Shirley L. Henson

February 19, 1935August 19, 2018
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Shirley L. Henson, 83, of Peoria, passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Manor Court in Peoria.

She was born February 19, 1935 in Flora, IL to Miles and Blanche (Edmond) McGrew. She married Frank Henson on August 26, 1955 in Peoria and he preceded her in death on September 18, 2005 in Peoria. Her parents, two brothers and two sisters also preceded her in death. Shirley is survived by her son David Henson of Jasper, GA, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She worked in Administration for District 150 for many years before retiring and was a member of First Christian Church in Peoria. Shirley was a member of the Women's Group at her church and enjoyed garage sales, flea markets, antiquing, tending her flower gardens and spending time with her family and friends.

A funeral service will be at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 with visitation one hour prior to the service at Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. The Rev. Karen Merrick will officiate. Burial will follow the service at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Mid-West Affiliate. Words of comfort can be shared with the family at


  • Miles McGrew, Father
  • Blanche (Edmond) McGrew, Mother
  • Frank Henson, Husband
  • David Henson, Son
  • ~ four ~, Grandchildren
  • ~ three ~, Great-Grandchildren
  • ~ several ~, Nieces and Nephews
  • Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and two sisters.

  • St. Jude Midwest Affliate


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Shirley L. Henson

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Lauren Allison

August 29, 2018

Grandma I love you so much. I will forever carry you in my heart.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

Gwen Bateman

August 28, 2018

Shirley scheduled tutors for District 150 and I always loved her wonderful smile and encouraging words when I turned in my tutoring hours to her each month.
Gwen Bateman


August 27, 2018

I had the joy of working with Shirley for many years at PPS150 schools. During that time, I saw her great love of children - and saw the children respond with love & affection for Shirley, too.
After we each retired, our friendship continued. She was a good wife, mother and friend.
I value every moment I shared with Shirley; she is truly missed, but we who knew her well, are blessed.
Emily 'Jean' Johnson
District 150 Schools

Jeanette Hillyer

August 27, 2018

My sympathy to family and friends. I was fortunate to work with Shirley at the Peoria Public Schools. She was sweet, enjoyable and fun to be with. I know she will be missed.

Edward Johnson

August 26, 2018

David and Family,
We are very sad to learn of Shirley’s passing. We remember the great times with Frank and Shirley when we resided on Birkshire Drive from November 1969 to January 1996. The many evenings in ours and neighbors’ driveways to discuss “everything”. As we built our new house on Brenwick Drive (still in Northgate Park), Shirley would stop in on her way to her fun job at Big Apples Bagels in Willow Station strip mall. We hope your many happy memories will help you get through this most difficult time.
Diana really appreciates the memorials to the St. Jude Midwest affiliate. Diana was a Lady of St. Jude volunteer at the affiliate.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
With deepest Sympathy,
Ed & Diana Johnson
Peoria, IL

Bob and Judy Carruthers

August 26, 2018

We are saddened to learn of Shirley's passing! Judy and I both had the pleasure of working with Shirley
in District 150 for many years. She had many friends who worked for the District, and always treated
all employees, fellow workers, and potential employees with respect and a smile! We became good friends and would see Shirley often after we all had retired.

Shirley was a good hearted person and a loyal employee! She will be missed by many.
Our sympathies and blessings to her family.

Bob and Judy Carruthers - Peoria

Sharon Caudill

August 24, 2018

I remember Shirley from the first class I took for excise. Shirley was the first one to introduce herself and then (maybe because I am short) she took under wing and we became friends. I even gave her a hair permanent one time. Hope she has found peace. Lost track of her as we so often so often due with friends with dear friend, but I will miss her non- the less. Sympathy to her fam

Sharon Caudill