August 19, 1920 ~ August 14, 2019
Born in: New Boston, Texas,
Resided in: Pueblo West, CO
Avonelle Marie McHenry, 98, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Three days shy of her 99th birthday. She is survived by, sisters, Mary Helen McAlexander of Dallas, Texas, Ouida Frances Stacy of Starke, Florida and Clara Louise Stephens of Bethany, Oklahoma; daughter, Rebecca (Jim) Smith of Lago Vista, Texas; daughter-in-law, Carolyn McHenry of Pueblo, Colorado; four grandchildren and their spouses, G. B. (Ashley) McHenry of Pueblo West, Colorado, Dustin (Anna) Robinson of Washington, D.C., Beau (Namiraa) Robinson of Washington, D. C. and Max (Amanda) Robinson of Austin, Texas; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Artie B. and Vida Marie Pace; brothers, Artie B. Pace Jr, Hiram Jones Pace and Little Thomas Pace (infant); sisters, Cornelia Suenram, Nina Clarice Monroe and Billie Doris Mitchell; brothers-in-law, Bill Leeper, Guy Keyser, Les Suenram, J.P. McAlexendar, Porter Monroe, Leo Mitchell, William Stacy and Harold Stephens II; husband, George B. McHenry Sr.; and son, George B. McHenry, Jr. Born in New Boston, Texas on August 17, 1920, Avonelle was the 2nd oldest of 10 children. As a teen, she moved from Texas to Broken Bow, Oklahoma with her parents and siblings to establish a farm where family would continue to gather for several generations. She married George B. McHenry in 1942 in Broken Bow, starting their life together which would take them to Pasadena, Texas, Oklahoma City, and Bethany, Oklahoma. After George's death she moved to Austin, Texas and finally to Colorado where she lived with her son and daughter-in-law Carolyn. Special thanks to Carolyn, who cared for Avonelle the final years of her life. Avonelle referred to Carolyn as her 'best friend' rather than a daughter-in-law. Avonelle was a unique and talented woman who many said 'could do anything'. Special thanks to the staff of Belmont Senior Care in Pueblo, Colorado, especially Abby who went above and beyond caring for Avonelle and Hospice CNA Karen who spent many hours with Avonelle, talking about her life and crocheting. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Mercer Adams Funeral Home, 3925 N. Asbury Ave., Bethany, Oklahoma followed by graveside services at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery, 7801 N.W. Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK 73132. Visitation at Mercer Adams Thurs. and Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 1207 Pueblo Blvd., Pueblo, CO 81005, Belmont Senior Care Assisted Living, 3 Douglas Ct, Pueblo, CO 81001, Texas School for the Deaf Foundation, PO Box 42727, Austin, TX 78704, or the charity of your choice.
Avonelle will be missed. I always enjoyed my visits with her. My thoughts and prayers will be with the family. May the blankets that she crocheted bring you hugs from Avonelle!