Shirley Ann Henry
On September 8, 2021, our very love wife, mom, grandma and GG, Shirley Henry, went to be with Jesus.
Mom was born on March 31, 1947, to Waldo and Eilene Parsons in Guide Rock, NE. Around the age of 3, she moved from Kansas with her parents and brother Dave to Nampa, ID where she spent the rest of her life in the area. When she was 7 their family was joined by brother Lyle.
She attended schools in Nampa and graduated from Nampa High School in 1965. After high school she attended NNC with the goal of becoming an English teacher, teaching English in France. Plans changed after an invite to the rodeo by the love of her life, Jim Howard Henry. They were married on December 30, 1968, at College Church of the Nazarene in the Pastors study, because her parents were in Alaska and unable to attend. Dad says she was his angel.
In 1970, I was born, their first daughter, Diane. In 1971 their second child was born, my brother, James Derek. Along the way, they added a son-in-law, Gary, and a daughter-in-law, Jill.
Little did mom know that her life ahead would lead far from France but to dairy farming. She learned to love milking cows and taking care of baby calves. In the early eighty’s dairy farming became a struggle and mom went to work for the United States Post Office as a Rural Carrier. She enjoyed delivering the mail and the customers on her route. She used her own vehicle and started with a bucket seat, stick shift Volkswagen Dasher driving from the right-hand side. How she was able to do this I will never understand, but she made it work. She retired from the Post Office in 2013.
One of mom’s greatest blessings was her grandkids. She waited a long time for grandchildren and was blessed with four all at once, Terran James born in September of 2002, Allison Ann December 2002, Kimberly Ann October 2003, and Madison Marie June 2004. She spoiled them, always giving and they looked forward to sleepovers at grandmas. In 2015, through Derek’s marriage, mom was blessed again with the addition of another granddaughter, Montanna Rae. Then again, another blessing, Adaline Grace was born in July 2016. Just when you think the blessings are done, along comes great-grandchild Nathanael Scott, aka Buddy, in June 2018.
She loved to go thrift shopping and decorating, as I sit in her home and look around everywhere I see Mom. She loved books, vintage dishes, antiques, and furniture. She had a special gift for putting it all together. She also enjoyed genealogy and learning family history.
In the last few months, mom and dad took a trip to Northbranch, Kansas with Derek and his wife Jill. Kansas, I believe, felt like home to her with fond memories of her grandfather, aunts, and uncles. She had such a good time on that trip. Once home, feeling nostalgic, mom and dad purchased three calves to put on pasture. She was so excited to bring them home, with her granddaughter, Adaline, naming them Phyllis, Princess, and Cutie Pie.
Mom is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Jim Henry. Her daughter and husband Gary Verner of Caldwell, ID. Her son James Derek and wife, Jill, of Nampa, ID. Grandkids Allison and Madison Verner. Terran, Kimberly, Montanna, and Adaline Henry, and great-grandson Nathanael Scott. Her brothers Dave Parsons of Boise, ID. Lyle and Tammy Parsons of Meridian, ID. Brothers and sisters-in-law George and Vi Henry Nampa, ID. Byron and Becky Henry Baker, OR. Meredith Henry Payette, ID. Karl and Judi Henry Nampa, ID. Marianne Henry Caldwell, ID. Joe and Nancy Henry Caldwell, ID. Many very loved nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents Waldo and Eilene Parsons. Her mother and father-in-law John and Fern Henry. A sister-in-law Mary Henry and a brother-in-law Les Henry.
Our family has been truly blessed by all the love and support shown to us through this difficult time in our lives. Mom’s passing was sudden to us, and she will be greatly missed, we are comforted in the fact that she is whole again in Heaven, but sad for the big hole that has been left in our lives. A huge thank you for all the love, hugs, and prayers, words of comfort, delicious food, and beautiful flowers that have been sent our way. We truly have the best family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Thanks to all the St. Luke’s Hospice employees for all the loving care given to mom and the support and encouragement given to our family
Graveside services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens 15862 Indiana Ave Caldwell, ID on Tuesday, September 21 at 11:00 a.m.
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