Rita Frances Jenkins, a Darien resident since 1973, died Tuesday, April 3, at Stamford Hospital. Mrs. Jenkins, 78, was the wife of Daniel Jenkins.

Born Aug. 24, 1933, in Ashtabula, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Loretta Moats Recker.

Mrs. Jenkins graduated from Kent State University and was a parishioner of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Darien.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Jenkins is survived by a daughter, Ann Katherine Laczko of Darien; and a son, Arthur Recker Jenkins of Franklin Park, N.J.; three grandchildren, James Jenkins, Amanda Laczko and April Laczko; and a sister, Janette Chumney of Conroe, Texas.

She was predeceased by a sister, Mary Ford.

The family will receive friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, on Thursday, April 5, from 5-8. A funeral service will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1864 Post Road, on Friday, April 6, at 4, in the chapel. Burial will be at St. Luke's Columbarium at a later date.

Memorial donations may be sent to Princeton Child Development Institute, 300 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540.