Charlotte Lucille (Badgley) Henry, 94, died December 24, 2019, at her home in Oconto.
Funeral services will be Monday, December 30, 2019, at 2pm at the United Methodist Church in Callaway, Nebraska with Rev. Shanon Williams, officiating. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Callaway. Visitation will be Sunday, December 29, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church in Callaway.
She was born on August 8, 1925 at Oconto, Nebraska, to Merlin Edward and Lillie Annie (Helmuth) Badgley in a small house on her parents’ farmstead.
On September 4, 1944, she married Harry Henry at the Evangelical Church in Oconto. To this union four children were born: Dixie, Diane, Duane and Gale.
Charlotte attended Lone Eagle Country School of rural Oconto for her first eight years of schooling. She then attended Oconto High School, graduating in 1942. She worked in the Oconto telephone office for several years, then she and Harry worked in the Ordinance plant at Grand Island, Nebraska, making ammunition for World War II in early 1945. In April 1945, Harry was inducted into the Army and was stationed in Tyler, Texas. She moved to Tyler, to be close to Harry, and there she worked in a dress shop. Charlotte was also an Avon lady for 25 years, winning many awards.
At the Oconto Evangelical Church and later at the Callaway Evangelical United Brethren Church (now United Methodist Church), Charlotte was active in the Women’s Society of World Service, now known as United Methodist Women. In 1997, she received a 50-year pin for attendance. She enjoyed teaching children’s Sunday School classes at the churches and serving on many committees. Charlotte was serving as a trustee when the Fellowship Hall of the Callaway United Methodist church was built in the early 1990s.
Charlotte enjoyed needle work, arranging flowers, making clothes for all four of the children, and making jewelry. If a piece of purchased jewelry was not to her liking, she “reworked it to her liking.” And always she was a willing pickup or truck driver, thistle-digging supervisor of the grandchildren and helper on the farm and ranch. In later years, she loved to watch the birds at the feeders outside her front door. She truly loved Christmas! And her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren were always welcomed.
Charlotte is survived by daughters, Dixie (Dick) G’Schwind of Callaway, and Diane Good of Gibbon; sons, Duane (Judy) Henry of Ansley, and Gale Henry of Oconto; seventeen grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren; her first cousin, Lola Kirby of Oconto; caregivers, Sandy Fox and Stacy Fox of Callaway, and Karla Feller of Oconto; along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded by her husband, Harry in 2003; her parents; her brother and sister-in-law, Leroy and Arlene Badgley; and son-in-law, Ralph Good.
Timm-Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com