Gloy B. Richardson Henry

October 1, 1925May 13, 2018
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Gloy B. Richardson Henry went to be with the Lord on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018 at 11a.m. with family at her side.

Gloy was born in Sherman, Texas on October 1, 1925 to Robert Randell Richardson and Maude Spencer Richardson. She graduated from Sherman High School. Gloy married Lloyd C. Henry August 3, 1943. They were married for 56 years until his passing in 1999.

She is survived by daughters Dianne Henry Stiff and husband Jim, and Robbie Henry Auten and husband Sid; “adopted” daughter Gail Ringness (who she adored);5 grandchildren, Amy Derden Oates, Dawn Derden, Paige Hudgins Schwartz, Heather Auten Rumsey, and Holly Auten Smith; step-grandson Sterling Stiff; 6 great-grandchildren, Madison Rumsey, Katelyn Rumsey, Savannah Schwartz, Piper Schwartz, Lydia Smith, and Carter Smith; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends

She is preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers John Richardson and Tom Richardson; and sister Marie Cleary Payne.

Gloy was very active in MHMR of Texoma for many years and all the clients called her “Grandma”. She delivered back pack meals to the elementary schools for their weekend meals. She had such a devotion for helping in the community. Gloy had a wonderful 92 years and will be missed by so many. She loved all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren dearly.

There will be a visitation and viewing Wednesday, May 16 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Bratcher Funeral Home.

Services will be held at Trinity Methodist Church where she was a member, Thursday, May 17 at 1:00pm. She will be buried next to her husband Lloyd C. Henry at West Hill Cemetery following the service.


  • Robert Randell Richardson, Father
  • Maude Richardson, Mother
  • Lloyd C. Henry, Husband
  • Dianne Henry Stiff & husband Jim, Daughter
  • Robbie Henry Auten & husband Sid, Daughter
  • Gail Ringness, Adopted Daughter
  • Amy Derden Oates, Grandchild
  • Dawn Derden, Grandchild
  • Paige Hudgins Schwartz, Grandchild
  • Heather Auten Rumsey, Grandchild
  • Holly Auten Smith, Grandchild
  • Sterling Stiff, Step-grandson
  • Madison Rumsey, Great Grandchild
  • Katelyn Rumsey, Great Grandchild
  • Savannah Schwartz, Great Grandchild
  • Piper Schwartz, Great Grandchild
  • Lydia Smith, Great Grandchild
  • Carter Smith, Great Grandchild
  • John Richardson, Brother
  • Tom Richardson, Brother
  • Marie Cleary Payne, Sister
  • Gloy also leaves many nieces, nephews, and dear friends to cherish her memory.

  • Ben Foytik
  • Dudley Markham
  • Randy Cherry
  • Mike T. Walker
  • Kenneth Rolen
  • Phillip Shaffer
  • Jerry Hatfield
  • David Harrod


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 17, 2018

Gloy B. Richardson Henry

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Roland Umphrey

May 19, 2018

To Holly Auten & Dr. Kyle Smith, & the family of Gloy Henry, our hearts ache for you & your family in the loss of your grandmother. It is with immeasurable sadness and with deepest condolences to you & your family from me & my family to learn of her passing. May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate her life. Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Roland & Nancy Umphrey, Allecia McLeod

Glennda Ramos

May 16, 2018

Jim Cleary & Family,

Extending our most heartfelt sympathy to you and your beautiful family. May all of the sweet memories of your Aunt Gloy bring you and your family solace at this time.

From all of us,
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Nancy Trainor

May 16, 2018

Heaven is rejoicing to welcome our Gloy ! Such a sweet lady that always was Happy to see Christmas caroling at her house & share it by calling Dawn to share her joy!

Ethel Lizarraras

May 15, 2018

Dianne and Amy so sorry for your lost. Gloy was a very special person and she will be missed by all her family and friends. Amy I remember the bag I made for her with all the names everyone called her. She left all she knew with lots of special memories.

Jill Spencer

May 14, 2018

She was always so sweet, loving and fun to talk with!!!!
Gloy we love you and will miss you dearly 💖

Jill (Jennings) Spencer



When Gloy B. Henry walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Gloy was and how she impacted those around her. Gloy was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Gloy wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Gloy was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Gloy was born on October 1, 1925 at Wilson N. Jones Hospital in Sherman, Texas. She was the daughter of Robert and Maude Richardson. Gloy was raised in Sherman, Texas. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Gloy might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Gloy was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Gloy was raised with three siblings. She had two older brothers, John Richardson and Tom Richardson, and one older sister Marie Richardson Cleary. Gloy was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Gloy was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Gloy well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      During her high school years, Gloy responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. She graduated from Sherman High School in 1943. Gloy was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses. Gloy absorbed as much as she could from all of her teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using her imagination to master her assignments. For Gloy, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to her ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Gloy a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything. Her senior year, she won Queen of High School.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Gloy was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Gloy was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were Lorna D, Taylor Spradling, Marilon Taylor. Later in life, she became friends with Gus and Gladis Ruth Robinson, Joe and Mary Nan Washburn, Gail Ringness, Ed and Milley Wiegle, and Pine-Knot and Eula Maxwell.

      On August 3, 1943 Gloy married Lloyd Crawford Henry at Bryan County Courthouse of Durant, Oklahoma. Gloy's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards Lloyd's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Gloy was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.

      Gloy was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Gloy, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Henry home. Gloy's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Gloy was blessed with five children: two daughters, Barbara Dianne and Robbie Lynn. They were also blessed with Five grandchildren, Dawn, Amy , Paige, Heather, and Holly.

      Gloy was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. Her primary occupation was being a homemaker, a mother, and a grandmother. She was employed for 5 years as secretary for Hardwick Etter in Sherman, as well as Pilsbury in Sherman for 10 years. Gloy was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Gloy had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Gloy's fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Gloy loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were painting, gardening, special olympics, reading, and cooking. Gloy had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Gloy's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Gloy derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. Her charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. Recreational sports included bowling, walking, and croquet. Gloy was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were football, as she was an avid Dallas Cowboys Fan.

      Throughout her life, she was actively involved in professional and community organizations. She was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Gloy seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with Gloy usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with her, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. In high school, Gloy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sherman. Throughout her later years, she was an active member of the First Baptist Church Denison, Denison PTA, Grayson County MHMR, Trintiy Methodist of Denison.

      Because Gloy was constantly in the center of things and where the action was, she always seemed willing to join in and help, regularly getting involved in community activities. Gloy's gift of planning and improvisation, along with a talent for rallying support, made her a great asset. Gloy found new ways of getting things done in order to help make just about every activity more efficient and enjoyable. Gloy was an active member of several community groups, serving on committees for the Grayson County MHMR, Meals on Wheels, Special Olympics. Politically, she was a member of the Democratic Party.

      Gloy was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member of the First Baptist Church Denison for 25 years, and then Trinity United Methodist Denison for 48 years. During that time, she taught sunday school at First Baptist, was a member of the Wesley class at Trinity, as well as serving on various committies. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for her beliefs.

      Gloy's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Gloy took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included Hot Springs, Arkansas, as well as weekend getaways to Lake Texoma. The only time she flew by plane was back in 2001 when she flew to Denver, Colorado to spend Christmas with her granddaughter, Amy.

      Gloy was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Pat, part German Shephard, John Wayne, part border collie, Emo, and Wasa, who was a yorkshire terrior, was a best friend for Pat lived 19 years, Emo lived 12, John Wayne lived 10 years. Her family was rounded later in life by her cat, JoJo, who survived her and went to live with her neighbors Victor & Lisa.

      Gloy Henry passed away on May 13, 2018 at Beacon Hill, Denison, Texas, surrounded by family. Gloy had a broken hip, and although she made it through the surgery, her body was too frail and tired to fight the uphill battle of rehab. She is survived by her children, Dianne & Robbie; her grandchildren, Dawn, Amy, Paige, Heather, & Holly and her great-grandchildren Madison, Katelyn, Savannah, Piper, Lydia, & Carter. Services were held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denison, Texas. Gloy was laid to rest in West Hill Cemetery in Sherman, Texas.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Gloy. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Gloy Henry for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. She was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.