Lila (Taylor) Jenkins Picton, age 72, of Ashland, formerly of Grand Island, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 after a battle with cancer at the Bryan LGH West Hospital in Lincoln.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, the United Methodist Church in Broken Bow with the Rev. Todd Karges officiating. Burial was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. A memorial has been designated to the Lila Picton Memorial Fund.
Lila Ann Taylor was born Dec. 13, 1940, at Broken Bow, to Milburn and Lera (Gibson) Taylor. Lila graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1958.
Lila moved to Lincoln and worked at the Lincoln newspaper where she met her husband, Charles “Chuck” Jenkins. On Oct. 21, 1961, they were married in Marysville, Kan. They lived in California for a few years before moving back to Broken Bow.
Lila worked at the Custer County Weed District and Nursing Home Builders. Two children were born to this union; Corey and Suzanne. The family moved to Grand Island in 1974, where their family grew by two adopted daughters; Chris and Lori. Charles died Dec. 28, 1985.
Lila worked for Chief Automotive in Grand Island until she retired. May 19, 1988, Lila was married to Ray Slater and they made their home at Doniphan.
Lila began serving in ministry in 2002, and attended St. Paul’s School of Theology in Kansas City. She graduated and served as a Pastor for the United Methodist Churches in Mullen and Tryon from 2002 to 2007 and at Chambers and Amelia 2010 to 2011. September 24, 2004, Lila married Owen Picton. They made their home in Ashland in 2007.
In her spare time she truly enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading, cooking for many and any who would try her new recipe, gardening, singing, decorating and traveling with Owen and families. She was active with Walk to Emmaus and loved helping the United Methodist Women and their many projects. She also went on many mission trips with the church.
Lila is survived by her husband, Owen Picton of Ashland; son, Corey (Sarah) Jenkins of Valentine; daughter, Suzanne Eickhoff of Lincoln; one granddaughter, Kirsten Eickhoff of Lincoln; adopted daughters, Chris Jenkins Valasek of Lubbock, Texas, and Lori Sergeant of Washington; step-daughter, Teresa (Casey) McGrew of Lubbock, Texas; step-grandchildren, Scott McGrew and his daughter Catherine McGrew also from Lubbock, and Trevor (Becky) McGrew of Katy, Texas; step-children David and Cindy Picton, and their children, Martha, Kathryn, Paul of Blair; Stephen and Kelly Picton, and their children, Zachary, Anna of Brookfield, Ill.; brothers, Loren (Charlene) Taylor, Duane (Gayle) Taylor, Dick (Jodene) Taylor, Rex (Sheryl) Taylor and Kent (Cindy) Taylor all of Broken Bow; and sister, Lola (Gene) Chapin also of Broken Bow.
Lila was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Chuck Jenkins, and step son Mike Jenkins.
Published in Custer County Chief, Aug. 15, 2013