|Birth: ||Aug. 7, 1919|
|Death: ||Jan. 6, 2006|
KANOPOLIS- Muriel Elaine Henry, August 7, 1919-January 6, 2006, was born in Kanopolis, Kansas where her father Charles James Henry, a pharmacist, owned the town drugstore. Her mother, Muriel Agnes Bonwell Henry received a teaching degree from Emporia State Teachers Colledge, Emporia, Ks. She had a younger sister, Gladys Henry Rollins, who preceded her in death. Muriel's family moved to Clay Center, when she started High school.
Her father opened a pharmacy in Clay Center and Muriel worked at the drugstore and especially loved the soda fountain. Muriel attended the University of Kansas graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1932.She was president of her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. She was one of the first, if not the first, woman admitted to the School of Pharmacy at University of Kansas ,graduating first in her class of 1942.While at the University of Kansas, she met her husband Jack Allison Dunagin. They were married in Clay Center, Ks on May 13,1943.
Muriel worked as a pharmacist in Kansas City while Jack attended University of Kansas Medical School on a navy scholarship. They resided at Oceanside Naval Base, California from 1945-1946 where their first child, John Lane, was born in 1945. They came to Topeka, Ks in 1946 where Jack completed a residency in Psychiatry at the Menninger Institute of Psychiatry, served as a Menninger staff psychiatrist and established a private practice in Topeka. Topeka was their residence for the next 50 years and was where children, Charles Henry(1947), William Galen(1950) and Elaine Maureen(1956) were born. They resided briefly in Newport Rhode Island from 1952-1954 during the Korean War. Muriel was a consummate homemaker and is remembered as a kind, gracious, giving person. She was devoted to her children serving wherever needed and enjoyed social organizations with close friends for many years including the investment , sewing and bridge clubs.
She was an extremely knowledgable collector and was particularly fond of oriental rugs and antiques. She was an avid reader, always knowledgeable on current events and served on several political committees. She enjoyed history, including Kansas history and donated items to the Kansas Historical Society. She was a member of the Mayflower Society and kept genealogical records including those tracing family history back to to William Brewster on the Mayflower.
In 1998, she left her Kansas home of nearly 80 years and moved to Tampa, Florida where her daughter lived . She enjoyed good health , an active intellectual mind and active correspondence with friends and family up to her passing from a brief but courageous, battle with brain cancer. Even though sorrow follows because to the great joy she brought us, we are thankful for her guidance and love for these many years and remain inspired by the qualities of this wonderful woman.
She is survived by her four children, ten grandchildren and six great grand children. Services will be held at Penwell Gabel Midtown Chapel on January 21 at 11 am. Memorial contributions can be made to the Kansas Historical Society, 6425 S.W. 6th Ave., Topeka, Ks. 66615.
Charles James Henry (1891 - 1985)
Muriel Agnes Bonwell Henry (1892 - 1986)
Jack A. Dunagin (1920 - 1993)
Muriel Elaine Henry Dunagin (1919 - 2006)
Gladys Evelyn Henry Rollins (1932 - 2003)*
Penwell-Gabel Cemetery and Mausoleum
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Record added: Jul 19, 2011
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