Evelyn Marie (Shirley) Henderson

Evelyn Marie (Shirley) Henderson, 80, passed from this life Saturday September 2, 2017 at Christus St. Patrick Hospital in Lake Charles after a brief illness.


Known to everyone as Ree, she leaves her husband of sixty-four years, Leland Henderson; her sister, Annie Merle Rollison of Vicksburg, Mississippi; her sons, Kenneth Henderson and his wife Christy, and James Henderson and his wife Laura; Five grandchildren eleven great grandchildren and many close friends. Ree was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Krystal Leah Henderson.


A child of sharecroppers, Ree was the third of four children born to Elbert and Annie Shirley in Winnsboro, Louisiana.  Her early years included a lot of time picking cotton in the fields or north Louisiana and attending the small community church where she met Leland. After marrying Leland in 1953, she traveled with him around the world during his career with the military.  They eventually settled in DeRidder and made it their permanent home.


Ree had an unwavering faith in God and was a long-time member of Westview Baptist Church.  Over the years, she had become very involved with the church and assisted with numerous events. She particularly loved the fellowship of after church dinners with fellow church members.

The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful and loving care Ree received from the staff of both Christus St. Patrick Hospital and Christus Hospice.


Friends will be received on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Myers Colonial Funeral Home, in DeRidder, LA.  A funeral service will be held the following day on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 11:00 AM, also at Myers Colonial Funeral Home.

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