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Imogene Rachel Saunders Henry

Imogene Rachel Saunders Henry, 93, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Franklin. She was a lifelong Johnson County resident.

Rachel was born March 24, 1920, in Nineveh Township in Johnson County to Arland Saunders and Imogene Stewart Saunders Starr.

She married Hermann R. Henry on Sept. 28, 1940. He preceded her in death Oct. 9, 2009.

Survivors include her children, Pamela Henry (Don) Sanders of Franklin, Diane Henry (Rich) Ratliff of Cedar Edge, Colo., and David (Harriet) Henry of Franklin; five grandchildren, Kurt (Tammy) Stucker of Franklin, Alisa Angelsky of Greenwood, Russ (Kate) Henry of Park City, Utah, Angela (Steve) Schoolcraft of Bargersville and Josh (Jill) Burrell of Windsor, Colo.; and eight great-grandchildren, Kyle Stucker, Kevin Stucker, Nikolas Angelsky, Emma Angelsky, Cameron Schoolcraft, Isabella Schoolcraft, Jack Henry and Eliza Henry.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, James Stewart Saunders; and a sister, Marcia Saunders Campbell.

Rachel attended Nineveh and Franklin high schools and graduated from Franklin High School in 1938. She attended Franklin College and Purdue University and was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

She was a member of Community Congregational Church and held several offices in the church. She also taught Sunday school for 35 years.

Rachel was a homemaker and active in many community organizations, including Daughters of the American Revolution, Johnson County Homemakers, Psi Iota Xi, Franklin Jayshees, the American Red Cross board, the Gateway board of directors, the Johnson County Mental Health board and United Way board. She also was a member of Franklin P.E.O., Johnson County Historical Society, Community Congregational Church Women’s Fellowship, Indiana State Assembly Women’s Club, Indiana Mayflower Society and Johnson County Democrat Women. She served on the consolidation committee for the Clark-Whiteland school district in 1958 and 1959.

Rachel was the Johnson County Museum of History curator from 1972 to 1986 and Johnson County historian from 1981 to 1986. She organized the Johnson County Historical Home Tour to fund the Johnson County museum.

Rachel was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash, Franklin Kiwanis Club Rural Life Award, Franklin College Matrix Award, Mental Health Award and Kentucky Colonel in 1977 for recognition of her work as curator of the Johnson County Museum of History.

Rachel wrote children’s stories for the Greenwood News in the 1940s. She published the “Mullendore Genealogy” and “The Bicentennial in Johnson County 1977.” She created and published the “Nostalgia News” for the Johnson County Museum of History twice a year from 1974 to 1991 and taught genealogy classes. Rachel, along with Judy Vaught, published the “Johnson County Bicentennial Cookbook” and collaborated with Dr. I. George Blake to publish “Early Johnson County Pioneers” and the “Nostalgia News Volume 1” (2001).

She enjoyed traveling and helping others.

Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Pastor Dan McLaughlin will conduct a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 S. Morton St. (U.S. 31 South) in Franklin. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the mortuary. There will be a private burial.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 4592 Hurricane Road, Franklin, IN 46131.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

Information: 738-0202

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