MASSENA - Mrs. Rita M. Henry, 89, of 213 Cook Road, peacefully passed away Wednesday morning, April 2, 2014 at Massena Memorial Hospital.
Rita was born February 14, 1925 in Massena, the daughter of the late Edgar and Gertrude Smith Jerome. She attended schools in Massena. On February 15, 1946, she married Daniel N. Henry at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Leslie Potter, officiating.
Rita was a devoted homemaker all her life caring for her family with so much love. Her home was truly her castle. By her actions, she taught her family the true meaning of love, patience, and kindness to others. She and her husband, Dan, enjoyed many trips around the United States, visiting family and sightseeing.
She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Dan; five children, Gary and Patsy Henry, Glenn and Sharon Henry, Carter and Donna Henry, Sheila and Greg Mockry, all of Massena; Marilyn and Norb Rud of Thousand Oaks, CA; 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; her brother-in-law, James O. Henry; and many nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents, she was predeceased by four brothers, Leo, Clarence, Justin, and Everett Jerome; and her beloved sister, Imogene Murray.
Friends may call Friday 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM with Pastor Heather Stierheim, officiating. Burial will be later in the spring in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.
Memories, condolences, and photos may be shared online at www.donaldsonfh.com.