Jerry Sue's Story

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On June 30, 1958, Jerry Sue Hendrick Henry was born to Edgar and Dorothy Fisher Hendrick, of Texas City, the third daughter in their family. Jerry Sue passed away on September 12, 2017, preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Dorothy Fisher Hendrick. She is survived by her loving husband Peter Troy Henry, their children Heather Henry Kenney and husband Stephen, and Hunter Troy Ray Henry; sisters Julia Hobbs Kinni and husband Mark, and Janet Hendrick McArdle and husband Tom, along with many adoring nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Texas City High School in 1976, Jerry studied at community college and the University of North Texas in Denton. As a resident of Huntsville for many years, she was active in numerous parent organizations, worked at Sam Houston University and Bayes Achievement Center. She was a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, participating with her sisters and late mother Dorothy.

As an absolutely adorable little kid, with her big brown eyes and cute pixie hair cut, Jerry Sue became the 4th Avenue mascot and the town crier of the block. She would go from house to house visiting with everyone, gathering news and keeping the neighbors up to date on everyone elses business. We just thought everything she did and said was so cute. After her first week of first grade, she was asked about the day to which she responded that she had walked home with a neighborhood boy and they had talked about lunch boxes, air conditioners, and stuff like that.

In 1993 Jerry married the love of her life, Peter Henry. Pete was her rock, whom she admired, respected, loved, and adored. She longed to be a mother and thought Heather was the cutest little girl ever and felt giving birth to her baby boy, Hunter, was truly the highlight of her life. She adored spending time with family, loved holidays and festivities. She brought her talents for baking, sewing, and crafting to Hunters many activities and traveled around the country and abroad for Boy Scout trips, the German Club and mountain-biking. She willingly offered her time and her warm heart as well as her prayers for any endeavor in which Hunter participated. She could often be seen blasting around Huntsville with a Suburban full of boys making their way to marching band, mountain biking, Boy Scouts, 4H Club, Rifle Club and many other events.

Jerry was known for her big heart and as everyone knows, she was a dog-lover. She enjoyed all of their horses, donkeys, cats, cows and calves. If you wanted to find a home for a dog, drop it off on Pete and Jerrys road. The phrase lucky dog must have been invented for one of their canine friends.

When Jerry began her battle with cancer she did so courageously, selflessly, and privately. Along with the loving support and determination from Pete and Hunter as well as her family, she faced the challenges with hope and positivity. Her determination to see Hunter graduate from high school and move on to college was the driving force that compelled her to bravely meet these challenges. Jerry was a very determined and relentless fighter. In our hearts, she won that battle because today she is no longer in pain; where o death is now thy sting? Her faith and love in the Lord Jesus, in whom she believed, issued forth in private prayers to Him while she was with us. Now, from her eternal resting place with the Lord, we, her family, believe Jerrys heart is looking to all of us that we would look after her children. And, we, in response, are ever so humbled and honored to do. Thus, in Jerrys honor, our call is that all of the immediate and extended family, and friends, would all care for one another just as she would for us.

The family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to so many neighbors and friends who offered to help her through her illness with the dignity, grace and compassion she was known to give others.

Jerrys life is to be honored and celebrated on Saturday, September 16th in Huntsville, Texas with visitation from 11:00-1:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 1pm. McKinney memorial and burial will be Tuesday, September 19th in McKinney at McKillop Hall at Pecan Grove Cemetery at 2pm.
Published on September 14, 2017
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