Jamie Shanko Gramkow, 68, of Avilla, Arkansas passed away February 10, 2021. She was born February 5, 1953 in Norwalk, Connecticut to the late Michael “Mike” and Elizabeth “Bette” (Och) Shanko. She is also preceded in death by her brother, Michael Thomas Shanko.
Jamie married Al Gramkow on July 4, 1973 and they moved to Arkansas spending forty seven happy and adventurous years together in the Little Rock Area.
Jamie retired from the State of Arkansas after serving at the Department of Health as a Home Health Supervisor. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business finance and worked towards her master’s degree while working full time. Jamie had an enormous, generous heart and loved people. She often visited various markets searching for unique gifts for her friends, family or just anyone she felt deserved some personal recognition. Jamie enjoyed special times with her husband hunting and fishing; raising and nurturing their numerous cats and dogs; and all things centered around “the 3 S’s” – Sand, Sun and Saltwater. Her favorite project was designing her underground home and she faced the unique challenges of construction with fierce determination. Jamie was well loved, adored by her family, lived a good life, made an impact on everyone who knew her and will be sorely missed.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory: her loving husband, Al Gramkow of Avilla, Arkansas; sister, Bonnie Parker and husband Jerry of League City, Texas; brother-in-law, Keith Gramkow and spouse, Debbie of North Carolina; sister-in-law, Alicia Murray and husband Rich of North Carolina; nephew, Roy Eyers and wife Diane of Magnolia, Texas; and many more family members and friends who love Jamie and will miss her always.
The family extends special thanks to Dr. John Baber who extended Jamie’s life for nine more wonderful years; to the nurses, doctors, and staff at St. Vincent, Little Rock for their dedicated care and constant support; and especially to CCU nurse Renee B. for her thoughtfulness and compassion during Jamie’s final hours. Also our deep appreciation to the staff at Smith-Benton Funeral Home for their caring guidance and direction.
Due to Covid-19 concerns, memorial service will be held at a later date. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS: Family wishes memorials contributions be made to the local animal shelter of your choice in Jamie's honor.
Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.