Loretta Colligan Henry

October 12, 1942 ~ August 18, 2018

Loretta Colligan Henry, age 75, peacefully joined her husband in eternal rest on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at her home in Sulphur surrounded by her family. She was comforted every day with the belief in a prayer that she would be reunited with our Dad “once” her work here was done”. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her life began in 1942 in Hackberry as the daughter of Ernestine Roux and Joseph Leland Colligan. She lived most of her life in Sulphur with her husband of 56 years, Robert F. Henry. Her career as a registered nurse began after graduating from McNeese State University in 1964 and continued after obtaining a Master of Science degree in 1988 from Texas Women’s University. She retired in 2007 after 43 years in healthcare with the last 19 years as an assistant professor of Nursing at McNeese. She was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and Delta Zeta Sorority. Her greatest joy was the love and care that she gave to her family and friends, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed crafting, floral arranging, and cooking.

Loretta is survived by her five children, Karen Rutter and husband Chung of Dallas, TX, Robert Leland Henry and wife Mary of Sulphur, Melanie Pinder and husband Mike of Lake Charles, Jeremy Henry and wife Lisa of Sulphur, and Ginger Simon and husband John of Sulphur; her grandchildren, Jordan and James, Derek, Daniel, and Christopher, Emily and Mike III, Madison, Victoria, and Gracie, and Ashton, Gavin, Jesse, Tristan, and Tanner; brother, John Liebert Colligan, M.D. and wife Rosalie; and sister, Lela James. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one grandchild, Joshua Henry; 2 brothers, and 2 sisters..

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 2 P.M. at Johnson and Robison Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11 A.M. until time of the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to M D Anderson Cancer Center or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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  1. I taught with Loretta for the 19 years she was at McNeese… and loved her as well. Rest in your husband's arms, dear friend.

  2. What an honor to have worked with such a dedicated person in the College of Nursing. She was always student oriented and her students respected her for that effort. Loretta worked with several faculty in the area of mental health. They were a close group and seemed to have so much fun in the middle of chaos. Thank you Loretta for being such a gracious person. I know that your family will miss you but I am quite sure that you are enjoying Roberts company. For your family, enjoy all of the loving memories.

  3. My friend, Ive missed you for ages and now will not see you again in this world, yet I recall with gratitute our time together at McNeese and know that Robert has been waiting for you to join him. My condolences to your family & friends. RIP Loretta & Robert Henry.

  4. What a wonderful sister I had all my life. Loretta was always so good to me. But, then, she was good and thoughtful to everyone. She was an example of courage during these 8 years of her illness. MY thoughts are with you, her children and grandchildren at this difficult time. And also to all the other family members and friends who loved her. I want to apologise to all of you for not being there when she passed and freezing up on the phone the 2nd time I talked to her. I couldn't think until I got off the phone. And I'm sorry I cannot attend the service, nor the last two services. Numerous health problems make traveling difficult for me. I love all of you and all you great nieces and nephews that I have seldom seen, including the families of my other siblings. I know Loretta and Robert and Freddie will be watching over you.

  5. I just learned of Loretta's passing. Robert and Loretta were good friends and so kind to me while I was a single teacher at Hackberry High School. I had several delicious meals and spent many fun times in their home. I'm glad that I was able to speak with her at Robert's service. A great loss to her family, friends and to the nursing profession!

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