Marie Hooper Jenkins


April 22, 1929 - September 2, 2013

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Services celebrating the life of Marie Hooper Jenkins will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the Chapel of Hixson Brothers, Pineville with Father Fred Tinsley officiating. Burial will follow at Ritchey Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family asks that visitation be observed Saturday, at the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Marie was born on April 21, 1929 in Libuse, Louisiana. She attended Rosenthal Elementary School where she received her May Queen crown, went on to attend Bolton High School, where her interest in Science was piqued and her life’s journey began. Louisiana Polytechnical Institute is where she met and married Charles E. Jenkins. His studies took them to Austin Texas, where she worked, while he finished his degree from the University of Texas at Austin. They then moved to Seattle Washington, where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, at the University of Washington in 1956, and went to work for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle. Next, they were off to China Lake California where she worked at the Naval Ordinance Test Station working on the Propulsion System for the Navy’s Sidewinder missile, among other projects. Marie was the first woman to chair a local chapter of The American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

They finally settled down in Austin, Texas where Marie took several years off to raise her children, and was active in her church and tutored special needs children.

In 1977, after studying computer programming at the University of Texas, she purchased NAPP Inc., an air pollution testing and equipment manufacturing company. As President, she did business around the world and ran the company for over 20 years. She sold the business and retired in 1996, going on to pursue her love of music and being active in her church choir. Marie was absolutely thrilled with the birth of her three granddaughters. She was much loved, and will be greatly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie Hooper and Kitty Burnaman Hooper Brown

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Nancy von Minden and husband, Trip; son, Charles E. Jenkins, Jr. and spouse, James Dixon; granddaughters, Annalise Marie von Minden, and twins, Marie Caveness Dixon-Jenkins and Katherine Burnaman Dixon-Jenkins.