Sunday, January 29, 2012

Working Until The End: Ida Mae "Tillie" Henderson

In today's "handout" world, where people are paid to do virtually nothing, it's always uplifting to read a story about someone who worked hard all their lives, right up until the end.
My favorite obituary from this week's Kansas City Star is for Ida Mae "Tillie" Henderson.  Godspeed, Tillie!

Ida Mae "Tillie" Henderson
Ida Mae "Tillie" Henderson, 81, Overland Park, KS, passed away suddenly at home on January 25, 2012.  Visitation will be from 1-3:00 p.m., Monday, January 30, with a Memorial Service following at 3:00 p.m. at McGilley & Hoge Chapel, 8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS.  Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Koman for the Cure (breast cancer awareness) at donor
Tillie was born January 29, 1930 in Benton County, Arkansas, to Marksu Lafayette and Rose Erman Douglas-Tilford.  Tillie moved to Kansas City in 1950.  She met and married Herschel O. Henderson in 1954.  In 1962, Tillie gave birth to her only child, Tanya.  Starting her career as a beautician in 1967, she worked at Jones Store salons for 25 years, then continued her enjoyment of her customers at her own salon until her death.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and nine siblings.  She is survived by:  her daughter, Tanya; her identical twin, Betty Lou (Scott) Wilson; their daughters Gail (George) Schlagel, Julie (Justo) Sibala; and many nieces and nephews.
Tillie's competitive spirit fed her love of both Dominoes and Politics!  Her other passions included sewing, cooking, and puzzle solving.  Please offer condolences at

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