Skip to content

Obituary - Jenny Kokenes

Virginia "Jenny" Pleasants Kokenes, 70, of Charlotte, NC, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster. She was born February 9, 1945 in Clearwater Beach, FL, daughter of the late Graydon Oliver Pleasants and Virginia Shaffner Pleasants. Jenny was raised in Winston-Salem, NC where she attended the Summit School and graduated from Salem Academy and Salem College.

Jenny is survived by husband Dean Kokenes of 28 years Charlotte, NC; daughter Adair Sheahan, husband Dan, granddaughters Reilly and Bridget Denver, CO; daughter Winston Rice Aspen, CO; brother Graydon Pleasants, wife Margaret Scales, niece Virginia, nephew Graydon Winston-Salem, NC; step-son Stephen Kokenes, wife Leigh, grandchildren Corrine and Stuart Raleigh, NC; step-daughter Kristen Xerras, husband Greg and granddaughters Alex, Olivia and Mia Charlotte, NC.

Jenny lived and loved wholeheartedly. She was passionate about the art of fine horsemanship from an early age. Jenny remained an avid and devoted equestrian and got deep personal fulfillment from it throughout her life. She raised her daughters, Adair and Winston, with an appreciation of her love of horses and her independent spirit. Jenny expressed and shared her creativity, generosity and compassion through her love of baking, gardening and travel. Her favorite destination was always the beach. Jenny and Dean found great enjoyment and satisfaction exploring many far flung places of interest. These travels were enriched by family visits, time spent with children and grandchildren, as well as making new friends and visiting old friends.

Their quest for adventure led them to Aspen/Snowmass Colorado for 15 winters where they worked and enjoyed living the full Rocky Mountain experience. Last summer, Jenny fulfilled her lifelong dream of riding in a "real deal" cattle drive in Wyoming with girlfriends. Jenny would want us all to remember to be kind, have fun and live life to the fullest. If you would like to make an expression of your love in Jenny's honor, you may do so by making donations to either Misty Meadows Mitey Riders, 455 Providence Road South, Weddington, NC 28173, or Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster, 8919 Park Road, Suite 1000, Charlotte, NC 28210 A celebration of Jenny's life will be held at a later date.

More Stories

  • **Updated Event Cancellations

    Saddle Horse Report will provide daily updates to the list of canceled and postponed horse events. Read More
  • A Blast From The Past

    Saddle Horse Report is pleased to bring you a series of past feature stories on some of the greats of our sport. Please enjoy this walk down memory lane. Read More
  • Future Forum: The Up and Coming of Young Trainers

    Enjoy the first in a series on young trainers! Read More
  • Time to Nominate

    Do you know a UPHA member that should be acknowledged not only for their success in the show ring but also their contributions to UPHA and our industry? Nominate them for the 2020 UPHA Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement awards by June 15, 2020. Read More
  • From the Desk of Marty Schaffel: Data Points Are Telling

    When I get ready to leave the house for the day, I am checking the data points regarding the weather before I leave so I know what I need for the day.  Those data points are: What is the temperature? Is it raining or going to rain? Is there a strong wind? Is it humid? And so on.   Read More
  • Summer Dreams Reopens Show Season

    Katy Texas was the site of the first show back in business after the pandemic brought a sudden halt to all normal activities, including horse shows. May Chadick and her team at Vantage Point Stables did a great job of providing exhibitors a chance at normalcy with all of the safety protocols in place.  Read More
  • Ten Years Ago - Connecticut Morgan

    Plans for the 60th anniversary of the Connecticut Morgan Horse Show are on hold until next year. While we miss being there this week, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights from the 50th anniversary in 2010. Read More
  • Qualification Changes for the Grand National Youth of the Year Contest

    AMHA Youth Programs has been working hard to navigate the next steps for local and National Youth of the Year Contests considering the recent cancelations and date changes of shows across the country... Read More
  • Ten Years Ago - Rock Creek

    While we miss our trip to Louisville this week, we are looking forward to renewing the Rock Creek tradition in October. Let’s take a look back at some of the great memories from Rock Creek 2010. Read More
  • Class of 2020 Yearbook

    Saddle Horse Report presents the Class of 2020 Yearbook. We are proud to feature some of the 2020 graduates who are and will be a major force in the show horse industry. We know their talent and perseverance will help carry them on to many successes ahead. Read More