you & your family! Mary Johnson, November 26, 2021 Thank you Aunt Shirley I don't have enough space to say it all. You were there throughout my entire life. I love you and you will be missed take your rest. Your life changing work here is complete.
Joey Robinson , November 26, 2021
My condolences and prayers to the family, and may the Lord give you comfort and peace in your grief and sorrow
Shirley Mack, November 26, 2021 Praying for the family!! RIH beautiful!! Judy clark, November 25, 2021 Sending my condolences and prayers, Kerrill Brown , November 25, 2021 Alyssa, may the God we serve comfort you during this time and times to come. Love you, Debra Jones, November 25, 2021 My condolences to the family during this hour of bereavement. Love, Peace & Comfort, Pamela Jones & Abba's Agape Ministries Pamela Jones, November 25, 2021 What a beautiful Angel heaven has received, your angelic voice as you worshipped everyday is a beyond measure, I saw you a day before youp grew wing's, I love you Miss Shirley but God loved you more, forever engraved in my heart, rest in peace.
Jackline Nganga, November 25, 2021