Alvira Thelma Clarice Henderson, 99, of Story City and formerly of Ellsworth, died Feb. 4, 2019, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 8, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ellsworth. Burial followed in the Homewood Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church.


Alvira was born on May 21, 1919, in Kelley, to Martin and Clara (Queensland) Johnson. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Kelley and graduated from Kelley High School. Alvira married Willard Henderson on June 26, 1943, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Kelley. He died Oct. 17, 1998. Alvira was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ellsworth and lived most of her life in the Ellsworth and Story City area. She enjoyed baking, needle stitching and embroidery, but her family was her greatest joy.


Alvira is survived by her two daughters, Mary Jane Hodnefield and Jacquelyn Young both of Story City; a daughter-in-law, Kathryn Henderson of Ellsworth; seven grandchildren, Lisa, Craig, Angie, Pam, Rick, Brian and Laura; 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willard; a son, William; two brothers, Kermit Johnson and Mervin Johnson; and two sisters, Martha Gilbert and Charlotte Johnson.


In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Homewood Cemetery or Trinity Lutheran Church. Soderstrum Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.