Pearl Frances Henderson, 97, of Winter Haven, FL, peacefully departed this life on February 7th, 2012. Pearl was a native of Florida and was born in Hamilton County on December 20, 1914, to parents George Lawrence and Molly Hillhouse. Pearl is preceded in death by husband Jesse "Jake" Henderson, and son George Allen "Buddy" Henderson. She is survived by five children - Tommy Henderson of Flint, MI, Ethel Sweeney of Swartz Creek, MI, Mary Giffin of Winter Haven, FL, Freddie Webster of Daytona Beach, FL, and Nancy Whitehurst of Shreveport, LA; as well as 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Pearl will especially be remembered for her green thumb, her love of animals, and her knack for cooking. A viewing will be held on Saturday, February 11th from 12 to 1pm at Crisp-Coon Funeral Home in Winter Haven, Florida, and will be directly followed by a funeral service (also at Crisp Funeral Home) and interment at Lakeside Memorial Park Cemetery. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Odyssey Hospice and all of those who gave Pearl their love and affection during her final days on this earth.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Feb. 10, 2012