Shirley Elaine Henderson

Mass of Christian Burial for Shirley Elaine Henderson, 69, Lawrence, will be at 10 am Saturday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, with Fr. Jim Dieker officiating. A rosary will be said at 9 am, followed by visitation until 9:45 am. Cremation will follow the service, and private family inurnment will be at a later date in Eudora City Cemetery. Shirley died Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at Hillside Village in DeSoto.

She was born Feb. 3, 1946, in Westphalia, Kan., the daughter of Herman B. and Emma Lovina Plunkett Dieker. She graduated from Westphalia High School. Shirley was employed as manager of the Chandelier Shop for 28 years. She later worked at the Douglas County Health Department. She enjoyed ceramics, painting, sewing, quilting, square dancing, and joining her husband in Lions Club activities.

She married Lowell Isaac Henderson on July 23, 1966, at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Westphalia, the first couple to be married in the new church. He preceded her in death in 2008. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Darrin and David, four brothers, Donald, Francis, Wilfred, and Gerald Dieker, and five sisters, Florence and Eileen Dieker, Betty Tastove, Wilma Faber, and Alice Frisch.

Survivors include a daughter, Dawn Grosdidier, Stoughton, Wisc.; a son, Danny Henderson, Lawrence; a brother, Thomas Dieker and wife Donna, Westphalia; a sister, Lorene Altenbernd, Lawrence; three grandchildren, Miquel La’france Brown, Claire Elaine Grosdidier, and Zachary Isaac Grosdidier; and many nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Grace Hospice, the Eudora Lions Club, Hillside Village of DeSoto, or the American Lung Association, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at

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Condolences to the Henderson family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says Jehovah God, “heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.” May God bring you comfort and peace.

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