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Obituary for Laura G. Jenkins

Laura G. Jenkins, 56, of Panama City Beach, FL, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017. She was born January 23, 1961 in Galion, OH.

Laura attended Galion High School, and graduated from Science Hill High School in Johnson City, TN, as well as Tennessee Technological University where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture & Natural Resources Management. She was employed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as a Fisheries Biologist for 32 years. Laura moved to Panama City Beach in 1984 for her career, and became an avid scuba diver. She was a member of the Panama City Dive Club, the Florida Native Plant Society, as well as a past president of the St. Andrew Bay Watch. Laura was a certified Master Gardener and enjoyed horseback riding, gardening, and animals. She was a spiritual person of faith and loved her family with all of her heart.
Laura was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace T. Jenkins, and mother, Mary S. Gedeon.

Those left to cherish her memory include her father, Donald M. Gedeon; brothers, Donald K. Gedeon (Denise) and Martin Gedeon (Terry); sister, Michele Vidulich (Richard); nieces, Melanie (Brandon), Alisa, Elizabeth, Renee, Sidney, Abby and Ellie; nephews, Donnie (Jennifer), James and Finn; step-daughter, Jennifer James (Kevin); step-sons, Mark Jenkins (Gerri) and Greg Jenkins (Amy); grandchildren, Tiffani (Kyle), Adam (Brittany), Courtney, Wyatt and Zachary; and great grandchildren, Kyleigh and Hayleigh.

A Celebration of Life service will begin at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Gulfview United Methodist Church, 245 Wisteria Lane, Panama City Beach, FL 32413. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 P.M. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew Bay Watch/ RMA, P.O. Box 15028, Panama City, FL 32406, or by visiting

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Gulfview United Methodist Church

245 Wisteria Ln
Panama City Beach, Florida 32413

Celebration of Life




2:00 PM
Gulfview United Methodist Church

245 Wisteria Ln
Panama City Beach, Florida 32413


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