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Cornelia Caldwell Henry

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Cornelia Caldwell Henry
Evansville, Ind.
Cornelia Caldwell Henry, formerly of Evansville, died at home on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at the age of 94 in Olympia, Wash., after a long struggle with dementia.
She was born to Lacey and Marjorie Caldwell in Wells, Minnesota, on August 11, 1919. At the age of 18 she left the Minnesota farm to go to West Lafayette, Ind., and work her way through Purdue University, earning a degree in Home Economics in 1941. While a student at Purdue, Cornelia met Robert Henry. They were married in August of 1941, and after a short period in Lockport, N.Y., they settled in Evansville, Ind., where they raised their family. Volunteering was a theme in Cornelia's life, and her contributions to the community reflected her interests. As a member and sometimes president of the Parent/Teacher Association, she supported her children's education. As an active member of Trinity Methodist Church she sang in the choir and served on numerous boards and committees. She was one of the original organizers of Meals on Wheels of Evansville and served as a volunteer director of the program until it grew to need a full time employed director. Through the Home Economists Association, she was involved in awarding scholarships to local high school students and in decorating the house of the president of what was then called Indiana State University Evansville. Cornelia also was a member of PEO and the Audubon Society, where she helped organize sales of birdseed and birdfeeder cleaning. Cornelia was honored as Volunteer of the Year in Evansville, as Distinguished Alumnus by the College of Consumer and Family Science at Purdue University, and received a Southwest Indiana District Service to Mankind Award from the Sertoma Club.
Cornelia is survived by two sisters, Donna Opp, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Nancy Jirik, of St. Paul, Minn.; three sons, Warren and his wife, Lana, of Kansas City, Mo., Wayne and his wife, Linda, of Hudson, Ill., and Harold (Hank) and his wife, Helen of Olympia, Wash.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Henry, and a brother, Bruce Caldwell.
There will be a family ceremony at her graveside in Evansville in the future. Donations in her name may be made to Meals on Wheels, or to Trinity United Methodist Church Fund B, both of Evansville, Indiana.

Published in Courier Press on Aug. 29, 2013
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