Saturday, June 2, 2012

Helen LaVesta (Alexander) Henry 1921-2009

Helen LaVesta (Alexander) Henry was born January 17, 1921 in Parker, Kansas. She was the eighth of nine children born to the union of the late George W. and Lena May (Walthall) Alexander.

Hedy, as she was affectionately known, went home to be with her Lord the morning of September 20, 2009 at her home, surrounded by her loving neighbors and friends. Hedy attained the age of 88 years, 8 months and 3 days.

Hedy attended elementary school in Parker and graduated from Parker Rural High School in 1939. She attended Fort Hays State College and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. In 1941, she signed a contract with the Bonner Springs, Kansas school district, to teach Kindergarten at McDanield School. This commitment lasted for twenty-five years. Hedy retired in May, 1966.

On November 4, 1965, Hedy was united in marriage with James F. Henry of Cuba, Missouri. Jim preceded her in death on September 21, 1994.

In June, 1966, Hedy and Jim moved to Missouri. Jim, a retired Air Force veteran, began working at Ft. Leonard Wood. They were the first to build a home at Old Farm Estates at Waynesville, where they resided until the Lord called each of them home. In her spare time, Hedy enjoyed collecting frogs and displaying them in her home.

Hedy and Jim loved the Lord and were active members of the Waynesville Church of the Nazarene. Hedy was also a life time member of the Eastern Star.

Hedy was dearly loved and will be very sadly missed by all who knew her. She leaves to cherish her memory, one brother: Elmo W. Alexander of Lodi, California, her very good friend since childhood: Jean Rude of Portland, Oregon, along with several nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.

In addition to her husband and her parents, Hedy was preceded by seven siblings, all residents of Kansas: Harold J., Harry J., Kenneth W. and Otto L. Alexander and Albert C. Warbritton, Flossie A. Sullins and Velma E. Cuddy.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 23, 2009 in the Waynesville Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Jason Stevens and Rev. Richard Bushey officiating. Pianist Sharon Bushey played “Ivory Palaces” and accompanied the congregation as they sang “Sweet By and By”. Sharon and Richard Bushey sang “True Love” and Mr. Bushey also sang “Then I Met the Master”. Soloist Lori Jo Bushey sang “The Lord’s Prayer”. Serving as escorts were Daniel (Joe) Breidenbaugh, Wayne Barnhart, Leroy Lofton, Frank Hollingshead, Dick Clayton and Vance Ewing.

Interment was held at 2:30 P.M. Wednesday, September 23, 2009 in the Ozark Memorial Gardens Cemetery of Rolla, Missouri. Services were under the direction of Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville/St. Robert.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Hedy Henry to the Waynesville Church of the Nazarene and may be left at the funeral home.

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