Sandra Jean Vencill, age 83, passed away on August 2, 2020 while under hospice care at Sunnyview Nursing Home in Trenton where she had resided for the past 4 years. She was born January 29, 1937, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Howard Bankson and Edna Williams Bankson. She was married to Harold Dockery for 27 years. In 1984, she married Earl Vencill. He preceded her in death on September 28, 2012.
In 1953, Sandra moved from Des Moines to the Trenton area with her family. She attended Trenton High School and was a “soda jerk”, as well as a jewelry store employee. After graduating from Trenton High School, she married Harold Dockery. The couple farmed in the Hickory community. In 1964,the family moved to Bethany, MO where they lived for 3 years due to employment. At that time, she was a checker at HyVee Food Store in Bethany. After returning to Trenton, Sandra worked as a checker for HyVee grocery store in Trenton, was a S.M. Rissler School cook, and was in sales for J.C.Penney, Sears, Lauhoff Jewelry, and served as a Trenton Middle and High School cook. No matter where she worked, she always managed to have lots of fun and loved to pull jokes on her co-workers. She enjoyed working hard while having fun, always.
Mrs. Vencill is known for her ability to crochet, sew, cook, and make wood-working crafts and to help with farm related tasks ranging from delivery pigs to driving grain trucks. She loved sharing her handmade crafts with everyone that she came in contact with. Her family has enjoyed her delicious homemade meals for decades. She is most known for her hot rolls.
Sandra was preceded in death by her mother, Edna Weitzell, her father, Howard Bankson, her step-father, Max Weitzell, a brother, Marion Bankson, a sister, Sharron Edwards, as well as her husband, Earl Vencill. Her son in law, David Henderson also preceded her in death. She is survived by a brother, Louis Bankson, two sons, Ray Dockery and his wife, Nina, of Cameron, and Steve Dockery of Shawnee, Kansas. She is survived by one daughter, Terri Henderson of Trenton, as well as one step daughter, Jennifer Weiner and her husband, Howard, of Glendale, Arizona.
In addition, she is survived by grandsons, Jason Dockery and Ethan Dockery of Kansas City. Her granddaughters include: Haley Gibson (Sean) Vancouver, WA, Abby Farris of Trenton, and Mady Barnes (Tony) of Kansas City, Andi Simon (Chris) of Pleasant Hill, Jill DiFabbio (Mike) Glendale, Arizona and Heidi Weiner of Lone Tree, Colorado. Great grandchildren include: Brooklynn and Reece Farris, Greta and Gunnar Simon, Sofia Gibson, as well as Joey and Ally DiFabbio.
Mrs. Vencill is a member of the Shelburne Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Shelburne Baptist Church building fund or Maple Grove Cemetery. Donations may be dropped off at the funeral home or mailed to: Terri Henderson, 3531 East 10th Street, Trenton, MO 64683. The body was cremated under the direction of Slater Neal Funeral Home of Trenton. A social distancing memorial service will be held at Shelburne Baptist Church on Saturday, August 15 at 10:00 am. Inurnment of cremains will be private at a later date.
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