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Elizabeth "Liz" Henderson

Elizabeth "Liz" Henderson

Elizabeth "Liz" Henderson, 61, passed away on December 31, 2016 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock. She was born in Little Rock in 1955 to Thomas and Betty Williams. After receiving a BA degree, she later achieved a Master’s Degree at the UALR School of Social Work in 1985. Her early career was spent in both clinical and administrative positions at Centers for Youth and Families. The last 12 years of her career was at the Arkansas State Hospital as a monitor in the 911 program. She was a skilled and dedicated Mental Health Professional with deep compassion and respect for her clients.

Liz loved to travel and had a keen interest in wildlife. In recent years, she and her husband participated in an EarthWatch sponsored trip to a remote nature reserve on the upper Amazon River in Peru. She also was an avid Bird watcher with an uncanny ability to spot eagles at Greers Ferry Lake where she and her husband spent many weekends at their cabin.
Liz had many talents and her son and daughter knew her as a world-class mom. In addition to her abiding love for family, Liz possessed a sensitivity, generosity and a fun loving zest for living that gifted her with a remarkable number of genuinely close friends. The grace and courage in which she faced her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer was an inspiration to all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Henderson, son, Eric Mortenson (Mai), daughter, Angela "Rosie" Hames (Brian), and grandson, Leon H. T. Mortenson.

There will be a visitation Thursday, April 13, 5 to 7 PM with a Memorial Service on Friday, April 14 at 10 AM, both at Ruebel Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heifer international or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Condolence Book

"You left us too soon. We will miss your laughter and joie de vivre. "
Glen and Becky White | Little Rock, AR | ringo999@att.net

"I'm so sorry to hear about Liz. I will be thinking of you and praying for you and your family. "
Linda George | Sherwood , AR |

"I have gotten to know Liz so much better through the beautiful postings on "Remembering L.I.Z." Thanks for sharing so much of this amazing woman's life. If there is anything Amy Wisdom and I can do to help (food, chores, etc.) just please let us know! "
David Eifling | Little Rock, AR | Daveifling@prodigy.net

"What an amazing woman! I feel so fortunate for having known her and having the opportunity to learn from her. I will never be able to see a pink flamingo and not think of awesome Liz! My thoughts are with the family. Thanks so much for all the neat postings on Remembering L.I.Z. :)"
April Wolcott | Sherwood, AR | Uneekapril@gmail.com

"Condolences to Jerry, Jon, Eric, Mai, Leon, Rosie, Brian, and Liz's large circle of loving friends in the loss of her light, fun, warm presence. Liz positively touched so many people through her relationships—with family, friends, and clients. Liz set a wonderful example of living life to the fullest and making the best of whatever life sends one's way, including terminal illness. She managed to squeeze the good stuff out of each moment, including having a pajama party with family (and her beloved dog) in hospice! What an amazing and inspiring life! "
Diane Spear | New York, NY | dianespear@aol.com

"Liz was a wonderful coworker and a beautifully genuine human being. She touched my life and I'm happy to have known her. My heart goes out to the family. You are missed, Liz!"
Wendy Rimington | Benton, AR | wndyjr1969@yahoo.com

"Good-bye my dear friend. So many wonderful memories, so little time. Peace.Tc"
Lisa Kessler | Little Rock, AR | alphy18@hotmail.com

"My thoughts are with her family and friends during this time. We've lost a genuine individual who could find the light in the midst of darkness in a way most people can't. Liz you are and will be missed! Journey on friend."
Carrie Jones | Little Rock, AR | cejones1@mac.com

"Liz, I will always remember you as a joyful spirit with a beaming smile. A friend to everyone, a lover of animals, and a genuinely caring person. I send prayers for Liz's family."
Jean M Robinson | Oakton, VA | robandjean@cox.net

"I am so sad to learn of Liz's passing. What a wonderful, caring person. Although it's been years since I've seen her, I have pictures of her when we were 3 years old at birthday parties and great memories of growing up with her. Such a light to everyone around her. Her smile was amazing and her cheerfulness contagious. Rest in peace, dear one."
Becky Butler Staggs | Aurora, CO | rbsbbs1956@gmail.com

"Liz set the bar high for living life to the fullest.Always loving, compassionate and thoughtful. A true friend to all, the two-legged, four-legged, winged ones and all of nature. Sending love and prayers to her family. "
Meredith Hawkins | Roland, AR | merehawkins22@gmail.com

"Last I spoke to Liz she shared with me that her cancer had returned and she was fighting it. She really was an amazing woman! I am one of her co-workers and I found her very knowledgable and easy to communicate with. She was a caring spirit. I will miss you, Liz. "
Guyla Craft | Cabot, AR |

"Jerry, Eric, and Rosie,

I am so sad to hear of Liz passing. She had so much spirit and love of life. I know that all of you , your families, and friends were the center of her life. What wonderful times you had. I am so happy she met and spent time with Leon. Love and sympathy to you all.
Lynn Taylor"

Lynn taylor | Baltimore , MD | Taylorjuanital@gmail.com

"Liz will always be remembered for her infectious humor, wit, and smiling face. Her "Hummingbird Call" brings a smile to my face and I LOL.....She will be missed by everyone that knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. "
Martin Chilcote | Little Rock, AR | tycosales@comcast.net

"Liz brought so much to every corner she occupied. She was optimistic, fun and always up for a challenge. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and the multitudes of friends. "
catherine chaumont | little rock, AR | ccchaumont@sbcglobal.net

"Liz was a kind, fun and caring person. She touched the lives of many with those very things, kindness, laughter and love."
Melissa Thompson Harrison | Abingdon, VA | mel33055@aol.com

"My condolences to the family. I am so sorry about your loss. Blessings. Abesie"
Abesie Kelly | Pine Bluff, AR | abesie.kelly@ssa.gov

"Liz had a smile that was full of light! She was a wonderful woman and a superb social worker who will be missed by many! Journey on, sweet Liz!"
May Atkins | |

"Lorene and I send our condolences to Jerry and his extended family. As the next door neighbor it is still hard for me to drive down my driveway expecting to see Liz in her front yard. She always had a smile and was always pleasant as we discussed our personal ills and the world in general. It is sad that the world lost a beautiful person who was such a joy to be around. Liz is gone but not forgotten. "
Carl L Tidmore | Little Rock, AR | cltidmore@sbcglobal.net

"Chris and John, She was a neat girl! She will be missed. Maybe she can have supper her own club in Heaven! david"
david feild | Little Rock, AR | dffeild@gamil.com

"So sorry for your loss Brian. Prayers for peace and comfort of Christ"
Todd Clark | Little Rock, AR |

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