Lillian Henry – A Lifelong Neighbor
Funeral Services will take place on Saturday at 11 AM at Church of the Nazarene in rural Backus and burial will follow at Bethlehem Cemetery in Backus.
As Henry Street Settlement House director, Lillian Wald was an advocate of practical idealism who worked to bring healthcare services to New York’s Lower East Side. Additionally, she supported working women and children. Furthermore, she held strong convictions regarding peacemaking.
Early Life and Education
Lillian Wald was raised in a wealthy family, yet her mother instilled in her the importance of showing kindness towards those less fortunate. Lillian believed in creating a more connected humanity through various charitable organizations and events she founded or participated in.
Wald was both an idealist and tireless reformer. She helped bring healthcare services to the Lower East Side, established America’s first nursing school, and championed working women and children’s rights while running Henry Street Settlement.
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Lillian dedicated her life to family and community service. She was an active participant at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Beloit where she served as both volunteer and singer in its choir. Lillian loved sewing quilts for her children, grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews – some of which she later sold at Express Buttons.
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Achievement and Honors
Lillian Henry was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who put the needs of her family first. She always extended a warm welcome to all who entered her home.
She received numerous honors and awards, such as the Babette Trader Prize for Campus Citizenship and Leadership, O.M. Allen Prize for best essay written in English and Alliance Francaise Prize for excellence in French.
She was an experienced senior litigation associate, with extensive trial preparation and deposition experience in complex business matters relating to copyright infringement, entertainment disputes and trusts and estates litigation. She was admitted to practice before all three Districts in California plus the Federal Circuit as well as being part of American Association for Women Lawyers and Beverly Hills Bar Association membership.
Lillian Henry was an attentive wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister who put the needs of her family first. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and quilting – and making all who entered her home feel welcome and appreciated.
Wald was introduced to reform work by an experience during one of her nursing classes when a sick woman led her into an impoverished tenement house. Wald later founded and directed Henry Street Settlement for forty years, championing public health nursing, housing reform, suffrage, world peace, women, children, immigrants and working people as rights.
Clayton Boyd Henry predeceased her as well as both parents – David LaMoyne and Lillian Augusta (Kouus) Threewit – siblings, as well as children Nancy Woxland of Altura and Robert Henry of Stewartville; also Larry D. and Derrick Henry from Chino Valley; Cherri Henry from Vass; Genea Mathews from Chico Valley and sixteen great-grandchildren are survivors.
She belonged to Wooden Spoon, Nebraska State Music Teachers’ Association, Pi Kappa Lambda and Delta Omicron societies; as well as participating in civic groups including Lincoln Symphony Guild, Altrusa and Lotus Club. Furthermore, she wrote the history of University School of Music which also made a mark.
Henry doesn’t reveal her exact earnings, but she certainly has a substantial bank account. She earned millions through TV and movie projects such as Emily in Paris which was watched by over 85 million viewers on Netflix alone. Additionally, Henry works in fashion modeling; she’s done runway shows as well as modeling magazines; she even participated in Paris Fashion Week 2019 before appearing on YouTube family reality TV show Hangin’ with Los Henrys!