Violet Kay Henrich, 79, went to be with her heavenly father on May 6, 2022, after a long fight with cancer, just one day shy of her 80th birthday.
She was born in Galesburg, Illinois on May 7, 1942, to Floyd and Mary Johnson. They later moved to Ohio for a brief period before they moved back to Illinois when her father bought a gas station.
In 1961 she and her sister moved to Southern California to see what the world was like outside the small town she grew up in. After moving to California, she went back to Ohio for a short visit to catch up with her aunt. While visiting it was realized 1 more player was needed for the game of bridge they were going to play. Brent, one of the neighbors’ sons was not doing anything so they coaxed him into being the final player. She and Brent hit it off and started dating long distance when she went back to California. Shortly after starting to date, Brent decided to enlist in the Navy and was sent to boot camp in California just a mere 30 minutes from where she lived.
In 1962 after finding out Brent was being stationed in Hawaii, he asked for her hand in marriage. After only a 6-month engagement they were married on September 8,1962 in Rendondo Beach, California. On May 29, 1963, her son, Todd Richard Henrich was born. Just 2 years later, her daughter, Anastasia Lynn Henrich (now Hudson) was born. After 4 years of service, Brent was discharged from the Navy and they could now settle down as a family in Van Nuys, California. In 1970 Brent started to climb the corporate ladder, which allowed them to live in several different states/countries, which included Minnesota, New Hampshire, California, and Brussels, Belgium.
In 1982 they planted their roots in Mansfield, Texas where she became a member of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Walnut Creek Country Club Ladies Golf Association, and a volunteer at Mansfield Methodist Hospital.
In December 2020 Kay and Brent moved to Lucas, Texas and lived with their daughter and her husband through their final days. Kay passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones.
She is survived by her daughter Anastasia Hudson and husband Sidney; son Todd Henrich and wife Barbara; grandchildren Whitney Daniel and husband Jacob, Emily Hudson, Alexander Henrich, Donovan Henrich, and Aaron Henrich; great-granddaughter Avery Daniel, and expecting one more great-granddaughter Isabella Kay Padilla, who will carry on her name. She is preceded in death by her husband Brent Henrich, mother and father Floyd and Mary Johnson, sister Donna Baker, and many other loved ones.
Service will be held at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery on May24, 2022 at 1:00pm.