OBITUARY

Lori Ann Henson

August 26, 1964November 19, 2018
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This is Delia Zarate Gonzalez, reporting for Lori Ann Henson. She was born on August 26, 1964 and passed peacefully on November 19, 2018 from complications of her spinal cord injury at VA Hospital. She is survived by her parents- Joan and Darrell Henson. Sister- Debbie and Dan Coulter, brothers: Jerry and Cathy Ballard, Steve Henson, Roger and Rosalba Henson, Jim and Anne Henson, Lawrence and Stephanie Henson. Numerous nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and their ex-wives. Her loving, giving nature made her much loved by all friends and family. Her restricted diet made life difficult- so a shout out to all the restaurants and grocery stores who helped with this. Heartfelt thank you to all the medical facilities, churches and caregivers who participated in her care over the years. Thank you to Ford Motor Company, Braun Lift, Discount Tires, Custom Sounds, Para Driving Aid, Alamo Mobility, Camelot 2 subdivision, Boulder Creek Apartments, Black Jack Speed Shop, and the City of Las Vegas- You rock! Because it’s not how many years you live on earth-it’s what you do with the time you are here. Make a difference!

Visitation will be held on December 4, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with the Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. On December 5, 2018 the Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 a.m., with interment to follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Committal Service Wednesday, December 5, 2018
REMEMBERING

Lori Ann Henson

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Betty Kirby

December 4, 2018

I'd like to extend my sincere condolences and prayers to Lori's family and caregivers, especially her brother Jim, a former student as well, and Delia, her closest caregiver and friend for many years.
My relationship with Lori began when she was in my junior English class and was less than enthusiastic about the class (and also me), but by her senior year that somehow changed, and she started calling me just to talk. Before she left for the Air Force, she thoughtfully surprised me with a beautiful snowsuit as a gift for my unborn daughter!
She visited with me after her tour of duty in Germany, and I became her "spiritual mother" when she accepted Christ and was baptized at Stithton Baptist Church before going on to her next duty station in San Antonio. That decision created a very special bond that led to many deep spiritual conversations and prayers for each other through the years following her devastating accident.
I visited her in the Tampa VA Hospital and again at her apartment in San Antonio after a serious illness in 2001. I have very fond memories of our time together at the River Walk and the Alamo.
Lori never ceased to amaze me with her strength, resilience, perseverance, and determination to live life to the fullest. For several years she enjoyed living in an apartment with two beloved dogs and traveled extensively with Delia, visiting family members, her Ft. Knox "family," and even meeting Joni Eareckson Tada. I often encouraged her to write a book as her story also would have inspired others.
She didn't realize the impact she made on so many lives. I marveled at her wit and sense of humor even when circumstances became very difficult, and I will miss her beautiful blue eyes and ready smile.
Lori was "joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer" (Romans 12:2); she "fought a good fight, finished the course, and kept the faith" 2 Tim. 4:7) .




Jim Henson

December 3, 2018

One more teacher who had such a major impact on Lori’s life. Thank you, Mrs. Conroy!

Jim Henson

December 3, 2018

Here is one of the teachers who had a tremendous influence on Lori. We are eternally grateful to you and teachers like you, Mrs. Kirby!

Jim Henson

December 3, 2018

Here is Lori looking for her books. At least she knew where to find them. I didn’t know we even had any...

Jim Henson

December 3, 2018

Besides developing toughness at home, Lori was also part of the ROTC program at Ft. Knox. Perhaps this helped in her fight later on in life...

Jim Henson

December 3, 2018

Lori at Ft. Knox High School. Where did she get all that blonde curly hair? Mom was only blonde for six or seven times, and only briefly...

Jim Henson

December 3, 2018

Here is another one of Lori at Ft. Knox. Although, it may be Peter Frampton or Robert Plant. Our shot putter was the guy on the left, with the K on his jersey....it wasn’t a great year!

Roger Henson

December 2, 2018

I remember one Christmas, our mom, who was a single mother holding down two jobs just to keep food on the table for us, could only buy a single Christmas present that Lori and I had to share. It was a stuffed animal, a Chimpanzee, holding a banana that you could insert into its mouth, giving the impression of him eating it. Somehow, Lori managed to bite a portion of the banana off, leaving our one present in an imperfect state.
Boy, was I furious!
Looking back on it now, it seems like a very silly and immature attitude to have, so with that Lori, you are forgiven!

I am proud of you though at your persistence in bowling; never giving up after bowling 9 straight frames of nothing but gutter balls. How great it was to see your face of sheer excitement when in that 10th frame you knocked down only 1 pin. You scored! Glad to see you are now bowling perfect games at home! Please make sure you save me a game, okay?

Also, I will make sure I’m prepared with my box of band-aids should you skin your knees again!

I love you so much Lori and you definitely will be truly missed; holding a very special place, not only in my heart, but in those other people whom you’ve truly touched.

Just remember when I come home and we take a picture together, my “Peace signs” will be ready!

Death comes to all of us, but we must choose to remember Lori’s life and not the pain of her death. Lori is now in heaven with Jesus. For those that truly love the Lord and are His, when life is hard, "Look Up!"

Jim Henson

November 29, 2018

Here is another of Lori and our family...

Jim Henson

November 29, 2018

Lori’s niece Sarah...