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Born: Apr 07, 1939

Date of Passing: Sep 20, 2020

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(née HALL)
April 7, 1939 - September 20, 2020

It is with extreme sadness that we must share with you that our beloved mother, Irene Henderson, passed away on September 20, 2020 after a short battle with cancer. After a life lived fully, she was ready to be reunited with her loving husband of 55 years, Edward Henderson, who had passed away in 2016.
Mom is lovingly remembered by her children, Rick, Sue and Tom; by Rick's partner Thais, and their children, Cyrian and Lauryn; by Sue's partner Allan; and by the many friends and extended family members who had the pleasure of knowing her over the years.
Mom was proud of her work in the Ontario government and the construction industry in Quebec as a young woman, before raising her three children. Mom was a strong advocate for adoption legislation, and was an integral part of the fight to keep adoption records open so that adoptees could find their birth parents.
Mom had many interests and hobbies that connected her to an extended network of dear friends. When we lived in Ottawa, Mom was a member of the Ottawa Doll Club; and, when she moved to Winnipeg in 1985, she and Connie Royal started the Winnipeg Doll Club, and began a very successful annual doll show. An expert in antique dolls, Mom became known as "the doll lady" in Winnipeg. When Dad retired, Mom and Dad enjoyed summer road trips in Canada and the United States, winter months in Mexico, and, in recent years, visiting Rick, Thais, Cyrian and Lauryn in Arizona.
Strong-willed, determined, and caring, Mom managed to keep her children focused on their goals - encouragement that she extended to her grandchildren, Cyrian and Lauryn. Mom was strong and positive as she prepared to leave us - even learning how to video chat to stay connected with those who loved her. She left us at peace with herself, her family, and her friends.
Mom spoke often of the kindness and professionalism of the doctors, nurses, and staff of Seven Oaks General Hospital and the Riverview Health Centre Palliative Care unit; and we would like to thank you for taking care of our beautiful mother.
In accordance with Mom's wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no formal service.
Donations to Siloam Mission (, 300 Princess Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1M3 and/or to The Salvation Army (, 204-290 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2N8, charities that Mom supported, would be appreciated.

- Rick Henderson, Sue Henderson, and Tom Henderson


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 26, 2020

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Rick, Sue and Tom, my sincerest condolences. We lost Mom and Denis this year as well. Only our cherished memories help somewhat, at such a difficult time. I remember with great fondness the first cabbage patch doll Mrs. Henderson gave me one Christmas and I have it to this day! She and Ed were such fascinating, fun-loving parents, warm and welcoming! We had some wonderful times on road trips to flea markets, many moons ago when the family lived in Orleans. Special people like Irene make a lasting impression. RIP dear Irene. - Posted by: Lill (Family Friend) on: Jan 18, 2021

  • Tom, Sue & Ricky, I was saddened to read of your mother’s passing. She & your late father were so proud of the 3 of you. My father, George, visited them in Winnipeg & your mother would stay at his home in Toronto if she was in town for a doll show. For many years I have seen pictures of each of you, first via your grandparents Tom & Muriel whom I also remember fondly from when I was a child George & Tom worked together many years ago This is a sad end of an era for you. Your mom will be missed Be well and continue to make her proud. Fondly, Susan - Posted by: Susan (Waite) Hughes (Daughter of George, long time friend of your parents & grandparents ) on: Nov 07, 2020

  • Sorry for your families loss. Sending our condolences. - Posted by: Derek & Lee-Anne Hill (Friend ) on: Oct 08, 2020

  • We are very sorry to learn of Irene's passing. We missed seeing Irene at our monthly Doll Club meetings but COVID-19 brought those meetings to a halt in March, 2020. Irene was a great source of doll information and always willing to share her knowledge and expertise with the rest of our Doll Club members. She was highly regarded among those Club members who knew her. Our sincerest condolences. - Posted by: Dianne Malzensky (member, Librarian and Newsletter Editor of Manitoba Doll Club) on: Sep 27, 2020

  • To Tom, Rick and Sue..., I was so sorry and saddened to hear of your mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys! Such an amazing, kind hearted and loving person! To this day I still don’t feel right calling her Irene, as I always knew your mom as Mrs. Henderson... but then again, she was one of my first babysitters. We’ve joked about this before, but one thing I always tell people anytime we talk about our childhood memories etc... your mom made the best peanut butter and honey sandwiches! It was a treat she always made for me for lunch whenever she was looking after me. Mrs H. Was loved by many when she was with us, now she will be missed, but never forgotten! Love from Bill, Jill, Ella and Lauren Perry (Halifax, NS) - Posted by: Bill Perry (Family Friend) on: Sep 27, 2020

  • Sue, Rick, and Tom, my deepest sympathy on the passing of your mom. I met your mom at the first meeting of the doll club and thought to myself she is very knowledge and would be a fun person to get to know better and I was right! I remember our bus trips to Minneapolis to attend doll shows and all the interesting things we got into or tried to get into lol. The fun times at the doll shows and just talking to her on the phone I learned a little more each day. We have lost a very special lady today. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Jackie Larter (friend...met at the doll club) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • My Aunt Irene was a very special lady with a big heart. When she lived in Montreal, I was lucky to go and visit in the summer. She would take Tom, Sue, Rick and myself to so many special places. I think this might be how my love for travelling got started. I feel so blessed as over the last few weeks, I would video chat with her. She had a lot of stories to tell me. She is going to be missed deeply. There will always be a place in my heart for her. Tom, Sue, Rick and family, I will hold you all in my thoughts and prayers. Love Debbie - Posted by: Deborah Demers (Niece) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • Deepest condolences to Rick and Thais and family. I remember meeting your mom at one of those Winnipeg doll shows. ((Hugs)) to all of you. - Posted by: Peggy Meiklejohn (Friend) on: Sep 26, 2020

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