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Harriet Joan Henderson

January 20, 1932 July 9, 2016
Harriet Joan Henderson
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Harriet Joan Henderson, 84, began a new journey on July 9, 2016, having experienced a long, fruitful and memorable life. She grew up in Pipestone, Minnesota, and thoroughly enjoyed her family, friends, and Methodist Youth Church Group.

Harriet Tillman married Lawrence “Larry” Henderson in 1952. They had four children together: Steven, Byron, Bruce and Gail. They moved west to Spokane, Washington, and then to Castro Valley, California. Harriet made close lifelong friends in Castro Valley. She was a homemaker, den mother, PTA President, animal lover, hot tubber, dancer, painter, voracious reader, avid bridge player, jigsaw puzzle solver, grilled cheese gourmet, assistant librarian, and a caring, loving grandmother to Liz, Val, Dylan, Rachel and Hannah. Following Larry’s death in 1971, Harriet and Robert “Bob” Baillie spent many good years together – living, dancing, dining, and finally retiring in Brookings, Oregon in 1997.

Harriet drove with two feet – one on the gas, one on the brake. She never got a ticket. If she gave you her word on anything, she would ALWAYS keep it. You could depend on her. She was direct, opinionated, hardheaded, caring, devoted, loyal and trustworthy. Harriet was a special, unique individual who lived through the Great Depression, World War II, the 60’s and into the New Millennium. She will surely be missed by all that knew her. Harriet and her family greatly appreciate the excellent care she received at Curry Good Samaritan Center.

She is survived by her children - Gail H. Foley and Steven Henderson; grandchildren - Liz Henderson, Valerie Henderson, Dylan Habiger, Rachel Henderson, and Hannah Henderson; daughter-in-law Jill S. Henderson; and son-in-law Patrick Foley, Esq.

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