Barbara Jenkins Pasman
Barbara Jenkins Pasman

January 9, 1935 - July 17, 2022
Born in Great Falls, MT
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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We are sad to announce the death of our dear mother, Barbara Helen Fjelstad Jenkins Pasman, on July 17, 2022, in Des Moines. She passed away in a quiet and peaceful manner, much the way she led her life. Barbara was born January 9, 1935, to Helen and Elbert “Al” Fjelstad in Great Falls, MT. She often pointed out that she was one day younger than Elvis.

Barbara treasured school and learning. She loved to draw in her youth and was a voracious reader. She was honored to be elected to Montana Girls’ State in 1952. After graduation, she desired to see the world so chose to attend the University of Denver. In the summer before she was to leave for college, she met the love of her life, Alvin “Bud” Jenkins. He was an intern youth minister at St. John’s Lutheran Church where she and her sister Sharon were very active.
Barbara attended a trimester at the University of Denver but was homesick for Bud. She moved back to Great Falls, and they were soon engaged. Barbara Fjelstad and Alvin Jenkins were married August 22, 1954, in Great Falls.

Following the wedding, the couple moved to Minneapolis, where Bud was a seminary student at Northwestern Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1955 and they began their partnership in the ministry. They served congregations in Walters, MN; Minot, ND; Bagley and Cassville, WI; Oulu, Port Wing, and Iron River, WI; Manly, IA; Burlington, IA; and Council Bluffs, IA. Barbara chipped in wherever she was needed during this time, with duties that included writing and printing bulletins and newsletters, singing soprano in the church choir, teaching Sunday School, playing the piano (she never thought she was good enough but would do it in a pinch), cleaning the building if necessary, and anything else Bud needed.

As if she wasn’t busy enough, she added her most-loved role, mother to her children. Barbara and Bud produced seven children in nine years.
In the late 1960s, Barbara decided to continue with her education. First, she needed to learn how to drive because the closest college was 45 miles away. She learned to drive and later finished her Associate of Arts degree in Business at NIACC in Mason City. She served as a secretary in her earlier years of employment but was a natural bookkeeper. She loved her jobs at the YMCA in Burlington and Red Cross in Council Bluffs because crunching numbers was in her blood.

In 1994, Barbara and Bud retired and moved to Hot Springs Village, AR. They were active in their church and enjoyed playing cards and spending time with family and friends. Bud passed away unexpectedly on January 6, 1996. Although her heart was broken, Barbara continued to be a rock for her children. She was never comfortable driving but would get behind the wheel and drive up to 10 hours north whenever she could.
Barbara began dating Garry Pasman, a permanent fixture at her church, and they married in 2000. They were happily married for 15 years before Garry passed on January 12, 2016. Together they traveled to Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Germany, and throughout the US. Following his death, Barbara moved to Iowa City and then Des Moines.

Barbara is survived by seven children, Pamela Connell of Peoria, IL, Paul Jenkins and wife Johanna of Nixa, MO, Julie Honsey and husband Scott of Des Moines, IA, John Jenkins of Tucson, AZ, Sue Krekel and husband Tom of Des Moines, IA, Scott Jenkins and wife Gayla of Weldon Spring, MO, and Lisa Price and husband Russ of Iowa City, IA; 14 grandchildren, Ben Honsey and wife Holly, David Connell and fiancé Maggie, Joe Honsey, Natalie Campbell and husband Fairman, Andrew Krekel and wife Lauren, Hannah Honsey, Jacob Price and wife Maeve, Rachel Geyen and husband Jason, Evan Price, Eli Price, Joshua Jenkins, Samuel Jenkins, Owen Krekel, and Joel Jenkins and fiancé Halle; three step-grandchildren, Zach Samano, Matt Samano and wife Urooj, and Luke Samano; 10 great grandchildren (with one on the way), Maddie, Emily, Ryan, and Collin Honsey; James, Evelyn, and Grant Campbell; Nora and Charles Geyen; and Ada Price; and her sister Sharon Howarth and husband Don of Great Falls, MT.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Al, and husbands Alvin and Garry.

The family will hold a private service on August 20. Memorials may be sent to the Praise Band at St. Mark Lutheran Church. Condolences for the family may be shared online at




Private Family Services
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Saturday, August 20, 2022