What happened to Carol Jenkins Barnett? How did she die at 65?
Carol Jenkins Barnett, daughter of Publix Super Markets founder George W. Jenkins, and arguably Polk County’s greatest and most powerful philanthropist, has died of chronic Alzheimer’s. She Tuesday night somewhere at the age of 65.
At the age of 59, Barnett was identified as having younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease. In a message posted Wednesday, Publix said she died peacefully in the company of family and friends.
“The death of a tremendous humanitarian and social champion has greatly grieved the Publix family.” Publix CEO Todd Jones says in a statement. “In addition to working at Publix, Carol Jenkins Barnett made sizable donations to various charities.
As well as spending on early childhood development initiatives for the benefit of all children. Her family, her colleagues, and her neighborhood will miss her terribly. Carol was a caring person with a big heart. For years to come, her efforts are likely to improve the lives of everyone else.”
Cause of death of Carol Jenkins Barnett
Family members sought solitude as they mourned their losses, according to the Publix news release. Barnett is the youngest of seven children of the Publix owner, who died in 1996.
According to the Central Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s disease. A kind of chronic cognition that affects memory and concentration and ultimately interferes with daily functioning. It affects more than 6 million Americans. According to the Mayo Clinic, only about 5% of people experience complaints well before the age of 65.
Carol Barnett’s Soul School, University of South Florida. In addition to Lakeland Regional Health, as well as other county and national agencies have received large donations in recent years. From Barnett as well as her husband, Barney Barnett.
Carol Jenkins Barnett Publix
The Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Children and Women, an eight-story expansion of Lakeland Community Care, opened in 2019. This came in the wake of the hospital’s larger contribution, which Barnett revealed on Mother’s Day here in 2016.
Barnett, a Lakeland resident, joined Publix. As a cashier at a store in the Grove Gate Shopping Plaza in 1972, according to the company. She worked in Publix’s brand management research and development activities. She after graduating from Florida Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing in 1979.
In 1983, Barnett was named to the Publix board of directors, where she remained until 2016 when she announced her illness. She was also a member of the board of directors for Publix Large Supermarkets Charities.
During 2020, Florida Southwestern University will build the Carol Jenkins Barnett Institute for Early Learning and Wellness. Barnett did one of her last media interviews in 2018 when she attended the building’s groundbreaking event but didn’t talk about her.
Barnett Family Park, near Mirror Lake, was also created by the couple. A funeral ceremony will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Lakeland on Saturday at 11 a.m.