Danny Kirwin Henry – Port Arthur News
Danny Kirwin Henry, 76, beloved mother, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and daughter, passed away peacefully at his Houston home on Tuesday, June 7, carried by his family and many friends in prayer and love.
Danny’s deep faith and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ brought him great serenity and joy knowing that God would wrap him in the love and peace of eternal life.
Danny was born on September 12, 1945 in Port Arthur, Texas to her beloved parents, John Anthony Kirwin and Cora Lee Dannenberg Kirwin. An only child, she forged privileged ties with friends, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Danny never met a stranger, which led to a busy social life from Bishop Byrne High School where she was a cheerleader, to her years at LSU in Baton Rouge, to belong to multiple bridge groups in multiple cities – always inclusive, always the perfect hostess until her dying day.
But Danny would tell you that his greatest achievement was giving birth to his precious baby girl, Gretchen. Danny cherished motherhood so much that she chose to become a teacher to ensure that she and Gretchen could enjoy every summer and vacation together. An only child raised by another only child and single parent, has undeniably proven to be the formula for the most extraordinary and unbreakable bond.
Since then, they have been devoted to each other. And as fate would have it, Danny discovered her true calling as a teacher, spending the next thirty-three years teaching, mentoring and shaping the lives of her students – even staying in touch with a few for a long time. after his retirement.
Fate visited Danny once again when she met her old acquaintance, Adam “Warren” Henry, Jr. Warren wasted no time in asking Danny out on their first date. Several years later, Danny finally said “yes” and married the love of his life in March 1988. We’re sure it was Warren’s dancing ability that sealed the deal.
They would love to dance together for another 32 years until his passing in 2020. They loved their life in Port Arthur, enjoying giving and serving others. Until one day, after years of encouragement and perhaps a very convincing PowerPoint presentation, Gretchen convinced Danny and Warren to pack up and move to Houston to be closer to family in 2009.
Much to their delight, Danny and Warren would also find another new home in their Christ the Redeemer family. Danny soon became involved in many ministries including Eucharistic Ministry of Holy Communion, Ministry to the Sick, Rosary Circle, Divine Mercy Cenacle, Rosemary Bible Study, Friends in Need and the Ladies Auxiliary, to name a few.
Her heart was so pure that it was easy for the community of the Catholic Church of Christ the Redeemer to put their arms around her and never let go. She always looked forward to celebrating holidays and special events while welcoming her loving family and friends into their home. Danny found particular joy in dancing and traveling with Warren, playing cards, loving his little dog, Norman, and had a fierce love for reading.
Danny truly gifted to all who knew her and leaves us her beautiful legacy. His delicious sense of humor present in every conversation was evident in his cheerful laughter. She was a trusting and faithful friend, loyal as only a true friend can provide support. Danny liked to talk about food, family, friends, faith and sometimes. . . Politics.
And that’s when the nodding and fidgeting began! But she would never let a difference of opinion affect your relationship. Danny was the epitome of “we’re just going to agree to disagree” – done. She was loving, caring, generous and gracious to others in all circumstances and happy to share her wisdom, advice, guidance or support whenever needed.
Danny’s greatest impact on all who knew her, however briefly, was her purity of heart, genuineness and sincere compassion, not to mention her deep and unwavering faith and trust in Our Merciful Lord, Jesus. -Christ.
Danny’s strong faith has made you, encouraged you and inspired you to be a better person, to be a more generous and forgiving heart, to grow and place your own faith and trust in Christ without question, to seek and read his word. One could not know Danny without feeling his total devotion to the Catholic Church, to God the Almighty.
But that said, Danny’s dearest blessing in his life on this earth was being a mom to his precious Gretchen. She dedicated her life to her child in every way possible for a mother. She would give up any personal luxuries to make sure her daughter had dance lessons, cheerleading uniforms, etc.
But the richest gifts Danny knew she could give Gretchen would begin by teaching her that a deeply rooted faith in the Catholic Church would sustain her through whatever this life might unfold over time.
Building on this strong foundation of faith, Danny modeled independent thinking, choosing good over evil, kindness, tolerance, acceptance, and most importantly, love. Danny loved nothing more than being a mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Danny is survived by his daughter, Gretchen E. Vaughan of Houston, TX; stepchildren: Adam W. Henry III (Shelley)-children, Allie, Jainie and Mallory-of Lafayette, LA; Darren K. Henry (Lara)-children, Noelle and Elise-from Austin, TX; Shawna Campbell (Cassidy)-child, Kya Howe (Clark)-child, Truett, Riley Taylor (Garrett), Avery, Cavanagh and Bethyn Campbell-from Katy, TX; Angelique Todar (Rainer)-children, Andrew, Eliana, Raina and Atalee-from Katy, TX; her little dog, Norman, and a host of wonderful, loving friends.
Visitation, Rosary and Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, June 16, 2022 at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, 11507 Huffmeister Road, Houston, TX 77065. Visitation will begin at 10:15 a.m., followed by the Rosary at 10:50 a.m. a m
The Christian funeral mass will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by a reception. The Commitment Rite will take place at 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 17, 2022, at Greenlawn Memorial Park; 3900 Twin City Highway, Groves, TX 77619.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude for the unparalleled loving and compassionate care and support provided to Danny over the past two months by the many doctors, nurses, PCPs at MDAnderson, those who provided food service and cleaned his room, the social workers, chaplains and the priest; Prof. Sean and Fr. David; his 24/7 caregivers (aka Danny’s Angels) – Fannie and Jasmine; and his steadfast friends (aka Team Danny) and family – who carried us all through this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Danny’s memory to Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Houston or St. James Catholic Church in Port Arthur.