Judith Mae (Satterfield) Henderson
Judith Mae (Satterfield) Henderson, 70, of Lawrence, died February 4, 2011 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of cancer.
She was born Sept. 29, 1940, in Dodge City, KS, the daughter of LeRoy and Daisy (Corey) Satterfield of Plains, KS. She grew up in Plains, the youngest of four children, and graduated from Plains High School in 1958.
She married Conrad Henderson, a student of German language whom she met in college at the University of Kansas, and they married in June 1961 on campus at Danforth Chapel. Judith graduated from KU in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in French. At KU, she had roles in numerous theater productions, most notably as Abigail in “The Crucible.”
Judy’s teaching career began at Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, KS, from 1962 to 1964, and then she took time off to have her first child and travel extensively in Europe while her husband was on a Fulbright Teaching Exchange in Germany. She resumed teaching French at Lawrence High School from 1970 until her retirement, in 2000.
After her retirement, Judy and Conrad continued to travel through France, Germany and the rest of Europe, especially with the “Table Ronde” study group from Marl, Germany, an adult education group led by a German friend and former French teacher at the Albert-Schweitzer Gymnasium there.
The couple did not neglect the United States, with travels to see their children and grandchildren on both sides of the continent, and spending time each summer at Judy’s brother and sister-in-law’s cabin in Colorado near Estes Park, with many glorious hikes along the stream that ran past the place her brother, an English professor, jokingly referred to as “Paradise Regained.”
She is survived by her husband of Lawrence; a daughter, Kristen Dakota and her husband, Keenan, of Louisa, VA; a son, Patrick and his wife, Jes Maharry, of Ojai, CA; two grandsons, Arlo Millich and Rowan Dakota; two granddaughters, Isabella (Zela) and Liv Henderson of Ojai; one brother, Leon Satterfield and his wife, Mary Ann of Lincoln, NE; a sister, Delores Jones of Lawrence; and many beloved nieces and nephews who will always have a special place in their hearts for Aunt Judy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Marilyn Buck.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date at the Lawrence Unitarian Fellowship.
The family suggests memorials to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care or to the KU Endowment Association for the Study Abroad Program and may be sent in care of the mortuary in Lawrence.
Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com.