Catherine (Kay) McHenry (1931 - 2015)

Obituary
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Catherine (Chobot) McHenry passed away on May 19, 2015, from complications from an intestinal disease. Born in East Patterson, N.J., on Jan. 14, 1931, Catherine "Kay" was the only child of William Joseph Chobot and Catherine Elizabeth (Boyle) Chobot. She graduated from the Jersey City Medical Center School of Nursing in 1951, before serving as a member of the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps from April 1953 to April 1955, stationed most of that time at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. Wanderlust got the better of her one day as she saw an ad in the back of a nursing magazine, seeking nurses for work in Alaska. In August 1961, she arrived in Alaska, where she fell instantly in love with the people and the place. She worked in several Alaska Native hospitals over the next decade, including Mt. Edgecumbe, Barrow, Kotzebue and Bethel. In Anchorage, she met Edwin McHenry, another relocated native of the East Coast. They were married on April 25, 1969. Daughter Tracey was born in 1970, soon followed by Tara in 1971. Ed and Kay traveled thousands of miles down the Alcan Highway on several road trips to their hometowns back East during their early retirement years, but their favorite travel by far was their annual visit to the Nani Kai Hale condominiums in Maui, Hawaii. We remember our mother as an independent spirit who loved to meet people and find out where they were from before telling them about Alaska. We'll miss her amazing stories about driving the U.S. in the 1940s with her mom and dad, flying in a helicopter during her Air Force training in the South, confronting the humidity and bugs in the Philippines, visiting a Japanese Inn in the 1950s and her many adventures in the far corners of Alaska in the 1960s. Kay is survived by daughter, Tracey and her husband, Brian Donahue and their three children, Maeve, Declan and Brigid Donahue, all of Spokane, Wash.; and by her daughter, Tara and her husband, Monkee of Portland, Ore. We'd like to thank Providence Hospital for their care of our mother and special thanks to the gentle, welcoming treatment we all received during her final days at Marlow Manor Assisted Living. Funeral Mass will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Church at 2111 Muldoon Road in Anchorage, at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015, with a reception at the church afterwards. Military burial of both Edwin's and Catherine's ashes will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery; friends are welcome to attend.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on June 28, 2015