VIROQUA/CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Bee Maree (Fredrickson) Henry, 95, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at the Chatham Ridge Assisted Living facility in Chapel Hill, North Carolina following a period of declining health. She was just worn out. The last year was especially difficult for her but, through it all, she maintained her sense of humor and had a smile for everyone.
Bee was born to Elma (Thurin) and Ellis Fredrickson Nov. 17, 1921. She grew up in Viroqua, where she graduated from Viroqua High School in 1939. Bee worked for the Vernon County Health Extension before moving to Chicago, with a group of friends to experience “life in the big city.” While there she worked for the American Medical Association. At the end of World War II, she returned to Viroqua and married Howard D. Henry June 25, 1948. Bee and Howard settled in Madison, Wis., where Howard took an administrative position with the University of Wisconsin. During their 10 years in Madison, their four children were born. In 1958, Howard accepted a position at the University of North Carolina and the family moved to Chapel Hill. When the kids got older, Bee enjoyed a second career in real estate, selling houses. She was a talented salesperson. Bee was an excellent cook and collected recipes. She liked making lefse on the bottom of a flipped over skillet before getting her own lefse griddle. She kept journals of special dinners and events in order to improve them from year to year. She was known for her precise baking methods and her desserts were amazing. She liked keeping up with events and read the newspaper every day (from back to front instead of from front to back). She was surrounded by magazines and catalogues. She was generous and donated to many agencies to help others. She loved her family and lived a long happy life.
Bee is survived by her daughter, Kaaren (Scott) Jewell of Chapel Hill; sons, Christopher of Madison, Steven (Leslie) and Michael (Cindy) Henry of Chapel Hill; sister, Judy Traastad Lien of St. John’s, Newfoundland; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, who died Aug. 28, 2000. She missed Howard dearly and her ashes were interred with his in the Viroqua Cemetery. There were no formal funeral services. Daughter, Kaaren, hosted a gathering of friends and family to remember Bee, March 5, 2017. “We miss you, Mom.”