Venita Ann Lee went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 while visiting her daughter in Kansas City, Missouri. Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Revival Center COGIC. Interment to follow at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at 12:30 on Monday, May 7, 2018.
Venita was born in Sedalia, Missouri on June 14, 1949 to Scott Jenkins, Sr. and Bertha Cozetta (Webb) Jenkins. She graduated from Des Moines Technical High School. After graduation she attained an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Des Moines Area Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Drake University.
Venita was employed by the City of Des Moines, Office of Neighborhood Development; Gateway, Inc., as a Counselor for teens; Des Moines Public Schools in several capacities, such as: a Transportation Associate, Building Associate, and Omdbudsman; Des Moines International Airport; and as a Home Healthcare Aide for Auxi Health Services, as well as, Iowa Home Health Care until her retirement.
Mother Venita Lee was an awesome, distinctive, prayerful, honest, sincere, loving, wise, blessed, anointed, integrity filled, virtuous Woman of God. Mother Venita was an encourager. She was a devoted nurturing daughter, sister, wife, and mother. She saw the good in people and uplifted them with her wisdom. She recognized people’s character flaws and would share words of reassurance which motivated change in their lives. She was always willing to offer a positive word, prayer, and/or scripture. Mother Lee was an inspiration and divine influence to all. She was Cozetta's principal confidant, advocate, inspiration, and friend.
Mother Venita Lee was preceded in death by her husband Donald; parents, Scott and Bertha Jenkins; her daughter, JaVanna Lee; her brothers, Carl Jenkins, Sr., Scott Jenkins, Jr. and Darryl Jenkins; her niece Bertha Jean Williams and nephews Carl Jenkins, Jr. and Kevin Hall.
Left to cherish Venita's memory is her daughter, Cozetta Jenkins of Kansas City, MO; stepsons Douglas Lee, and Ross Lee of Des Moines, IA; her sisters, Carol Williams and Antionette (Charles, Jr) Battle of Des Moines, IA, Dr. Mozella (Armand, Jr.) Dyer of Kansas City, KS, Attorney Brenda (Suffragan Bishop Wardell, Jr.) Watkins of Olathe, KS and Charlotte Jackson of Milwaukee, WI; brother-in-law, Elder Joseph (Sandra) Lee, along with a host of many relatives, friends, and church family.