OBITUARY

Lucilla Henderson

June 2, 1961June 29, 2019
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Lucilla Longoria Henderson, of Lake Jackson, with her family surrounding her, left this earthly world to be with our Lord, Saturday, June 29, 2019. In the Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10, “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God,” we are all taught to strive to be Christ-like. Lucilla truly lived her life in a Christ-like manner, pure of heart. She inspired us to be our very best; she saw our hearts at their kindest. In Luke 1:45, "Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her," and believe, she did. We were all blessed to have this gracious and gentle woman in our lives for 58 years. Lucilla Longoria Henderson was born June 2, 1961, to Juan and Mary Ann Longoria, the middle sister to Teresa and Rosemary. A 1979 graduate of Brazoswood High School, Lucilla was active in Belles, serving as a social officer, along with participating in other campus groups.

Lucilla took classes at Brazosport College concurrently during her senior year of high school and continued another year at BC before heading off to Texas State University where she earned a BBA in Marketing. Following college graduation, Lucilla married her high school sweetheart, Eric Henderson, and they returned to the Brazosport area to begin their careers and raise their family.

Lucilla spent 23 years in the shopping center industry where she held marketing director and general manager positions in Lake Jackson and Houston, receiving numerous awards and honors.

In 2008, Henderson accepted the opportunity to join TDECU, serving as Vice President of Marketing for 5 years. In 2013, Lucilla transitioned to serve as the Vice President of Community and Business Engagement. She served on the board for the Texas Credit Union Executives Society.

Being of service to her community and to others around the world was always a passion of Lucilla, so becoming one of the first female members of the Brazosport Rotary Club in 1987, was a natural choice. Lucilla remained an active member of the Rotary and was a two-time Paul Harris Fellow.

Continuing in her desire to help her community, in 1998, Lucilla Henderson served as Chairman of the Brazosport Chamber of Commerce and she continued to support the Chamber’s Taste of the Town committee, which she had been part of since its inception. In 2007, Lucilla was appointed to the Board of Regents for Brazosport College, and was elected in 2008 to the position where she continued to serve as a Board Member. She was a member of the Alliance of Brazoria County Economic Development board, served as the Co-Chair of Brazoria County Day in Austin in 2015, Texas and was selected to the Credit Union Executives Society Council Board in 2016.

Throughout her adult life, Lucilla served on numerous civic and nonprofit boards such as BACH, Junior Achievement, SPCA, City of Lake Jackson Parks Board and Development Board and she was active in St. Michael’s Catholic Church Youth Ministry and as an Extraordinary Minister.

Lucilla Henderson was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of Brazosport College in 2003, and named Woman of the Year by the Brazosport Area Chamber of Commerce in 2011. She was selected as Brazosport Independent School District’s 2016 Wall of Fame recipient and was named the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Hispanic Female Executive of the Year.

Although Lucilla accomplished a great deal in her life, she most cherished roles of being the mom to her three children, Audrey, Indy and Emily; the wife of Eric Henderson; the daughter of Juan and Mary Ann Longoria, sister of Teresa and Rosemary, and the daughter in-law of now deceased Vincent and Fern Henderson.

Lucilla’s faith and Christian spirit were the cornerstones of her life; she held tight to her rosary and ever strong in her belief in the Lord. Survivors include her husband Eric Henderson; children Audrey Kersey (husband Jon), Indy Henderson (wife Christy) and Emily Henderson; parents Juan and May Ann Longoria; sisters Teresa Gonzalez (husband Carlos), Rosemary Barron (husband Mike) and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lucilla was preceded in death by her grandparents Juan and Minnie Longoria, and Napoleon and Francisca Hernandez; her in-laws Vincent and Fern Henderson.

Funeral Services for Lucilla Longoria Henderson will be held Saturday, July 6, 2019, 10:00am, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Lake Jackson, Texas. Relatives and friends are welcome to visitation Friday, July 5, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Lake Jackson, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, with a Rosary Service following visitation. Lucilla’s pallbearers include: Rob Heckendorn, Kevin Barron, Marcus Gonzalez, Zachary Christman, David Longoria and Jeff Silvertooth.

To honor the life and memory of Lucilla Longoria Henderson, please consider making a donation to the Brazosport College Foundation, 500 College Dr. 500 College Dr., Lake Jackson, TX 77566; or the Pregnancy Help Center, 327 Garland Dr., Lake Jackson, TX 77566; or True to Life Ministries, 105 This Way, Lake Jackson, TX 77566. Arrangements are under the direction of Restwood Funeral Home & Memorial Park, Clute, Texas.

  • FAMILY

  • Although Lucilla accomplished a great deal in her life, she most cherished roles of being the mom to her three children, Audrey, Indy and Emily; the wife of Eric Henderson; the daughter of Juan and Mary Ann Longoria, and sister of Teresa and Rosemary.

    Lucilla was preceded in death by her grandparents Juan and Minnie Longoria, and Napoleon and Francisca Hernandez; her in-laws Vincent and Fern Henderson.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Rob Heckendorn
  • Kevin Barron
  • Marcus Gonzalez
  • Zachary Christman
  • David Longoria
  • Jeff Silvertooth

Services

  • A Gathering to Share Memories of Lucilla Friday, July 5, 2019
  • Rosary Friday, July 5, 2019
  • A Funeral Mass to Celebrate the Life of Lucilla Saturday, July 6, 2019

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Mike & Mary Ann Hernandez

July 5, 2019

Our deepest condolences to all the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mike & Mary Ann Hernandez and family

Jerry Snyder

July 4, 2019

Lucille was special to a group that I was honored to be a small part ...she always made me feel special and I will never forget the kindness she shared.

Eileen Levine

July 4, 2019

Phyllis and I and Jeff were saddened by the notice that Lucilla is no longer with us. We all go back to the time the girls were first together as students at Mrs. Boggs Nursery School for two-year olds. And to the family, we understand your grief. So sorry.

Edward Speed

July 4, 2019

Saints do indeed walk among us from time to time. In Lucilla's Catholic tradition there is a term - "sacramental." This refers to an exterior expression of an interior grace. Lucilla was exactly that - a person of grace and a source of grace for her world of family, friends, work, Faith or her many communities.

I am better - we are better - for Lucilla's presence in our lives. But right now our world has dimmed a bit, while the heavens shine more brightly

Eric, Mary Ann and Juan, I cannot be there this week. I am presently at the Benedictine Monastery in northern New Mexico. I will keep you in mind, heart and prayer throughout your days of grief - and while you are at Mass of the Resurrection this weekend.

Edward Speed

Mike Ponds

July 3, 2019

She was always such a joy to work with.

Peggy Miltenberger

July 3, 2019

While traveling to credit union functions with Lucilla, in and around Houston, etc., I came to know her on a more personal level. We had great conversations about our families. Conversations about her Son’s expectations of college graduation. Later time, was her oldest daughter’s upcoming wedding plans. Also, great discussions about how proud Lucilla and Eric were of Emily, their youngest daughter. Of course I saw her face light up when discussing how long she had known Eric, then going to college and their commitment to each other. My how her face lit up!

Lucilla was not only a business professional and a great representative for TDECU, the college, her church, and other organizations, but best of all - she was a Mother who took pride in her Family. She will be missed by our community and anyone who had the privilege of knowing her. She reflected how loving and kind she was, by her beautiful smile. Lucilla displayed such great compassions for those lives she touched.

God has taken Lucilla and added her to His Angels in heaven. May God bless her family and those who loved her. What a great Lady to have known!

Bobbie Greer

July 2, 2019

"I'll be missing you" .. thank you for always smiling and speaking.. what a wonderful person you were and you are now in eternity.

Janie Schwartz-Shaw

July 2, 2019

The hallways and breakroom of TDECU will miss her bright face and sweet hellos. Lucilla was never without a smile and happy demeanor and she was full of charm and grace. She was truly an angel here on Earth and I was so honored to be her coworker, her friend, and her partner in crime. (We both like practical jokes.) She was always bringing in pastries for the whole team and often made the best homemade Pumpkin Bread during the Fall. We filled each other's candy jars with chocolate for the stressful times. She often called on me to help out with her various community activities because she had faith in me and I never wanted to disappoint her. As fellow Catholics, we laughed all day on Ash Wednesdays because others would keep letting us know we had "dirt" on our foreheads. We attended Wednesday noon masses together when there wasn't a meeting on our schedules. We prayed together, played together, and leaned on each other for support even though she was a Buccaneer and I was a Wildcat but yet we both ended up as Gators. Rest easy my lovely Lucilla and I'll see you again with a dozen dogs at my side…

Kelley Cope

July 2, 2019

Lucilla was always such a wonderful person and led by example. I love her and will miss her so very much.

Dianne Dannhaus

July 1, 2019

Lucilla was a mentor, boss, friend and coworker. For the last several years we had a standing coffee date and we shared so much on those dates. We talked about family, work, politics, vacations, and so much more. My most cherished memory is when she had returned from a medical leave and saw me across the room and literally came running to me and with tears running down her face she gave me the biggest hug and told me how she had missed me and was so glad to be back. She will forever be a cherished friend that holds a special place in my heart. Enjoy your coffee in Heaven Lu. I love you sweet friend. Until we meet again...

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