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Carol Jane McHenry

Obituary for Carol Jane McHenry

May 1, 1930 - February 18, 2021
Greenwood, Indiana | Age 90


Carol Jane McHenry, 90, Greenwood, Indiana (formerly Indianapolis) passed away peacefully on February 18, 2021. Carol was the vital and spirited matriarch of her family; loved by all and now missed by so many. She lived her life every day with a cheerful heart and her bright smile (not to mention her sparkly jewelry!) would light up any room where she was present. She set a high standard for fashion, dressing in her own glamourous, impeccable style to meet each sunny day.
She was born May 1 ("May Day"), 1930 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Carl A. and Ida M. Ramsey. Carol graduated from high school at Ferry Hall preparatory school in Lake Forest, Illinois. After high school, she initially attended Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, before transferring to Purdue University. While at Purdue she met her lifelong love, Richard O. McHenry (Mac) and they were married in 1951. Survivors are her son Richard R. (Nancy) McHenry of Leesburg, Indiana & daughter Cynthia C. (Tim) Walker of Indianapolis. Other survivors include five grandchildren, Melissa (Travis) Gunther, Ladera Ranch, CA, Matthew (Christine) McHenry, Goshen, IN, Elizabeth (Donald) Ridgeway, Lake Placid, FL, Drew (Sara) Walker, Naperville, IL, and Charles (Jennifer) Walker, Newcastle, WA, along with eight great-grandchildren. Her daughter, Denise, and her husband of 69 years predeceased her.
Carol was a cancer survivor of many years and although that prevented her from finishing her college studies and obtaining her teaching credentials, it did not dampen her spirit or her commitment to God, her family, and the community. She was always generous with her time and participated in a wide range of activities from large civic organizations to her local church circle. As a volunteer she devoted long hours to Crossroads Rehabilitation Center and the Southside Symphony Society, served as President of the Indianapolis Boys Club, and chairman of the Fairview Antique Show. She was a member and past President of Chapter BP of PEO and a longtime member and supporter of The Indianapolis Propylaeum. As a voracious reader she looked forward to spirited discussions and sharing her opinions at her regular book club meetings. She did all this as a devoted Christian and a member for more than 50 years of Southport Presbyterian Church, where she could be found with Mac in their usual location near the front of the sanctuary every Sunday.
She loved tailgating and attending the Purdue football games as well as the traditional post game dinners at the Hour Time restaurant. She and Mac travelled the world and she loved to discover art, music, architecture, and the various food cultures wherever they visited. It was hard for her to pass up the chance to explore a grocery store or marketplace wherever in the world she happened to be. She was most at home in her kitchen creating memorable and delicious meals, never afraid to tweak a recipe that needed some improvement and serving it all beautifully on the finest china and crystal. She loved sharing her culinary techniques and energy with her children and grandchildren, teaching them her methods and her approach as more an art than a science. She loved to entertain and anyone attending one of her parties, whether large or small, felt like they had been to a special event.
Those that knew her well often thought she missed her calling as a therapist. She had a wonderful talent for putting people at ease and allowing them to feel comfortable sharing whatever they had on their mind. Whether it was a family member or someone she had just met, she always found the right words of support and encouragement that were needed. Most of all, you knew she was focused on you and, no matter what, you could always count on her to be by your side.

Private family services are entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory-Greenwood Chapel.
The service will be streamed on Facebook Saturday, March 6th at 11AM.

Please send memorial gifts to The Indianapolis Propylaeum, 1410 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202.

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