Esther V. Henry
March 29, 1928 ~ April 21, 2022
Resided in: Greenville, IL
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,
Greenville, 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, Columbus, OH, and Alex Dalenberg, Pocahontas, IL., and fifteen great
grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Gene Abernathy, and sister,
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-
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, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Visitation will be held Thursday, June 2, 2022, from 5:00-7:00 pm., at the Assalley-Young Funeral Home, 118 E. College Avenue, Greenville, IL 62246.
Burial will be Friday, June 3, 2022, at 1:15 pm, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Road, St. Louis, MO 63125
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.
Visitation: June 2, 2022 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Assalley-Young Funeral Home
118 E. College Ave.
Greenville, IL 62246
Burial: June 3, 2022 1:15 pm
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
2900 Sheridan Road
St. Louis, MO 63125
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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Esther V. Henry 's name.
205 S. Prairie St.
If roses grow in Heaven, Lord
Please pick a bunch for me
Place them in my Grandma’s arms
And tell her they’re from me.
Tell her that I love and miss her
And when she turns to smile
Place a kiss upon her cheek
And hold her for awhile.
My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time.
I went to high school with Mrs. Henry’s son Mike and son in law Don. So sorry to hear about Mrs. Henry’s passing. Condolences to the family.
Mike and Jan, your mom and dad were two of my favorite people. I’m thankful we all got to have them with us for as long as we did.
Pam, Jan, Mike & family,
Ester & Ken were two of my most-loved friends. I loved visiting with them. I would have given anything to have gotten to visit again with them. There is something about losing a mother (grandmother) that is permanent & inexpressible – a wound that will never quite heal, there is nobody in the world quite like your mom (grandmother). She will be greatly missed…. Be comforted by your memories. I will miss your beautiful mother, (grandmother). You will always remember what it felt like to be loved by your mom (grandmother). That’s a memory worth treasuring. My prayers are holding you close to my heart.
Dear Henry Family,
It was a privilege to know Mrs. Henry. She and the the other Homemakers were yearly contributors to the Pregnancy Center, and we are extremely grateful. She will be missed.
Brenda Harris, Director
Pregnancy Support Center