Esther Violet Henry

Esther Violet Henry, age 94, of Greenville passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at Greenville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by her family.

Esther was born on March 29, 1928, in Carlyle, IL, to Walter E. and Carrie (Krug) Abernathy. She married Kenneth E. Henry on September 4, 1948, in Hernando, MS. He preceded her in death on December 3, 2016.

She is survived by her children: Pamela (Syd) Safriet, O’Fallon, IL, Michael (Melisa) Henry, Woburn, IL, and Angela ‘Jan’ (Don) Dalenberg, Pocahontas, IL; Seven grandchildren: Kara (Bryan) Hotard, Grand Junction, CO, Kendra (Tom Williams) Wickline, O’Fallon, IL, Jody (Joe Bean) Nesbit, Litchfield, IL, Donna Tedrick, Greenville, IL, Heather (Vince) Dalenberg-Reincke, Hillsboro, IL, Abby (Jeff) Kidd, Blacklick, OH, and Alex Dalenberg, Pocahontas, IL., and fifteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Gene Abernathy, and sister, Eva Culberson.

Esther grew up in Carlyle and graduated from Carlyle High School in 1946. She attended a year of nurses training at St. Mary’s Hospital, E. St. Louis, IL. before marrying Kenneth. They resided in Cairo, IL, from 1953-1968 where she was active in social, school, and church programs. Esther also worked for the Cairo Evening Citizen Newspaper. Esther and Ken moved to Greenville in 1968 and she was employed by the Greenville Advocate Newspaper from 1969-1987.

Esther was a member of the Bond County Homemakers Association, the Bond County Fair Association overseeing the Floral Department for several years, a board member for the DeMoulin Museum and was a member of the Benjamin Mills Chapter of the DAR.

After retirement, she loved flower gardening which led to her working part-time at a local greenhouse, travelling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Visitation is from 5:oo – 7:00 pm., Thursday, June 2, 2022, at AssalleyYoung Funeral Home, 118 E. College Avenue, Greenville, IL 62246.

Graveside Service will be at 1:15 pm., Friday, June 3, 2022, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Road, St. Louis MO 63125, with the Rev. Rosemary Captain, officiating.

Memorials may be made to The DeMoulin Museum, 205 S. Prairie St., Greenville, IL 62246 or the Greenville Masonic Lodge #245, 1111 E. College Ave., Greenville, IL 62246.

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