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Mary Elizabeth Palmquist Henderson

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Mary Elizabeth Palmquist Henderson, 84, a resident of Lockhart since 1978, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday morning, Feb. 7, 2007. She was born in Austin, Texas on Aug. 20, 1922, the eldest of six children, to Marguerite Armstrong and James Palmquist. As a child, she attended school at St. Austin’s, later graduating in 1939 from Austin High School.
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y’s husband of 57 years, William Foster “Bill” Henderson preceded her in death in June 1998. He was known throughout Central and South Texas for his association with the grocery management business, specifically in the H.E. Butt Grocery Stores and Super S foods. She was also preceded in death by both parents; two brothers, Jim Palmquist and Steve Palmquist; two sisters, Laura Teseny and Louise Mark,; and one son, William Foster Henderson, III.
Mrs. Henderson is survived by one brother, David Palmquist and wife Zada of Elgin; sister-in-law Rae Hart Palmquist of Cedar Creek; and brother-in-law Doyle Chapman and wife Lucille of Buda. Also surviving are her children: sons Jim Henderson and wife Terry of Lockhart, Bob Henderson and Cheryal Young; and Tom Henderson of Austin; and her daughter Kathryn “Rabbit” Henderson Glasgow-Engedal and Danny M. “Pappy” Fox of Lockhart. She also leaves behind nine grandchildren: Kenneth Henderson, Chris Henderson, Jennifer Henderson Hellums, Joshua Henderson, Deeon Henderson, Emily Henderson, Cameron Henderson, Paige Henderson and Noah Glasgow; 11 great-grandchildren: Jessica Henderson, Ty Henderson; Jonathon Marshall, Terry Sabin, Chelsea Henderson, Zach Henderson, Eli Henderson, Oliver Henderson, Reid Hanna, Caden Glasgow and Payton Glasgow; several cousins; many nieces and nephews; and countless friends whose lives she touched.
Throughout her life, Mary’s interests and activities involved her with many organizations, such as Austin Parks and Recreation; Camp Mabry at Austin; Steck Publishing; the Founding Committee for St. Louis (the King) Catholic Parish, of which she and her husband Bill were instrumental members; the Altar Guild of St. Louis Catholic Church; parent clubs of the same St. Louis Parochial School and St. Edward’s High School; Cosmetics International Corporation; the United States Internal Revenue Service; the United States Census Bureau; the Texas Agricultural Homemakers Clubs; the Caldwell County Firefighters’ Association; Mid-County Volunteer Fire Department; the Central Texas American Heart Association; the American Cancer Society; A-Tex Bail Bond and last but certainly not least important, the H.E. Butt Retired Senior Partners.
Her hobbies included hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking, bird watching, crocheting, reading and sewing – but most of all, Mary enjoyed visiting with family and friends.
Being the loving and considerate woman that Mary Henderson truly was, her presence among us will be sorely missed by all who had the good fortune to know her.
A visitation and rosary service led by family friend Monsignor Edward Matocha was held on Friday, Feb. 9, 2007 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Eeds Funeral Home Chapel. The Funeral Service was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 in Lockhart at St. Mary’s of the Visitation Catholic Church with Father Jose Luis Azcona-Weber presiding. Burial was at Mineral Springs Cemetery in Caldwell County, with additional graveside services officiated by Bill Long and friends gathered for food and drink immediately thereafter.
Honored to serve as pallbearers were grandsons Kenneth, Chris and Joshua Henderson; great-grandsons Jonathon Marshall and Terry Sabin; and Allen Hellums. Honorary pallbearers were her other grandsons and great-grandsons.
Mary’s family extends their heartfelt thanks to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Dr. Samson Jesudass, her physician and his staff, CTMC Home Health Care Services, Seton – Edgar B. Davis Hospital, CTMC Hospice care and so many others whose love, support and prayers will always be remembered.
Donations and contributions in Mary’s honor can be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
Funeral arrangements were made under the care and direction of Eeds Funeral Home, 408 S. Main, Lockhart, Texas.

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