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September 5, 2013

(3/8/1946- 8/30/2013)

The daughter of Russell and Florence Aylor Gordy, Carla Louise Henderson was born March 8, 1946 in Fairfield, Iowa. She passed away August 30, 2013 at the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, Missouri.

Carla grew up in the rural area of Mt. Sterling, Iowa where she attended and graduated from the Revere, Missouri High School in 1964. While growing up an only child, she was her father's right hand man, helping with the farming and livestock. During this time she belonged to a local saddle club, and enjoyed horse shows.

She married Freddie Henderson on November 20, 1965 in Mt. Sterling, Iowa, and became a farmer's wife. To this union two children were born, Lisa and Jeff. You could always count on Carla to be there when you needed her, whether it was taking the kids to a school event or activity or helping move farm equipment.

Carla loved to play bingo. During the 1980s and early 90s she was a permanent fixture on Tuesday nights at the Rotary Bingo. She hardly missed a Tuesday night.

She was a great wife, mother, and friend. She will be missed by all.

Carla was preceded in death by her mother, Flo Gordy; brother-in-law Harry Robeson; and in-laws Lonel and Aletha Henderson.

She is survived by her husband, Fred Henderson of the home; her father, Russell Gordy of Mt Sterling, Iowa; two children, daughter, Lisa Orton and her husband Mark of Memphis and son, Jeff Henderson and his wife Renee of Ottumwa, Iowa; one very special granddaughter, Kassidy Henderson; two step-grandchildren, Craig Orton and his wife Jennifer, and Brandi Sutter and her Husband AJ; three great-step-grandchildren Jailyn and Connor Sutter, and Jenna Orton; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Robeson and Crystal Riebel, and many nieces, and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to the Brock Cemetery and can be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Funeral services were held Monday, September 2, 2013, at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Brother Larry Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Brock Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Larry Miller, Alan Henderson, Benny Gilbert, Steve Morris, Tommy Riebel and Fudd Cochran. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Scotland County Fire Dept.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.

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Memphis MO 63555
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