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Her grandparents stopped a bank robbery in 1934.

posted Mar 27, 2015, 3:18 PM by George Ching   [ updated Mar 27, 2015, 3:30 PM ]

You might know Angie Jenkins for her involvement at several PSAR special events, including the annual golf tournament and Unfashion and Variety Show. She was named PSAR’s East County Rookie of the Year for 2012. And, she is currently one of the “Saloon Girls,” a group of energetic PSAR members who frequently attend various PSAR events wearing western attire. “We know how to liven-up the energy levels and help people have more fun,” said Angie.


But did you know that Angie, the fifth in a family of six children, was born at her parents’ home on Shamrock Lane in Lakeside? “My mom hated hospitals and needles. So, she read a book on how to deliver babies,” said Angie. “I arrived one Thanksgiving weekend when the doctor was out of town. So, the delivery team consisted of my mom, dad and a family friend.”


Angie said her mom Lily’s child-delivery decision started a trend among her mom’s friends. After Angie, nine other moms opted to deliver babies at their homes, along with Angie’s youngest brother.


Angie’s grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Switzerland in 1928. They lived in Seeley, Calif., near El Centro in the Imperial Valley. In 1934, the grandparents decided to move to Hemet, Calif., but stopped on the way at the Bank of America branch in La Mesa. “They interrupted a bank robbery in progress,” said Angie. “One of the robbers tried to grab my grandmother’s purse and she fought back. Since they were witnesses to the crime and had to stay in town for the trial, they decided to settle in San Diego and bought a place in Julian. Today, one of my sisters lives in that same home. It’s where we gather every year for Easter.”


Angie attended Rios Canyon Elementary School in El Cajon, Greenfield Middle School and El Capitan High School in Lakeside (class of 1988). While growing up, she took piano lessons and still plays today. At age 20, she went skydiving with one of her brothers. In 1994, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English from San Diego State University.


Angie was a stay-at-home mom for 16 years before a divorce returned her to the workforce. She worked for Allstate Insurance while studying for her real estate sales license, which she earned in 2011. Then, Angie left real estate sales to work in title insurance from January 2013 to June 2014, before returning to real estate as a trainer and recruiter with Mission Realty Group. In February of this year, she joined Windermere Real Estate SoCal in La Mesa focusing on sales.


“Real estate gives me a flexible schedule so I can go with my dad to his doctor appointments,” said Angie.Angie’s mom passed away in April 2012 from ovarian cancer. She was 78. Her father, age 84, lives today near SDSU.


“Life hasn’t always been easy, but I’ve tried to make the most of whatever happens and look for the good in people, despite their faults,” said Angie.


At her home in Alpine, Angie is mom to six children, five of them teenagers. They include her own four children (ages 10, 13, 16, 18) plus two girls (ages 15 and 17) whose dad is Angie’s fiancé Mike Spence. “We were sweethearts in high school for two years, but then went our separate ways,” said Angie. “Over the years, Mike has remained friends with my younger brother. One weekend four years ago, we got reacquainted at our family home in Julian when he brought his daughters there to go snow sledding.”


Angie says she cherishes her friendships at PSAR. “I can’t begin to say how much my PSAR friends have helped me during the rough times of life, including my divorce, my reentry into the workforce, my mom’s passing and my dad’s recent heart attack,” said Angie. “They are so real and supportive and they lift me up. They are as close to me as my family.”