September 27, 1938 ~ January 5, 2021

Born in: Oxnard, CA
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Service for Val Henderson:

Valerie Thias Henderson, 82, passed away on January 5, 2021, due to complications of Alzheimers disease. She was an amazing, caring wife, mother, grandmother, and business woman, and was dedicated to Pueblo-based social and business communities.

Born in Oxnard, California, on September 27, 1938, Valerie (Val) grew up in Hollywood literally steps from Hollywood Blvd, and attended Hollywood High School. As a straight-A student and a talented and gifted vocalist, she was courted by the Hollywood elite to become an opera star, but chose college at Stanford University, marriage, and family instead – but not before she was the honored vocalist that sang for her high school commencement at the Hollywood Bowl.

Later in life, Val met and married Dan Henderson (1985), general manager of the General Electric engineering firm based in Pueblo, where she was hired as an Administrative Assistant. Together, they ultimately started their own company, Engineered Systems Inc. (ESI) which provided local engineering services and employment for dozens of local engineers for over 25 years until they sold the business in 2010.

In addition to her engineering business, Val was quite involved in various Pueblo activities. During her time there, she was President of the Pueblo Goodwill Board, President of the Pueblo Choral Society Board (and an active member and vocalist/soloist with the Chorale itself), chaired the 2010 Pueblo Commission, participated in the Pueblo County Blue Ribbon Panel for the introduction of the new Judicial Building, ran for City Council, and was involved in the Coalition of Pueblo Engineers for the 35 years she and Dan were married.

She loved her children, grandchildren and other family members very much, hosting them when they visited and showing them what Pueblo had to offer. She was also an excellent cook and hostess for many Pueblo social events. Earlier in life, she was involved with her growing boys by taking posts in the local Little League (Purchasing Agent), the Cub Scouts (Den Mother) and the local elementary school district (PTA President). She never seemed to run out of energy where her family was concerned.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Virginia Thias; and her older sister, Diane Simpson. She is survived by her brother, Ted Thias (Irvine, California); her sister, Constance Chittenden (Cupertino, California); her two sons, Bruce (Janet) Campbell (Mountain View, California) and Scott Campbell (Colorado Springs); and her three grandchildren, Jillian Campbell (California), and Alex Campbell and Kevin Campbell (Colorado Springs).

A masked and distanced Memorial Service will be held at the Montgomery & Steward Chapel, 1317 N. Main Street, Pueblo, CO 81003, on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021, at 2:00pm MST (1:00PM PST). This service will also be streamed live at and recorded for future access. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations in Valerie’s name may be sent to the Colorado Alzheimers Research Association at


Memorial Service: January 23, 2021 2:00 pm

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003


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  1. CandleImageHi all, sorry this is late. Both Robin and I attended the service. Thanks very much for doing all of this. We were hoping some sort of online service would be provided. Love to all, Val will be missed.

  2. Val will be missed. It was my honor to serve with her on numerous boards. She had the knowledge and understanding that improved the organization. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Debbie Rose

  3. Val was my beloved sister and I am so happy that she found a wonderful husband and had such a great, loving life with him. Thanks you, thank you Dan!

  4. CandleImageA lovely service and tribute to Aunt Val. We always looked forward to getting her annual Christmas letters. They have truly been missed in the past few years. She was an extraordinary lady. Our condolences for Uncle Dan and her family.

    Love, Donna & Brad Belvedere

  5. My condolences to the entire family.
    Thank you for organizing a unique and inspiring memorial service for Val – it was really moving.
    I’m so glad we could share the moment with you.
    -Cousin Douglas

  6. CandleImageA beautiful service and a lovely tribute to Val. I’m sorry I couldn’t be there in person. My deepest sympathy to you all.

  7. My husband, Terry McCanne, and I have wonderful memories of Val from Pueblo Chorale Days. She was a vibrant light with a beautiful voice and wonderful smile. So nice to hear how important she was in our Pueblo community.

    Elizabeth Zawadowski

  8. CandleImageWhat a lovely tribute, I’m glad I could share it. May your love and memories sustain you during this difficult time.

  9. CandleImageSincere condolences to Val Henderson’s family. I didn’t get to know Val real well when I met her after I joined the Pueblo Choral Society, but I was very impressed with all of her business knowledge and skills, her enthusiasm for the choir, and her deep commitment to music and the choir. Her energy seemed unlimited, and she always made me smile with her humor and intensity. Blessings and prayers to the family and friends who knew her well who are missing her at this time.

  10. CandleImageIt was wonderful knowing Val. We knew Val through the Coalition of Pueblo Engineers, an organization she actively supported. She will be missed. Our deepest condolences to the family and her husband Dan.

  11. Vivian and I will miss Valerie’s stories at the COPE meetings. She was always joyful and fun to listen to. Although we were “friends at a distance”, living in Michigan for the last 13 years, we enjoyed knowing Valerie since we met her and Dan through ESI in Pueblo 20 years ago. We are saddened by her passing and pray for Dan and family in this difficult time. Much love, Matt and Vivian Witte.

  12. CandleImageI was able to know Val as a fellow member of the Pueblo Chorale Society. She was always caring, upbeat, and I enjoyed performing with her. My deepest condolences are with her family and friends. I know she will be missed.

  13. Val was a special and wonderful friend to Sherry and me. My condolences to Dan and family. Jack and Sherry (Koski) Selway.

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