Reba Henry

Obituary of Reba Henry

Reba Evelyn Owen Henry passed away May 28, 2017, at Windsor Healthcare, Windsor, MO, at the age of 100 years, 7 months. She was born Oct. 25, 1916, west of Warsaw, MO, the daughter of Winfred Amos and Maud See Owen. She was the fourth of five children. 

Reba attended grade school in Fristoe, MO, and two years of high school in a JOB school which her father was instrumental in getting established. She attended her last two years of high school in Lincoln, MO, graduating in 1933. After obtaining a teacher’s certificate, she taught one year in Rocky Dale School, west of Lincoln.

On February 26, 1936, Reba was married to Walter Clark (Tige) Henry, and to this union three children were born:  Winfred Owen, Karen Ruth, and Walter Eugene.  Music was always a big part of the Owen and Henry families. Reba remembered her family singing at night after dinner when she was a child, and her father was song leader for the Lincoln Christian Church. Music brought Reba and Clark together, as they both played instruments in the Lincoln Band, and Clark played guitar with a small group of young men in Lincoln.

Reba and Clark worked in Slater, MO, and Lincoln, before moving to Windsor in 1942. Clark was song leader at First Baptist Church, Windsor, and Reba sang in the choir and in a women’s trio for many years. Reba was a Sunday School teacher for nearly 70 years, church treasurer for 39 years, and an employee of Citizens Bank (later UMB Bank) for over 40 years, first in the bookkeeping department and then as a teller.  

Reba is survived by daughter Karen Henry Bullock and son-in-law Donald L. Bullock; son Walter Eugene Henry and wife Marilynn Taylor Henry; and daughter-in-law Sheryl Marti Henry. Nine grandchildren include Howard C. and Delaina Bullock, Barry V. and Antoinette Bullock, Andrew L. and Amy Bullock, Anthony D. and Paula Bullock, Hazel Elizabeth Henry Hannah, Julia Evelyn Henry and Gary Winders, Rebecca Grace Henry and Jason Tilton, Jana Elizabeth Henry and Mark Funderburk, and Susanna Jean Henry and Jeremy Freeman.

Eighteen great-grandchildren include Sydnea Bullock Smith, Kendel Bullock Osburn, Don B. Bullock, Bradley Bullock, Joshua Bullock, Caleb Bullock, Kara Bullock Spinar, Wyatt Bullock, Monte Bullock, Don Hannah, Zach Winders, Micki Jo Winders, Sam Tilton, Luke Tilton, Max Funderburk, Clark Freeman, George Freeman, and Evelyn Freeman.

Eight great-great-grandchildren include Alyssa Smith, Bethany Smith, Isabelle Smith, Grey Osburn, Jacob Allen, Owen Hannah, Max Winders and Nora Winders. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Reba was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Clark Henry, October 18, 1964; her older son, Winfred Owen Henry, July 19, 2006; brother Amos Allen Owen, and sisters Burma Owen, Opal Owen Austin, and Wilma Owen. Both Amos and Burma also died on May 28.

Reba wrote a book for her family in 1999 entitled Mema’s Memoirs. She closed the book with these words, which reflect her life. “I love all of you so very much and have told you before, but it’s worth repeating. My prayer for each of you is that you’ll draw nearer to the Lord and let Him guide your lives. Serve Him to the very best of your ability. That is the only secret to true happiness.”  

On a page with all her grandchildren’s pictures, she summarized her love with these words: “In the lives of my grandchildren lies the continuation of the foundation of strengths and values upon which we built this family.”

Funeral Services to celebrate Reba’s life will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at the First Baptist Church, Windsor, with Rev. Doug Hall officiating. Burial will be in the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor. The family will receive friends before the service from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the church. Friends may call from noon until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor. The family suggests contributions to the First Baptist Church for either the purchase of an automated external defibrillator (AED) or to the Lottie Moon or Annie Armstrong mission offerings of the church.