Vivian L. Henry (nee Lynaugh), 95, of Haddonfield, N.J., passed peacefully into eternal rest at her daughter, Katherine H. Licardo's home on March 24, 2014. She had been in ailing health since 2007.
Vivian was blessed to have shared this 7-year journey with her family. Early on, she resided at her St. Lawrence River home in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., with her beloved daughter, Karen, by her side. Thereafter, she enjoyed the care and comfort of her son, Brian, at his home in Johnstown, N.Y., and celebrated her life's final chapter with Katherine in Haddonfield. The visits from her son, Bruce, Upper Nyack, NY, encouraged and motivated her to embrace what mattered to her most, her legacy.
Born May 7,1918, in New York City, to parents Aletha (nee) Cooper and Matthew E. Lynaugh, Vivian was the oldest of 2 siblings, Matthew Jr. and Jean.
Vivian L. Henry
She was an honor graduate of White Plains High School in 1936 and was the recipient of a full scholarship at Syracuse University. Vivian graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of her senior class with a BA in 1940.
At Syracuse, she was a member of honories: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Delta Sigma Rho. Additional graduate work followed at Oneonta State, Ithaca, Russell Sage and Syracuse.
Following graduation, she modeled briefly in NYC but chose instead to work at Camp Birtchmont, New Hampshire, as a summer counselor. She never regretted the decision, referring to it frequently as the best experience she had in her young adult life. She moved to Lake George and it was there she met her future husband, John Robert Henry.
Vivian taught English and Dramatics at Lake George Union School and Alexandria Bay High School. For twenty years, she was a substitute teacher in the Gloversville Public School System and was a Reading Clinician at Estee Middle School from 1971 until retirement in 1978. She was involved in various school committees and clubs, active in the Girl and Boy Scouts as well as PTA offices.
A member of the NY State Teacher's Association, St. Mary's Church in Gloversville and St. Cyril's Church in Alexandria Bay, Vivian also volunteered at EJ Noble Hospital and was affiliated with The Alexandria Bay Historical Society. Chairman for numerous house tours and cruises on the St. Lawrence, she was committed and acknowledged for her community service.
Vivian was united in marriage to John Robert Henry in Lake George, NY in 1943. They raised five children and celebrated 57 blessed years together with 22 years of retirement at their river home on the St. Lawrence and in Vero Beach, Florida. Her husband passed unexpectedly in May 2000.
In addition to his death, Vivian was predeceased by her siblings and a son, Robert Lewis Henry, in 1975. She leaves to treasure her memory four children and their families: Karen (Jon) Glover, Gloversville, NY, Bruce (Deborah) Henry, Upper Nyack, NY, Brian Henry, Johnstown, NY, and daughter-in-law, Helen, Gloversville, Katherine H. Licardo, Haddonfield, NJ and son-in-law, Daniel Leo Licardo, Maple Shade, NJ, daughter in law, Nancy Henry Thatcher and husband, Bob, Fairlee, VT, and their children, Kathryn (Michael) Stamison, Michael and Adam Thatcher. Devoted grandmother to Jonathan Glover, Joel (Alex) Glover, Julie (Rick) Frasier, Jessica (Nate) Blodgett, Courtney (Dan) Concannon, Christopher Henry, Marissa Licardo and boyfriend, Nick Prochorenko, Katriane Licardo and Daniel Licardo Jr. Loving great-grandmother to Colden and Brenda Glover, Bobby, Tommy and Anna Gates and Emma and Jackson Blodgett, niece, Cindy Conway Aviles and nephew, Buddy Conway.
In keeping with Vivian's wishes, there will be no viewing nor funeral mass. Burial will be private with immediate family only.
Contributions in her memory would be appreciated to The Robert L. Henry Memorial Fund, c/o Dino Koff at Dartmouth Medical School, Office of Financial Aid, 7021 Remsen, 305A Hanover, New Hampshire, 03755-3833.
Special thanks and gratitude goes to Samaritan Hospice Staff in Marlton, NJ, as well as private duty caregivers, Carmen Bosque and Patricia Jenkins.
Mom always did everything the right way. She will be remembered for her positive attitude and extraordinary ability to engage others. Out of a heritage of wisdom came a life of family devotion and genuine kindness. Our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend left the world more perfect than it was before. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her, and her legacy will be celebrated forever