|Birth: ||Oct. 26, 1911|
|Death: ||Jun. 22, 2011|
Mabel Stevenson Henry, 99, of Emporia, passed away on June 22, 2011 at her home. Mrs. Henry was a loving, compassionate person who was fondly regarded by those who knew her. Even in her upper nineties, she retained a bright, clear mind and an interesting personality. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Mrs. Henry was born on October 26, 1911, in Neosho Rapids, Kansas, the daughter of John Culver and Hulda Sofia Stevenson. Her grandmother, mother, and aunt were Swedish immigrants, of which she was always proud.
In 1930, she was married at Cottonwood Falls to Lawrence Samuel Henry, who died in 1971. She is survived by: a daughter and son-in-law, Ina L. and Alexander Doban of Camden, Maine; a son, J. Steven Henry of Topeka, Kansas; two sisters-in-law, Grace Andrews of Emporia and Gladys Hinkle of Wichita, Kansas; and a niece, Pamela Spencer of Overland Park, Kansas.
Mrs. Henry had belonged to many organizations. Among these groups were patriotic auxiliaries and lodges, including some in which she held state offices. She had also belonged to a home demonstration unit, a garden club, two retirees' social clubs, and a card-playing group.
In earlier years, she was a tireless advocate for young people. She had served as a PTA president, Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout den mother, and a church youth group sponsor. Most importantly, she was a wonderful mother.
In direct contrast to her Republican son and daughter, Mrs. Henry was a staunch Democrat. She was an independent thinker. While she always put others' welfare before her own, she was quietly firm in her opinions. A favorite line was "I'm still lucid, thank you, and I'll make my own decisions." As was her strong desire, she remained in her own home until her passing.
Mrs. Henry was a committed Christian. She first professed her faith at Emporia's First Christian Church in the mid 1920's. She loved her church. When she made out her monthly bills, the first check written was her church pledge. She had been a church board member, deaconess, and worship committee leader. Mrs. Henry especially valued her church's Disciples Women's Fellowship, for which she was a circle leader on several occasions.
In accord with her wishes, Mrs. Henry was cremated. Memorial services will be held in Emporia's First Christian Church, 202 East Twelfth Avenue, directly east of the university campus, on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at 2:00 P.M. Private inurnment of ashes will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, east of Emporia, the lad of which had been donated to Lyon County by her Stevenson ancestors. Memorial contributions to First Christian Church may be sent in care of the funeral home.
"I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:7).
Lawrence Samuel Henry (1907 - 1971)*
Ina Lou Henry Doban (1932 - ____)*
J. Steven Henry (1944 - ____)*
Forest Hill Cemetery
Created by: delkan
Record added: Jun 22, 2011
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