March 29, 1928 ~ April 21, 2022
Born in: Carlyle, IL
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.
The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Esther V. Henry's name.