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 Dorothy Lee <I>Saunders</I> Henderson

Dorothy Lee Saunders Henderson

Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Death 29 Nov 2011 (aged 86)
Oxford, Granville County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
Plot 4/1458/grave 2
Memorial ID 81443605 · View Source
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Dorothy Lee Henderson died Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at Home in Granville County, NC. The Henderson family was able to spend Dorothy's last hours singing and praying and reading the Word to her. Just before she died, Dorothy opened her eyes, and her son Mr. Henderson was there and able to say goodbye. She passed as he was praying for her.

She was born to the late Lee Roy and Bertie Saunders on February 3, 1925 in Charlotte, NC. Dorothy graduated from Reidsville High School and from Roanoke College in Business Science. She married William R. Henderson, Sr. in 1947. Due to her husband's businesses, they lived in Reidsville, Greensboro, High Point, Wilmington and Raleigh before retiring to rural Granville County where they moved into an apartment in their son's home in 2008.

Dorothy was active in the Book Clubs and Garden Clubs in each community they lived in and was a member of the Town and Country Garden Club of Raleigh and the Heritage Book Club. She loved to garden and grew prize winning roses. She was an active member of First Assembly of Raleigh. Her service to others is legendary. She was always thrilled to entertain and minister with gifts and loving compassion. Unselfishly she sought to esteem others higher than herself.

A model mother, she was loved by her children for her life of Christian discipleship. Her modest personality did not reflect her physical beauty which she was blessed with even as she grew older.

She is survived by her husband of sixty-five years, William R. Henderson, Sr.; daughter, Faith and husband Michael Giaquinto; son, William R. "Chip" Henderson, Jr. and Cindy Henderson; grandchildren, Jessie, Cassie, Sydney Giaquinto, Nicholas, Annabeth, Molly, Samuel, and Matthew Henderson, William R. Henderson III and Jennifer Noel Henderson and Sarah and Michael Garner; and great-grandchildren, David Garner and William R. Henderson IV.

The family will receive friends at First Assembly of Raleigh from 10-11 AM on Saturday, December 3, 2011, followed by a memorial service at 11 AM. Interment will be held at Raleigh Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the LifeCare Pregnancy Center in Raleigh, NC.
Arrangements with Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, St. Mary's Street.

My Dear Grandmother,
It's been almost a week since your death. You have been missed so much by everyone. I'm so thankful God had you in our house the last 3 ½ years. It was a joy to care for you. You had such a loving and joyful personality that always made us smile! I was 10 years old when you started the fir
st stage of dementia. I don't have a lot of memories from before you got sick. Most of my memories with you start the summer before you moved in with us. Molly and I would rotate spending weeks with you and Granddad.Helping you cook, clean, and take care of you and Granddad. I loved coming over! I loved spending the days with you. I remember waking up during the 1st week, hearing the microwave ding over and over again. I thought it was broken. It took me a couple days to figure out you would set the microwave for 1 second to heat up your tea. You would keep pressing 1 over and over again until your tea got hot. After I figured it out, I got up early to make your tea.

I will never forget, after you moved in walking into your room one morning to see you sitting on the couch. You were wearing a sweater and underwear, along with your favorite blue high heals. To top it off you had your favorite red blanket around your shoulders. "Why Grandmother," I exclaimed, "you are missing you pants!" To which you answered, "I am a wild thing!" You made me laugh so hard! And how could we forget the many times when we would tell you it's bath time to have you exclaim back to us, "Why I've already had my bath!" And how could we forget how much you loved having communion at Church. Ever week after you drank the juice you would joyfully exclaim,"yummy, that's good!"

The precious smiles you gave us during the weeks leading up to your death, told us what you could no longer say. The many times when you were in so much pain and I would tell you I love you. The joy that filled your face always made me tear up. The many hand squeezes you gave us whenever we were near. I will never forget walking into your room on Tuesday November 29, 2011 and seeing your eyes open and Granddad praying for you. It was such a sweet moment. I will never forget when my Mom listed to your heart for the last time and said "She's gone." I will never forget letting Marcy ( our hospice nurse) into our house for the last time. Seeing her eyes fill with tears as she gave me a big hug. Having her listen for your pulse one more time and pronouncing you dead. And even though you were already gone, it was such a special and amazing memory to get you ready for the funeral home. To bath you and dress you one last time. We put on your favorite pink fluffy socks and bright pink sweater. I will never forget when the funeral home got here, seeing the men lift you on the stretcher and cover you with a royal red blanket and watching them carry you out of the house one last time. I love you Grandmother. ~Annabeth

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