HAMPDEN – Marie (L’Hommedieu) Cleveland Jenks, 71, died July 7, 2006, after a long illness. She was born Aug. 29, 1934, to the Rev. John Marshall Cleveland and Dorothy L’Hommedieu Cleveland and spent most of her childhood in Lockport, Ill. She attended local public schools until eighth grade and then Kemper Hall, a girl’s preparatory school in Kenosha, Wis. After high school she studied at a music conservatory in Chicago, where she met the Rev. Robert T. Jenks and they married Sept. 8, 1953. The early years of their marriage were spent in Chicago, where her husband was vicar of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. In 1958 they moved to Indianapolis and then in 1961 to New York City, where her husband served as vicar of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. While living in New York she raised four children while attending both the City College of New York and Columbia University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in 1968. After her graduation she worked for a market research firm until the family moved to Blandford, Mass. in 1973, where they lived and worked on a blueberry farm. In 1981 she and her husband moved to Holley, N.Y., where her husband served as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and she worked as a librarian until 1988. From there they moved to Block Island, R.I., where her husband was priest-in-charge of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church and she continued her work as a librarian until his retirement. In 1991 they moved to Maine, settling in Rockland. She spent her years there caring for her husband during a long illness until his death in 1999, and then she devoted her time and energy to various ministries as a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland. In 2005 she moved to Hampden, where she lived with her daughter, Deborah, until her death. A short recitation of facts related to her life does not begin to encompass her character or her accomplishments. She was a partner with her husband in ministry; the mother of four children; a scholar and musician; a level-headed, pragmatic, truth-teller; an avid reader; and she enjoyed doing the New York Times crossword puzzles. She lived and died with grace, courage, dignity and a profound love for God and for her neighbor. She is survived by her children, the Rev. Dr. Deborah Jenks of Hampden, Rebekah Aiken and her husband, David, of Beverly, Mass., Br. Christopher Stephen Jenks, BSG, of Yonkers, N.Y. and Matthew Jenks and his wife, Ruth, of Poinciena, Fla.; and by her brother, John Marshall Cleveland Jr. and his wife, Nora, of Chicago. She was predeceased by her husband, her parents, and her brother, Stephen. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at the Hampden Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Dr. Debra Hanson and Fr. Robert Valliancourt officiating. A funeral Mass will be held at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City at a date and time to be announced, and her ashes interred there with those of her husband. Memorial contributions may be made to Fessenden Supportive Housing, Inc., 236 Warbuton Ave., Yonkers, NY 10701, a residence for men in recovery from addictions, or to the Help for Hampden Fund, care of Hampden Congregational Church, P.O. Box 9, Hampden, ME 04444. Arrangements entrusted to the Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden. Messages of condolence or memories may be shared through www.hampdengilpatrick.com