After a life well lived Alberta “Jane” Henderson, age 90, of Darlings Island, NB, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at the her residence on Darlings Island. Born in Saint John, NB, on April 18, 1926, she was the wife of the late Barney Henderson and a daughter of the late Wellington and Mary (Norris) Herrington.
Jane was born in 1926 on Adelaide Street in Saint John and started her education at Lorne School on Newman St. When her father was about to retire, the family moved to Quispamsis where she attended Rothesay Consolidated School, graduating in 1943. She then went on to Saint John Vocational School, graduating in 1944 with a diploma in Grade 12 Commercial and Secretarial Studies which included typing, shorthand, bookkeeping and law. In those days you graduated in grade 11 and grade 12 was considered first year of university.
Her first employment was with the Bank of Montreal, Main Branch, on King St. in Saint John. She continued there until she married her husband, Barney, in 1946 and moved to Darlings Island. Jane rejoined the workforce in 1966 and worked for the Government of New Brunswick in various Departments: Child and Family Welfare, Dept. of Transportation and retired from the Dept. of the Environment 1989.
While living in Quispamsis she attended St. Augustine’s Anglican Church where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary. After marriage she attended Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Hammond River where she again taught Sunday School, belonged to the Anglican Church Women’s group where she was Treasurer for a number of years. She was a vestry member and at one time a Warden at the church. She also assisted with the Alter Guild. While a member at Holy Trinity she helped to support five girls from Uganda who attended the Bishop McAllister College in Bushenyi. She also helped the women at the St. Andrews United Kirk in Hammond River when they made soup for Romero House.
She and Barney led a 4H group in Nauwigewauk and they would join with the Sussex group for trips and trained the young people in leading cattle for exhibition. They attended cattle shows at Sussex, Saint John and Fredericton. Jane said she went through a gallon of Javex when Barney and the kids were showing cattle as they wore white pants and t-shirts.
Jane was always interested in the Baden-Powell groups and was honored to be introduced to Lady Baden-Powell when she visited Saint John. She helped organize Girl Guides in Nauwigewauk and was the first Captain of the group. She also served as secretary of the Boy Scouts Group Committee for parents. She stayed involved with the Baden Powel groups for a number of years.
She and Barney, along with neighbours participated in a bridge club which lasted a few years. They were also founding members of the Nauwigewauk Community Club and for a number of years either of them held an office in the community club. On the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary they were made honourary members of the club. Jane was also part of the group that formed the Nauwigewauk Darlings Seniors Club, where at one time or another she had held every office. She was honoured on her 90th birthday along with her special friend Isabel Wannamaker who shared the same birthday. They called themselves the Bobsy Twins. To mark this occasion, they both were presented certificates from Provincial and Federal Governments. Jane laughed and said they received certificates from everyone but the Queen!
She loved quilting and quilted at the church, the community club and at home. She enjoyed cooking for the family, especially birthdays and Christmas. For a number of years, family and neighbours came to the family home on Christmas night where they enjoyed music, carol singing and the amazing midnight lunch Jane provided. She enjoyed travel and visited various parts of Canada and the United States. One of her favourite trips was a Caribbean cruise she took with some family members. She loved to go shopping and would drive friends to nearby cities to shop. She and her friends went to yard sales on Saturdays.
Jane would drive her children to sports and church. She was like the mother hen wanting to know where the kids were and who they with. The kids would have overnight visitors from school and often talked all night long and were pretty drowsy getting off to school the next morning. While the kids were still in school, Jane attended the home and school in Hampton visiting teachers in the classrooms.
The children were their parents pride and joy and Jane would say, “They are not perfect, but they’re all pretty good”. Her grandchildren were a joy from babies to adulthood. Trying to keep up with their modern ways and ideas, made her realize how old she was getting. She loved to visit them in their homes, especially when they had purchased new items. As she aged, her children saw that she was well looked after and kept in close contact. She enjoyed a long and happy life to the end.
Jane is survived by her sons David Henderson (Susan), John Henderson (Nancy) and Keith Henderson; her daughters Peggy Hanratty (Pat), Patti Turner (Van-Allen) and Pam Beyea (Dell Watson); grandchildren: Susan (Turner) Wolf, Simon Henderson, Olivia Burnett (Jonathan), Jesse Beyea (Jenny Glew), Jake Beyea (Beki Gamblin), Tom Hanratty, Nell Henderson and Byron Henderson; and great-grandson’s Jonah and Jack Burnett. Jane is also survived by Lynn Browne whom she loved like her own daughter; and Dell’s children Chris Watson (Robyn), Alex (Sophia Noel) and Brittannie (Scott Murphy). She was predeceased by her by son-in-law Grant Beyea; brother Norris and his wife Kaye; sister Margaret Hawkins and her husband Jim; brother-in-law Earle Henderson and his wife Alice; sister-in-law Carolyn Henderson and nephews Norman Hawkins and Norrie Hill.
She is resting at Reid’s Funeral Home (506-832-5541), 1063 Main Street, Hampton, NB, with visitation on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM from Holy Trinity Church, Hammond River, followed by interment at the Holy Trinity Cemetery, Hammond River.
Donations in memory of Jane may be made to the Bishop McAllister College (through St. Augustine’s Church). Personal condolences to the family and donations may be made through ReidsFH.com
There were three sets of readings that we could have used for today. This is the one I have selected.
St James the Less Church in the Parish of Renforth
Reformation Sunday / Day
October 30 / 31, 2016
FIRST READING: Jeremiah 31:31-34
31The LORD said:
The time will surely come when I will make a new agreement with the people of Israel and Judah. 32It will be different from the agreement I made with their ancestors when I led them out of Egypt. Although I was their God, they broke that agreement.
33Here is the new agreement that I, the LORD, will make with the people of Israel:
“I will write my laws on their hearts and minds.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.
34″No longer will they have to teach one another to obey me. I, the LORD, promise that all of them will obey me, ordinary people and rulers alike. I will forgive their sins and forget the evil things they have done.”
PSALMODY: Psalm 46
1God is our mighty fortress,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
2And so, we won’t be afraid!
Let the earth tremble
and the mountains tumble into the deepest sea.
3Let the ocean roar and foam,
and its raging waves shake the mountains.
4A river and its streams bring joy to the city,
which is the sacred home of God Most High.
5God is in that city, and it won’t be shaken.
He will help it at dawn.
6Nations rage! Kingdoms fall!
But at the voice of God the earth itself melts.
7The LORD All-Powerful is with us.
The God of Jacob is our fortress.
8Come! See the fearsome things
the LORD has done on earth.
9God brings wars to an end all over the world.
He breaks the arrows, shatters the spears,
and burns the shields.
10Our God says, “Calm down, and learn that I am God!
All nations on earth will honor me.”
11The LORD All-Powerful is with us.
The God of Jacob is our fortress.
SECOND READING: Romans 3:19-28
19We know that everything in the Law was written for those who are under its power. The Law says these things to stop anyone from making excuses and to let God show that the whole world is guilty. 20God doesn’t accept people simply because they obey the Law. No, indeed! All the Law does is to point out our sin.
21Now we see how God does make us acceptable to him. The Law and the Prophets tell how we become acceptable, and it isn’t by obeying the Law of Moses. 22God treats everyone alike. He accepts people only because they have faith in Jesus Christ. 23All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. 24But God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Christ Jesus, he freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins. 25-26God sent Christ to be our sacrifice. Christ offered his life’s blood, so that by faith in him we could come to God. And God did this to show that in the past he was right to be patient and forgive sinners. This also shows that God is right when he accepts people who have faith in Jesus.
27What is left for us to brag about? Not a thing! Is it because we obeyed some law? No! It is because of faith. 28We see that people are acceptable to God because they have faith, and not because they obey the Law.
GOSPEL: John 8:31-36
31Jesus told the people who had faith in him, “If you keep on obeying what I have said, you truly are my disciples. 32You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33They answered, “We are Abraham’s children! We have never been anyone’s slaves. How can you say we will be set free?”
I tell you for certain that anyone who sins is a slave of sin! 35And slaves don’t stay in the family forever, though the Son will always remain in the family. 36If the Son gives you freedom, you are free!