HENDERSON, Dr. Clara Ellen - Died in her 62nd year on October 2, 2016 in Bloomington, Indiana, surrounded by loving friends and family.
The cause of death was a rapidly progressive malignancy. Clara was her usual high-spirited, hilarious, active self until her final few weeks.
Clara was the youngest of four siblings born to the Rev. William A. (Bill) and Margaret (Peggy) Henderson on September 27, 1955 in Walkerton, Ontario (Canada). She is survived by siblings John (Dorothy), Margaret and Sandy (Patty); three nieces Sonya (Andrew), Emma (Scott) and Kate; four nephews Joel (Joanna), Daniel (Heather), Taylor and Graeme; one grandniece Kaya and one grandnephew Noah. She was predeceased by her parents and sister-in-law Patty.
Raised in Woodstock, Ontario, Clara worked in Blantyre, Malawi, for twenty years and obtained her PhD in Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University where she worked until the time of her death.
Clara's death is mourned by colleagues, friends and family of all ages from many places around the world who will miss her energetic spirit, quick and ready wit, her warm hospitality, her many specialty dishes, sly chuckle, thigh-slapping guffaw, her creativity on the dance floor and her luminous, warm, nurturing, loving, kind presence.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Clara may be made to International Ministries of the Presbyterian Church in Canada to fund music programs of Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Malawi or to Presbyterian World Service and Development for projects in Malawi or the Mission and Outreach program of First Presbyterian, Bloomington Indiana.
A funeral service for Clara will be held in Trinity Presbyterian Church, York Mills, on Saturday, October 22nd at 1 p.m. and a Memorial service will be held in First Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, Indiana, on Saturday, October 29th at 1 p.m.
Another Memorial Service is being planned to be held in St. Michael and All Angels Church in Blantyre, Malawi.