Avis Blue Henderson, age 97, of Corona, California passed peacefully at her home June 19, 2020. Avis was born on November 16, 1922 in Kansas City, Missouri . Avis graduated North Kansas City High School and Spaulding Business College. In high school Avis performed in the band where she played the clarinet and advanced to “first Chair”. Later she worked as a fashion model for some of Kansas City’s finest retailers, including “Harzfeld’s” and “Emery, Bird, Thayer”.
Avis enlisted in the Navy (WAVES) during WWII. After the war, she continued to work for the Department of Defense as an Executive Secretary for over 30 years. In 1945 Avis married her husband of 54 years, Bill Henderson. Avis and Bill lived in various parts of the country due to Bill’s military career. In the mid 1950’s Bill and Avis moved to Tustin, California when Bill became permanently stationed at MCAS-Santa Ana. They resided in Tustin and Irvine until his retirement form the Marine Corps. In 1975, Avis and Bill moved to Corona where they continued to live until their passing's. Upon her retirement from Civil Service, Avis served as a volunteer docent for more that 25 years at the Heritage House and Riverside Metropolitan Museum. In addition to her career and community volunteerism, Avis enjoyed her hobbies which included painting, music, miniature and antique collecting, attending concerts and musical theater events. She loved going to museums, reading and playing bridge. Avis also loved to cook and entertain with family and friends, especially during the holidays.
Avis is preceded in death by her husband Bill Henderson (MGySgt _ USMC Ret); daughter, Jennifer Logan; parents William and Blanch Blue; sister, Shirley Reynolds; granddaughter Melissa Thorn.
Avis is survived by her daughter, Leslie (Art) of Riverside; sons, William “Woody” (Carol) of San Clemente, and John of Corona; 7 grandchildren, Angela, Roscoe, Kelly, Amy, Andrew, Maggie, and Michelle; 16 great-grandchildren.
Private family services will be held on July 17, 2020 at Akes Family Funeral Home, Riverside with Graveside services immediately following at Riverside National Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Akes Family Funeral Home, Riverside, California.
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