In Loving Memory…

Dorothy A. Henson

Dorothy A. Henson went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

She was born to Robert and Eula May Sadler Jenkins on December 16, 1923, in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.  On April 22, 1945, she married Eddie Henson in Flat River, MO.  Eddie passed away January 28, 2000.

She attended schools in Ste. Genevieve, MO; Biloxi, Mississippi; Kelly Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas; Whiteman Air Force Base, Knob Noster, MO; State Fair Community College, Sedalia, MO, and University of Texas working toward a degree in Early Childhood Development while in the National Association of Young Children.

Being a military wife, she lived on several Air Force Bases including 3½ years in Rhine Maine and Munich, Germany.  Their last assignment was Whiteman AFB in 1957 where she started the first Base Nursery in two old WWII barracks.  Under her direction the Whiteman Child Care Center was selected as the Best Child Care Center in the Strategic Air Command in the ‘70s.  She retired in 1986 as the Director of the Modern Child Care Center including Kiddie Kampus pre-school.

Dorothy was a charter member of the First Baptist Church of Ste. Genevieve, MO; former member of the First Baptist Church of Knob Noster, MO; and, at the time of her death, a member of the First Baptist Church of Sedalia, MO.  Other memberships include:  Charter member of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter #8 in Munich, Germany; Ladies of Ararat Shrine; Bothwell Regional Health Center Auxiliary; Jolly Elders; Be Forever Young; Royal Neighbors of America; AARP; and Willing Workers Sunday School Class.

She always cherished her family.  Surviving are a son, Steve Henson and his wife, Jan, Sedalia, MO; a daughter, Judy Baumann and her husband, Kendall, Pittsburg, KS; two sons-in-law, Ron Henke, Springfield, MO, and Lex Taber, Watts, OK.  Ten grandchildren survive, Julie Kastler, Dawn Little, Harry Little III, Dr. Scott Henke, Brian Henke, Sara Henke, Steven Henson, Jr., Anthony Henson, Jesica McAnuff, Sarah Priesendorf.  Also living are her brother and his wife, Glennon and Kathy Jenkins, Willow Street, PA.  Always proud of her family, she held dearly to the privilege of being a great-grandmother of 13 beautiful children.  She was preceded in death by two daughters, Jacqueline Taber, and Cindy Henke; two granddaughters, Mundy Lynn Phillips, Amy Leigh Priesendorf; a sister and husband, Marcella and Francis Basler; and a brother and his wife, Robert and Cathy Jenkins.

Funeral services will be held at the Heckart Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at the Knob Noster Cemetery where she will join the love of her life, Eddie Henson.

Pallbearers are Steven Henson, Jr., Anthony Henson, Dr. Scott Henke, Brian Henke, Ron Henke, and Rick Huck.  Honorary pallbearers are Gabe York, Dr. Tobey Cronnell Henke, Sara Henke, and Chuck Graves.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions to the Cynthia Henke Scholarship, State Fair Community College.


  1. Dorothy Schroder

    Condolences to the family. She was a lovely person.

  2. Dorothy was a second Mother to me. We colored, watched T.V., took rides in my car, and had a lot of interesting conversations and were just really good
    Friends. She and I belonged to the same church, so we had a lot of mutual friends. She always had a lot of good advise to give me about most subjects. She was a very good Christian lady and was always thinking kind thoughts about everyone. I will miss her so much and will be looking forward to the day when I see her in heaven. Her friend and daughter in Christ, Pat Adkins.


    Steve and Jan, and all the family are in our prayers. We pray you feel the peace that only God can give. Dorothy was proud of her family. Every time we talked with her she praised. God bless all of you.

  4. She was a sweetheart. Always enjoyed visiting with her.

  5. Christina Bakert

    My condolences on the loss of Ms. Dorothy… She was a joy to care for… I will miss her dearly!!!

  6. Janet Fairchild Roberts

    Dear Steve and Jan & Family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I lost my Mom last May, it’s not easy though the good memories help our heart. Praying for your comfort, sending warm love to All.

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