Janie Sue Whitworth Henderson of Bolivar was born in Eldridge near Tunnel Dam on April 16, 1935, the daughter of Dock Whitworth and Edith McClanahan Whitworth. She went to be with the Lord May 12, 2019, at Parkview Care Facility in Bolivar, with her children by her side after a several year battle with the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Janie Sue, as she was called, spent most of her younger days growing up in Camden County near Macks Creek.
Harold E. Henderson and Janie Sue Whitworth were united in marriage at the First Baptist Church in Macks Creek March 16, 1956. Only her passing 63 years later could separate the couple.
To this union two children, Steve and Kim, were born.
As a young mother, Janie Sue watched over her family as they lived in several different communities, before returning to Bolivar for the last several years of her life. For the most part while her children were at home, Janie Sue was a housewife. She was an outstanding cook and excellent seamstress. She read voraciously and loved flowers and gardening. She rarely took time for herself and was always thinking of others throughout their lives. She was proud of her heritage and proud of where she came from.
When their health permitted, Harold and Janie Sue loved travelling around the country, particularly with their relatives. It was never mostly about the destination but more about the company. Harold and Janie Sue were very sociable and loved to visit with others. Janie Sue adored her three granddaughters Baylee, Lindsay and Shelby and was fortunate to be able to spend many happy years with them.
When her health began to deteriorate, Janie Sue was fortunate to have her daughter Kim and Kim’s husband, Joel, next door. Kim and Joel unselfishly spent many hours caring for Janie Sue and sacrificed much to make sure that their mom was well cared for. After moving to an assisted living facility, Janie Sue could count on daily visits from Kim up and until her passing.
Janie Sue professed her faith in Jesus Christ as a young woman, and her faith never wavered. She was fond of recounting how she was baptized in the river during a sleet storm and how not even the frigid water could dampen her determination to demonstrate her faith in the resurrection and her belief in God’s promise of eternal life for those who believe. It is with no uncertainty that she is now with the Lord.
Janie Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Dock S. and Edith P. Whitworth, one brother and his wife, Larry and Betty Whitworth, and one sister, Rosemary Elliot.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Harold of Bolivar; her two children, Kimberly and husband Joel Kahn and Steve and wife Lori Henderson, all of Bolivar; three granddaughters, Baylee and husband Adam Hitchens of Lee’s Summit, Lindsay Henderson of Kansas City and Shelby Henderson of Bolivar; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, whom she loved with all her heart.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Macks Creek. The funeral will follow at 2.