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Phyllis Geraldine Henson


07/14/1934 - 07/22/2014 Obituary
Phyllis Geraldine Henson Obituary
Funeral services for Phyllis Geraldine Henson will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Phyllis Geraldine Henson was born in Cassville Missouri on July 14, 1934 to Roy and Myrtle Henson. She graduated Hugo high school in Oklahoma in 1952. Phyllis went to college in Texas where she majored in business. She married Charles Edward Cawley in DeQueen, Arkansas on July 31, 1953. After the birth of their son Charlie in 1954, they moved to California to be with her family. They helped run the family cotton farm located on Copus Road near Taft and Maricopa. They soon welcomed the arrival of their daughter Jennifer Ranee. She continued farming with her son after Charles' death until December 2012 when she moved from the farm into Bakersfield. She is preceded in death by Charles Cawley, her husband of almost 61 years; her brothers, Gene and Joe Henson; her sister in-law, Dixi Henson; nephews, Tim and Chip Henson; and her parents, Roy and Myrtle Henson. Phyllis was known by her family and those close to her as Nan.
She was faithfully devoted to the Lord. Lakeview Baptist Church was where she and her family worshipped. Here, she made many lifelong friends and began to teach her children and grandchildren God's word. Phyllis was and will always be the glue that held the family together, a pillar of strength for us all. She had an incredible and unconditional love for her family. For many of us, she was our moral compass, whose opinion was held in the highest regard. She somehow always knew what was good and right. She was incredibly fair and loved each member of the family equally. She loved to have family coming and going from the ranch at lunchtime, where they could usually be seen watching Days of Our Lives and drinking iced tea. She was a wonderful cook whose grandchildren always begged her to make Chicken and Dumplings or a pot of green beans and potatoes. Holiday meals were a favorite at her house for the family. Any reason for a family gathering and lots of food was always welcomed. Nan was elegant, warm, giving, comforting, understanding, and loving.
Phyllis is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Ranee Haycock and husband Raymond Haycock; her son, Charlie Cawley and wife Kim Cawley; grandchildren and their spouses, Adrienne and Brad Suburu, Dustin and Stephanie Haycock, Timari and Jason Duty, Brandon and Jodie Haycock, Clinton and Amy Cawley, and Traci Haycock; and 8 great grandchildren, Brock, Brady and Bronson Suburu, Tanah and Callahan Duty, Emma and Logan Haycock and Brandon Haycock. Nan will be forever missed by us all and our memories of her will be cherished. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation at www.alzfdn.org. For additional information, please contact Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200.
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 28, 2014
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