Janet Ann Henry, 98, of Chrisman, passed away at 3:50 p.m. (January 26, 2019), at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Illinois.
She was retired after thirty years as an educator at Chrisman Elementary School.
She was born May 19, 1920, in Garland, IL, the daughter of the late Charles Earl and Bernice Ann (Knight) Winans. She married Jack Vincent Henry on August 5, 1947, in Henderson, Kentucky. He preceded her in death on March 28, 1991.
Survivors include three children, Vicki Ann (Dave) Riggen and Gregory Vincent (Leslie Ann) Henry both of Chrisman, and Dedra Kay Henry of Broomfield, CO; six grandchildren, Tiffany Ann (Marty) Tarter of Chrisman, David Trevor (Christine) Riggen of Oakland, CA, Tara Lee (Jonathan) Burns of Paris, Illinois, Mary Corrine (Victor) Torres of Bloomington, IN, Rachel Marie Henry (Jason Crunk) of Raven, IL, and Nicholas Vincent Henry of Chrisman; four great-grandchildren, Chelsea Ann (Eric) McCain of Chrisman, Levi and Mercy Burns of Paris, and Victor Torres, Jr., of Bloomington; three great- great-grandchildren, Rhett, Taylor, and Shelby McCain of Paris; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Bernard W. Winans.
Mrs. Henry earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Eastern Illinois University. Her life was marked by dedication to education, her family, and her church. She remained actively involved in education throughout her life, especially in seeing students rewarded for hard work. Along with her friend and fellow teacher, Mary Alice Wyatt, she implemented and presented a long-running annual program to recognize hard-working Chrisman students with the gift of a letterman’s jacket. She was an active and devoted member of
Chrisman United Methodist Church, where her passion for education continued as a Sunday School teacher until her death. She was also active with numerous groups, offices, and circles within the church throughout the years, including United Methodist Women. In addition, Mrs. Henry was a member of the Chrisman Shakespeare Club and the Edgar County Retired Teachers Association.
She held her Winans family heritage in great esteem and was proud of having attended ninety-eight of the family’s one hundred reunions. She treasured her role as a farm wife, whether taking meals to the fields or riding in the combine. She also enjoyed counted cross-stitch and walks in the woods. Above all else, she will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who loved spending time with her family.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to Chrisman United Methodist Church.
Services were held January 29 at Chrisman United Methodist Church. Don and Terri Shane officiated.
Burial followed at Hoult Cemetery.
Templeton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Additional information and online condolences avaialbele at www.tempteltonfuneralhome.com.