You were our "Sunshine."
  • 82 years old
  • Born on February 27, 1937 in Winchester, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.
  • Passed away on March 9, 2019 in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica.

This memorial website was created by Rodger, Pauline, and Hillary in memory of our dear mother, Dr. Iris Ionie Henry, affectionately called "Sunshine." Born on February 27, 1937, she went to her rest on March 9, 2019 at the age of 82. We will remember her forever.

Dear family and friends:

Please feel free to leave a note of remembrance as we celebrate her life.

Funeral Service

  • Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019
  • Viewing: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. sharp
  • Place: Northern Caribbean University - The Gymnatorium
  • Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica W.I.
  • Interment - St. Elizabeth
  • Link for funeral service https://youtu.be/6BTH9c-OBP8

 

Posted by Jacqueline Pearce-Berry on July 4, 2019
My dad was Roy Pearce he called your mom Aunty he took me to visit her three times when I was very young and I remember her to be so warm and friendly a few year back when my brother Anthony returned to Jamaica he would visit her there in St Elizabeth and he would tell the stories of our family he woul hear from her I was lucky to visit her on one of my trips to Jamaica later and she shared stories and laughs with my husband and I. Sadly the last time I visited she had started forgetting things and us but I will always remember how sweet and kind she was. We loved her May her soul rest in paradise
Posted by Burton Williams on April 19, 2019
An absoulte Gem of a human being! If one can ascribe the title of Lady!! to any woman, sister Henry was the perfect recipient. She was every student's friend and an excellent english teacher. Sleep well friend. My sincere condolences to the surviving family.
Posted by Monica Roofe on April 16, 2019
I couldn't be more than 8 yrs old but I vividly recall when Pastor Basil Henry, his wife Iris, son Roger and their 2 daughters (can't recall the names) came to the Bellas Gate/Blue Hole circuit of churches in St Catherine during the late 1960's. They provided great leadership to the churches and were highly respected by all.
I encountered Mrs Henry again in the year 2000 when she preached at the Portmore SDA Church on Women's Ministry Day. I reminded her of the days at Blue Hole church of which we had fond memories. Again I was greatly impacted by this noble woman's calm and sobering demeanour.

My condolences to the family as you mourn her loss and celebrate the legacy she has left behind.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 15, 2019
From David Hutchinson & family:
Your mother was a wonderful Christian woman who exemplified righteous living. She was a blessing to many. May God bless your family as we await the imminent return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 12, 2019
From Christopher Pennerman:
Hillary, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your dear mom. She was someone whom I always respected and always enjoyed having as a lecturer. She will forever be remembered. Give my regards to Rodger, and Pauline.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 11, 2019
From Mary Levy Kirlew Langley:
Condolences to my cousins. Aunt Sunny you will be surely missed.
Pauline, Rodger and Hillary, stay strong for each other. May God bless you. Take comfort in all the memories and the knowledge that you will see her again in the earth made new. Love you all.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 11, 2019
From Marlene Findlay Campbell:
Please accept sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. I have fond memories of your her teaching me in high school and college. May you take pleasure in knowing that she touched many lives in a positive way.
May her soul RIP.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 11, 2019
Joseph Hutchinson & family:
Rodger, Pauline and Hillary, we understand your loss and celebrate with you true love. You and your parents will always be a part of our family.
Praying for God's miracles and anointing throughout this season to the day of immortal reunions.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 11, 2019
From Jerome Higgins:
Your mother was a wonderful lady. I met her several years ago at NCU.
May her soul rest in peace.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 11, 2019
From Rolston Amos:
Rodger, I'm very sad to hear of the passing of your mom. She was my principal at Willowdene Prep School. She was such a nice person and principal. My sincere condolences to you and the rest of the family.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 11, 2019
From Dolphy Cross & family:
Please accept our sincere condolences in this time of loss. Bless be the ties that bind our hearts in Christian love. We will keep the entire family in our prayers.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 11, 2019
From Stephanie Demetrius & family:
Our condolences are extended to the entire family. I had the wonderful pleasure of not only knowing Mrs. Henry but co-laboring with her at Willowdene High School. I deeply cherish those days. One of my greatest accomplishments was having Rodger, Pauline, and Hillary as my students.
I love you all and will cherish the memories.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Patricia Williams:
My Auntie and godmother—we shall meet on that beautiful shore.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Joy & Hugh Maynard-Reid:
We mourn the loss of this “saint” of God. May you, the children, be comforted with the knowledge that your mom was an angel with skin and bones. She blessed many, and her positive impact is being felt world wide. We are confident that she is resting in peace and her resting place will be marked by angels. She will hear the trumph of God and will come forth in the first resurrection. Thank God for the blessed hope. So mourn with the assurance that it won't be long when you will see your loved one again.
May God grant you the strength and courage needed at this time of great loss. Accept our deep and sincere condolences. Dear children, be faithful - "The golden morning is fast approaching, Jesus soon will come" - get ready and stay ready.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Vanessa Miller:
Mrs. Henry was indeed a ray of sunshine! We mourn with you Hillary and the rest of your family and look forward to a great reunion when Christ returns.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Janet & Milton Fletcher:
Sincere condolences to the Henry family during this time of bereavement. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Olive Hemmings & family:
The best is yet to come. That smile will shine far more brilliantly than anyone can now imagine.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Lorraine Davidson:
She was such a lovely woman indeed!! Please accept my condolences. Thanking God for this blessed hope.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Dudley Mullings:
My deepest sympathy and prayers to you Hillary and your family. Be of good courage and be comforted in the promises of the Lord.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Joan Rogers & family:
My deepest condolences to Pauline, Roger, and Hillary. Your Mom was truly amazing and a very kind christian woman. The world has lost a great one.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Jennifer Brown:
Beautiful mom, with a sweet spirit. She rests with the assurance of the first resurrection!
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Byron Dann:
Hillary, my sincere condolences my friend, she was my teacher and my friend. May her soul rest in peace.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Pauline Forbes:
My condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Silas McKinney & family:
My heart goes out to you, Hillary and family. Only those who have gone through it can truly sympathize. Be strong—you will see her again.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Wain Bennett:
So sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Henry. She was one of my mothers. Heartfelt condolences.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Marcia Chambers & family:
Sincere condolences to my beloved cousins.
Rest In Peace Aunt Sunny.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Sandee Barker Dunbar:
Hillary, so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I have fond memories of a kind, gentle and sweet woman. You were blessed to have had such a wonderful Mom.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Pamella Johnson:
My condolences to you Hillary and your family. God already has her name in that Book of Life. RIP Mrs. Henry
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From John Wesley & family:
My deepest sympathies go out to you Hillary and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Colin & Patricia Stewart:
I have very fond memories of my time in Jamaica and a warm glow when I remember my conversations with Sis Henry. Rest in peace Praying for the family.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Horatio Williams:
Our lives are richer by and from being a part of hers. Sleep on until that day Aunt Iris.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Lee Campbell:
So sorry to hear about your loss, Hillary. My prayers are with you and the rest of your family.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Annick & Barry Brennen:
What a dear lady! She was kind, giving, friendly, open, forgiving, etc.  We loved her.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Dilworth Daley:
Your mother will be missed. She was a kind and gentle lady. Praying for you all.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Martin Hanna & family:
Hillary, we are praying for you and your family as you grieve for your beloved mother. Tears are a language that God understands.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Audley Allen:
I am so sorry to hear of the sad news of the passing of Mrs. Henry. Aunt Iris taught me in my second year in College. She was a great teacher and a blessed soul. We will meet her again in the earth made new.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Orville Anderson:
God’s richest blessings be upon you and your family. We have all been enriched by coming in contact with her. My deepest condolences.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Hilbert Giscombe & family:
Please accept our deepest condolences. May God bear you up as you deal with this loss. The everlasting arms of God is always there to support you.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Violet & Pedrito Maynard-Reid:
So sorry for the loss of your dear mom. Praying for the family as you grieve her loss.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Virgil and Enette Sams:
We mourn with you because of the death of your dear mom, a courageous Christian and friend to many. Like you, her beloved family, we also take comfort in the confident hope of her resurrection to eternal life through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Courtney Pennicooke:
Deepest condolences to you and the family Hillary. She was always one of my favorite faculty members. A truly wonderful human being has left us.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Mark Grey:
My sincerest condolences to you and your family Hillary. She was a true stalwart and as a boy growing up my first example of a STRONG INDEPENDENT WOMAN raising a loving and intelligent family on her own.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Pat and Ronnie Henry:
Sincere condolences to the family. She was a wonderful neighbour and colleague, but best of all, she was our friend. May God bring comfort to your hearts as together we wait for the golden morning.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Eric Clarke & family:
Please receive our sympathies.
Mrs. Henry was not only my teacher, like so many other students, but she was a mother and a professional in her departmental responsibilities.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
From Arlene Powell:
Sincere condolences to my two sisters and brother re my adopted mother. Memories of SPANISH TOWN. RIP Aunt Iris.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on April 9, 2019
A tribute To The Memory Of Dr Iris Henry
From: Dr Jackie Hope HoShingClarke
Chair: Teacher Education Department
Northern Caribbean University
Mandeville, Manchester
Jamaica
My journey with Dr Iris Henry was a very interesting one with varying levels. This expedition began with a student-teacher relationship; Dr Henry was my teacher. During this time, I was an English Major in the mid-1980s and I took a number of English-related classes with Dr Henry as I pursued my first degree at West Indies College (WIC), now Northern Caribbean University (NCU).
Dr Henry’s classes went far beyond the written curriculum to the teaching of life lessons. My classes with her were very small, sometimes I was the only student enrolled. During those years, I was a young mother with two very young children and I lived far away from WIC. This created challenges for my academic activities but I found Dr Henry to be an extremely caring, considerate, compassionate and understanding teacher. She was more concerned about my well-being and that of my family’s, than for me meeting class-related deadlines.
Reflecting on her practice, I have to admit, that because she modeled, practiced and demonstrated essential positive teacher behaviours, I became a recipient of her influence. I owe a significant percentage of who I am today and what I do in my current practice as an education administrator, to the excellent examples she has established for me.
On the second part of our journey, we blossomed into friendship. I was now upgraded from student status and became her friend. We were now positioned for far more deeper and intimate conversations. She spoke lovingly of her husband and frequently mourned his passing and together we shed tears. Dr Henry was very proud of her children’s accomplishments and conversed about them as a satisfied parent.
The next phase on this exciting voyage, evolved when we became classmates. We both pursued the PhD degree and found ourselves grappling rigorously and intensely in study group activities, as we battled graduate studies. We learnt a lot from each other and spent quality time travelling with other group members to the NCU Kingston Campus. I had intense fun travelling and studying with then PhD candidates like: Dr Carol Fider, Dr Sandra Gayle and Dr Iris Henry. Though these ladies were all my seniors, I was very comfortable with them and learnt a lot from them.
Our journey finally led me to become her long awaited neighbour. In the Summer of 2013, I built a house and moved next to her. I had now become her closest neighbor. She was overjoyed at my arrival that she cried. Unfortunately, about a year later, Dr Henry’s health worsened to the extent, that she no longer could remember me. This was a very devastating blow for me and I was unable to relate to this change. I was negatively affected that I retreated into isolation for a while. It broke my heart to see her in that state.
My revival and return from that gloomy condition, found me in ministry to her, in my capacity as church elder. This final segment of our journey was rich and Spirit filled. I was now energized to lead church visitation worship activities in her home and I was also privileged to serve to her, the Lord’s Supper. In spite of her memory loss, she still retained aspects of the Word of God because she often joined us in repeating Bible promises and in the singing of hymns. This was heartwarming for those of us who were present.
To say that I miss Dr Henry is an understatement. However, I am comforted by the promise of our Lord’s soon return. I expect to meet her again, in that land, where there’s no parting and where we will never grow old.
My sincere condolences to her children: Roger, Pauline, and Hillary and also, to other relatives and friends.
God bless you all as we await the soon return of Jesus.
Posted by Ray Allen on April 7, 2019
It's so sad to hear of Mrs Henry's death. I have fond memories of her back in Spanish Town and later she became my English professor at WIC. She was to me a special person. She will be remembered for a long time. To the children, remember the precious times with your mom. She was such a nice person.
Posted by Isaac Lewin on April 7, 2019
Dr. Iris Henry (Aunt I, as I affectionately called her) was one of the great hearts that beat in Jamaica for 82 years. She was great for several reasons: She was genuine, humble, joyful, loving, and kind. She was an embodiment of all the Christian virtues that make for an all-rounded mature servant of Jesus Christ. In summary, she was the epitome of excellence with an unimpeachable character.
I am thankful to have been one of her students in English and Literature classes at West Indies College, now Northern Caribbean University.
On behalf of my wife Carolyn (nee Dennis) and my twin brother Samuel, I express deepest sympathy and condolences to her children, especially Hillary. May God grant you staying power during this time of grief and irreparable loss.
Posted by Trudy Holmes-Caines on April 7, 2019
My teacher and mentor and supporter. Iris Henry always expected the best from me and encouraged me. She was always positive, always smiling, always humble, always generous. Roger, Pauline and Hillary, I pray that you will be comforted in your grief and we all look forward to the resurrection. What a joyful day that will be.
Posted by Ingie HoShing on April 7, 2019
Dr. Iris Henry was my teacher at West Indies College, now Northen Caribbean University, when I attended during 1980-1983. She was a lovely, warm and pleasant individual who treated her students with respect and was very patient as she taught her classes. I am a better person for having sat at her feet. She was indeed "Sunshine" as she was affectionately called. Approximately six years ago, my sister, Jackie, became her neighbor and I had the pleasure of seeing and greeting Dr, Henry whenever I visited my sister in Mandeville. My deepest condolences to her children, Roger, Pauline and Hillary and all the other members of her family. May you find solace as you continue to look forward to That Blessed Hope and the Glorious Appearing of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus.
Kind regards Ingie C. HoShing

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