Marguerite Irene LeBon Henry passed peacefully at home on Friday morning, April 11, 2014 at age 90. A lifetime resident of Uptown New Orleans, Irene was the beloved wife of the late Royce James Henry DDS, and the cherished daughter of the late Lawrence Joseph LeBon and Margaret Irene Mary LeBon. She was the great granddaughter of the late Paul Eugene Mary Sr. ("Big Dad") and Loretta Elizabeth Jewett Mary ("Memeire"), and was "Niffy" to countless cousins and aunts. Irene was preceded in death by her late brother Lawrence J. LeBon Jr. DDS and fifteen great aunts and uncles known as the "Mary fifteen". Irene was the loving mother of six children: Royce J. Henry Jr (Barbara), Dennis L. Henry DDS (Bobbie), Craig G. Henry (Mamie), Mary Elise Henry Kruez (Richard Kruez), Keith G. Henry (MeMe) and Gerard E. Henry (Melissa). She was grandmother to eleven: Dennis L Henry Jr (Kelly), James G. Henry, Craig G. Henry Jr, Victoria E. Henry, Katie E. Kruez, Colin R. Kruez, Marguerite E. Henry, Keith G. ("Bubba") Henry, Jr, Mary Mitchell Ives Henry, Stephen H. Henry, and Caroline L. Henry, and great grandmother to Julia Henry and Jenna Henry. Irene devoted her life to her family and friends. She was most engaging and never met a stranger. She loved hosting dinner parties, her bingo club and celebrating family milestones in her home on the avenue. She is a registered descendent of the Daughters of the Confederacy and the Jewitt Family of America. Irene was a devout catholic who dedicated her time and gave of herself for others. She solicited funds behalf of the American Heart Association, did volunteer work at Hotel Dieu Hospital and routinely contributed and prayed to the Poor Clare Nuns amongst other religious orders. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at The Most Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6367 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans on Wednesday, April 16th at 11:00 am. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am. Interment in Hope Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Poor Clare Nuns c/o Saint Clare's Monastery, 720 Henry Clay Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118. Condolences may be offered at www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Apr. 12 to Apr. 16, 2014