EAST LIVERPOOL - Virginia Pearl McHenry, 80, formerly of Thompson Avenue in East Liverpool, passed away peacefully, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at East Liverpool City Hospital, surrounded by her family.
She was born in Jefferson City, Mo., on Feb. 11, 1933, a daughter to the late James E. & L. Ethel (Winters) Johnson. She attended East Liverpool High School and was later adopted by the Class of 1952. In 1945, at the age of 12, Pearl began washing dishes for the Hoges. After 24 years of experiencing all aspects of the business, she became the proud owner of Hoges Restaurant. For over 40 years, she loved every thing about running the restaurant, but most of all the lifelong friendships she enjoyed with so many customers and employees. She was Presbyterian by faith and had been a member of the Quota Club, the Business and Professional Woman's Club, and the Hoges Ladies Golf League. Playing cards was always a passion of Pearl's including some creative ways of winning.
As wonderful of a mother that she was, nothing compared to the pride she took in her grandchildren and the love she had for them.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Don McHenry, whom she married June 19, 1950; a daughter, Deborah McHenry; a daughter-in-law, Dorothy McHenry; three brothers, Bill Johnson, Floyd Johnson and James "Junior" Johnson; and a brother-in-law Dave Cashdollar.
She is survived by a son, Bill McHenry of East Liverpool; four daughters, Cindy Kreefer and her husband Mike of East Liverpool, Cathy Dray of East Liverpool, Tammy Layfield and her husband Chris of New Waterford and Pam McHenry of Wellsville; a sister Mary Cashdollar of Lawrenceville, W.Va.; grandchildren, Michael, David and Stephen McHenry; Kristen, Justin and Brian Kreefer; Jessica and Courtney Dray; Christopher McHenry and Nicole Layfield; Tyler and Timothy Thrasher; and great-grandchildren, Kylie, Karah and Kendall Kreefer; Mason and Sydney McHenry and Ava Layfield.
Services will be held at the Calcutta Chapel of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Tanta Luckhart-Hendricks of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church officiating.
Burial will follow at Columbiana County Memorial Park.
Family will be present to receive friends at the Calcutta Chapel Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, from 2-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes for memorial contributions be made to the Salvation Army. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to all the staff at Cross Roads and her friend Connie for 14 months of fun loving care and East Liverpool City Hospital for the wonderful care that was shown to Pearl over the years.
Family and friends may view this obituary, send condolences or sign the guest book online at www.altmeyer.com