Pat Jenkins, of Loudon, passed away Sept. 15, 2019, after living courageously with cancer for more than five years.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, King Jenkins; daughters, Connie Bailey (son-in-law Rickey) of Edmond, Okla., and Lynn Jenkins (son-in-law Matt Mohle) of Grover Beach, Calif.; grandchildren, Jake Bailey of Lexington, Ky., and Logan Abellana of Grover Beach, Calif.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Zola Payne of Maryville.

Pat and King were a rare couple, high school sweethearts and best friends. They met freshman year at Maryville High School. Their love, as well as their true partnership, was admired by anyone who knew them. Pat’s love for animals was her passion and life calling. She rescued many animals, mostly cats, but was known to pull over on a busy road and dodge traffic to save a turtle. She helped neighbors and friends care for their pets for close to 30 years.

Pat’s love for animals likely began after spending many childhood years on her grandparents’ farm in Madisonville. Pat was an inspiration and loving example to her children and grandchildren, who she loved with all her heart.

The family will hold a private memorial at a later date and request you leave your condolences on the Click Funeral Home website at Pat asked that any gifts in her memory be made in her name to the animal shelter of your choice or to the University of Tennessee Knoxville Hospice Promise Fund, 4435 Valley View Drive, Suite 104, Knoxville, TN 37917.

Click Funeral Home & Cremations-Tellico Village chapel is serving the family of Pat Jenkins.