Obituaries for the week of 3/14/17

Edna Henderson

Edna Henderson left this world and went to heaven at noon, Feb. 26 at the age of 89. She was born Jan. 31, 1928 in Greenville, South Carolina to Hovey and Hewey Cobb.

Edna grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. Among many things, she loved to dance and while in high school she and her partner won several first prizes. She was proud of that.

Before marrying Wayne she had several jobs she especially liked. Her favorite was working for purchasing and contracting at Donaldson Air Force Base.

She married Lieutenant Wayne Henderson of the U.S. Air Force on March 17, 1955, which they have celebrated every year for almost 62 years.

Shortly after her marriage, Edna retired. In February of 1957 she had a son, Larry, who now lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, Gina.

Her husband had a 20-year career in the air force plus another 20 years with the department of agriculture. During their many years of different assignments all over the United States, she, her husband and family moved 10 times, the last being to Susanville in August of 1976.

Of all their assignments, her most memorable was the six years (1963-1969) at Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod, Massachusetts during the Kennedy years. The Kennedy home was only several miles from the base. They would land at the base frequently. Jaqueline had her first child at the base hospital. It was fun being remotely involved in part of history.

After her son left home to go to college, Edna went back to work for several years. Several jobs she especially enjoyed.

One was as legal secretary for Don Cady, who among other work, was the City of Susanville attorney. Another job she especially enjoyed was working at the Mount Lassen Hotel; just because of the fun she had working with the people there. When she got home from work, her husband may have still been at his job, but she knew her dog of 17 years, Lucky, would be there waiting. Throughout Edna’s life she had many fun years. During those many years, she was involved in numerous activities. Some were: the officer’s wives club, the ladies who did volunteer work at the hospital, the Monticola Club, the CattleWoman, the Emblem Club and several Bridge clubs.

Often the Bridge ladies would go to different homes for lunch. She especially enjoyed these years, being with her best friends and the memories. I can see them now getting together again.

In recent years, because of declining health, Edna was mainly confined to home or nearby. She loved people. If she was feeling well on Thursdays, her husband would take her to her appointments at the Beauty Corral (an almost routine outing for decades) and maybe lunch afterwards. She always looked forward to that.

Edna was preceded in death by her two sisters, Laura Shelton and Sue Hunt; brother, Bill Cobb; nephew, Walter Hunt; and niece, Dale Hunt.

She is survived by her son, Larry, of Oakland, California, and his wife, Gina; niece, Nancy Wooten, of Greenville, South Carolina; and husband of 62 years, Wayne Henderson.

At her request, no services will be held. My wish is that all of her friends will remember her.

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