ForeverMissed

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 Hillary Ascalon on March 9, 2020
Mom, one year ago you laid down the burdens of this life. You lived a good life and set a great example for me. Will love and miss you always.
Hillary
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on February 28, 2020
Missing you on your 83rd birthday. Today is full of memories, happiness and tears, of birthday celebrations we've shared throughout the years. And though I'll always miss you the endless joy you brought warms my heart with gratitude and fill my every thought.                            Rodger & Lorraine.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on February 28, 2020
Mom, I thought of you today as it would have been your 83rd birthday (2/27). The truth is, I think about you everyday. You’ll always have a special place in our hearts.
Hillary, Andre, Anecia & Adrian
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on February 27, 2020
Remembering you today on your birthday. You would have been 83 years old. You enjoyed celebrating your birthday.
Always in our thoughts,

Pauline, Hansel, Chantel and Conrad


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.
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Posted by Hillary Ascalon on March 9, 2020
Mom, one year ago you laid down the burdens of this life. You lived a good life and set a great example for me. Will love and miss you always.
Hillary
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on February 28, 2020
Missing you on your 83rd birthday. Today is full of memories, happiness and tears, of birthday celebrations we've shared throughout the years. And though I'll always miss you the endless joy you brought warms my heart with gratitude and fill my every thought.                            Rodger & Lorraine.
Posted by Hillary Ascalon on February 28, 2020
Mom, I thought of you today as it would have been your 83rd birthday (2/27). The truth is, I think about you everyday. You’ll always have a special place in our hearts.
Hillary, Andre, Anecia & Adrian
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Life Sketch of Iris

Iris Ionie “Sunshine” Henry, fourth child of Septimus Clarke and Charlotte Levy, was born on February 27, 1937 in the peaceful and picturesque countryside of Winchester, St. Elizabeth. As if to announce her birth, rays of honey-gold sunlight burst through the window setting the room all aglow. At that very moment, her oldest sister walked in, and upon seeing the sun rays on her declared proudly, “She is a sunshine baby!” From that day forward, Iris was affectionately called “Sunshine”—a name befitting her winsome personality.

Iris grew up in a close-knit household with her mother and five sisters: Hortense (Sister Etta), Enid, Hyacinth (Vivie), Grethel, and Josephine (Joan). Throughout their childhood, they shared a deep affection for each other. This bond grew stronger as they became older and remained throughout their adult years.

From an early age, Iris displayed a thirst for learning. By the time she started attending Barbary Hall Elementary School, at age seven, she was well ahead of her class. By age fourteen, she passed the Third Jamaica Local Examination and subsequently won a full scholarship to Black River High School. In 1953, her senior year, she sat the Cambridge School Certificate Examination along with nine other students. When the results were published, the name Iris Clarke was the sole one that appeared in the Daily Gleaner. Being too young for employment, she was sent to Kingston where she attended the Eastern Academy Commercial School. The knowledge and skills she gained there enabled her to secure her first job at seventeen-years-old working for the Black River Parish Council. 

Around this time a young, dashing pastor by the name of Basil Lee Henry was pastoring in the Black River district. As soon as he met Iris, he knew that he wanted her to be his lifelong partner. Their friendship quickly blossomed into love and after a brief courtship they were married on November 27, 1955 at the Williamsfield Seventh-day Adventist Church. From this lovely union, four children were born: Rodger, Pauline, Hillary, and Karen.

Iris was a model pastor’s wife. She blessed her husband’s ministry immensely by playing the organ, singing for services, teaching the Children’s Sabbath School and, where possible, forming a church choir. They ministered in several districts including Lacovia, St. Elizabeth (where they were instrumental in establishing that church), Claremont, St. Ann and eventually Spanish Town, St. Catherine.

While raising three children, Iris aspired to further her education and felt a calling towards teaching. She matriculated in the Teacher Education Program at West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University), graduating with a Diploma in Primary Education and earning the Joint Board of Teacher Education Certificate in 1967. During this time her husband served as an officer of the Central Jamaica Conference and Iris taught at Willowdene High School. Displaying a strong interest in the success of her students, the Central Jamaica Conference recognized her as a suitable candidate for principal and appointed her to the position within a few years. Under her leadership, the school flourished—enrollment increased significantly, passes in both the Jamaica School Certificate and General Certificate Examinations improved and morale was high.

As an educator, Iris knew the importance of higher education, so she matriculated at the University of the West Indies and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and General Studies in 1976. However, two weeks before her final exams, she suffered a heartbreaking loss, when her husband passed away suddenly. Despite this terrible blow, Iris persevered knowing God would take care of her and her children.

In the summer of that year, Iris relocated her family to Mandeville where she joined the faculty of West Indies College. For the first few years, she taught Freshman Composition, Survey of English Literature, and West Indian History. Under her tutelage, students had an awakening, as she breathed new life into these courses. Shakespeare’s plays and the poetic works of many literary greats that they once considered dull and uninteresting suddenly became fascinating and worthy of learning.

Sensing the need to upgrade her qualifications, Iris went back to her alma mater, the University of the West Indies, and graduated with a Master’s degree in English in 1988. Upon her return to the college, she was appointed Head of the English Department. Determined to make a difference and expand the courses offered by the Department, she added Communications as part of the curriculum and gained approval for the Associate degree program in English. She also revived the English as a Second Language Program (ESL) and reestablished the Literary and Debating Clubs. Before long, she was promoted to Chairperson of the Division of Humanities.

Iris was much more than a professor to her students. Blessed with a natural aptitude to nurture and mentor, she became a ‘mother figure’ to many. She sparked curiosity, ignited passion, and fueled dreams in many of her students. As some struggled, she molded wings of confidence in them to inspire flight. Throughout her teaching career, she turned many ‘I can’t’ into ‘I did.’ The love she had for her students was unparalleled—a quality that made her a great teacher. In appreciation for her unwavering support for the student body, the United Student Movement dedicated the college’s school yearbook, the Palm Leaves, to her in 1988. 

In 1993 Iris was called to serve in a different sector of the Adventist Church organization. She was appointed as the first female Director of Education for the West Indies Union Conference (now Jamaica Union Conference).  She later served as the Director of Women and Children’s Ministries. Understanding how critical both ministries were to the sustenance of the church, she worked diligently to promote them throughout the Union.

After giving 45 years of dedicated service to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Iris retired in December of 2005. As a faithful worker for God and His church, she greatly influenced many lives throughout her career.

In 2010 Iris suffered another terrible loss when her youngest child, Karen, passed away. Through it all, she kept her faith in God who was able to sustain her through this very difficult time. However, in the midst of sadness God gave her something to rejoice about as she received her Doctorate in Education degree later that year.

Throughout her lifetime, Iris wore many hats—pastor’s wife, church organist, administrator, college professor, entrepreneur, counselor, mentor, to name a few. During her tenure at West Indies College, she served as Interim Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Church Elder, Sabbath School sponsor, Hospitality and Usher Coordinator. She was also involved in community work and was a member of these organizations: Jamaica Women’s Federation, United Nations Association, Jamaica Festival Committee and Housewives Association. For her dedicated contribution to these institutions, she received numerous awards and citations. Iris was never reluctant to serve or take on added responsibilities—no matter how challenging.  
Iris loved life and lived it to the fullest. Apart from her academic achievements, one of the things that gave her great satisfaction was music. On many evenings she would sit at her piano and play while singing her favorite hymns. For many years, she was a member of the Mandeville Chorale (formerly Tuesday Singers). Traveling, her other favorite pastime, was something she enjoyed immensely. Whether for work or pleasure, Iris visited many cities and countries of the world including the United States, France, Spain, London, Mexico, the Bahamas, Bermuda, to name a few. No matter where Iris traveled, she left an indelible mark on those she met. 

Spending time with her children, grandchildren, and friends was one of the things Iris treasured the most. Her home was often the venue for many get-togethers for family, students, and faculty from the college. She radiated love and had enough to go around. Everyone loved her too and enjoyed being in her presence. Road trips with Iris were full of fun and laughter. You could rest assured that there would be a jerk-chicken or fried fish stop somewhere along the trip back home. These experiences have created wonderful memories that will remain forever with all those who knew her. 

In recent years, Iris’ health began to decline after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. However, it did not take away her pleasant spirit. In January of this year, her medical condition worsened and on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the age of 82, she passed away at the Hargreaves Memorial Hospital.

The Scripture verse 2 Timothy 4:7 sums up her life beautifully—“I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.” We know that Iris is only resting for a while and we are confident that she will rise again in the first resurrection to meet her Lord and Saviour.

Iris leaves to cherish her wonderful memory her three surviving children: Rodger Henry (Lorraine) of Florida, Pauline Fletcher (Hansel) of California, and Hillary Ascalon (Andre) of New Jersey; grandchildren: Chantel, Conrad, Anecia, Adrian, and Dimitri; surviving siblings: Hyacinth Lynch and Josephine Miller; cousins, nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

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Shared by Laurna Wint on March 26, 2019

May God give peace abd comfort to the family at this time .My deepest condolences 

May her soul rest in peace