Margaret "Pene" Ellis  Henry
  • In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Susan B. Komen Foundation or Emancipet.

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“As you know, Pene was so special to us all. She was such a bright light, that is now a flicker, but will never go out. She is always with us. Love...Read More »
1 of 30 | Posted by: Denise Forwood - Austin, TX

“Pene was a happy and delightful person, very proud of her children and listening to them speak at her service was incredibly strong of the two of...Read More »
2 of 30 | Posted by: Rhonda Dobrovolski - Austin, TX

“Pene' was one to make every moment feel like a party. Small in stature, she was larger than life. She loved her husband, her kids, her friends. She...Read More »
3 of 30 | Posted by: Maryann - Austin, TX

“I just remember Pene being the sweetest happiest person in the world! The whole family was awesome! So so sorry and extend my deepest sympathy to her...Read More »
4 of 30 | Posted by: Ellie guy Sloan - Shreveport, LA

“I only met Penne a couple of times last summer and found her to be engaging, courageous and optimistic with an infectious smile. We shared our...Read More »
5 of 30 | Posted by: Kristin Glandt - Cedar Park, TX

“My deepest condolences to Pene's family. My thoughts and prayers to your family during this difficult time. I had the opportunity of meeting Pene...Read More »
6 of 30 | Posted by: Vickie Mara - Austin, TX - Friend

“I kept in touch with Penne through Guy. I also visited in her home last year. She was just as I remembered her growing up. Fun, happy and loving! ...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: Terri Dill - Baton Rouge, LA

“I remember Pene as being my dear friend and roommate in college. She was always the best friend to me, always offering to share anything she had with...Read More »
8 of 30 | Posted by: Vickie Cox - Bossier City, LA

“Rest in peace, Pene. You were one of a kind. Love ,Kathy ”
9 of 30 | Posted by: Kathy Dunn Harkins - Bailey, CO

“Pene Pene Pene, Where do I start? I will never forget our childhood years, growing up across the street from each other. All the laughs and...Read More »
10 of 30 | Posted by: Christy "Sister" Sly - Portland, OR

“Sweet Pene. What do you say about someone who lights up the room when she enters? I met her the day she moved into our neighborhood, little did I...Read More »
11 of 30 | Posted by: Mary "B" and Kirby Parsons

“Jim, Kristin, and Brian. I am an old friend of Pene's from high school and was so sad to hear of her death. When Iread her obituary it brought back...Read More »
12 of 30 | Posted by: Karen Stewart-Taylor - Mansfield, LA

“I first met Pene over 30 years ago. She and Jim had moved into our neighborhood in Richardson and the fun began. We had parties together, played...Read More »
13 of 30 | Posted by: Carolyn Musgrave - Garland, TX

“We have many wonderful memories of Pene. This picture of her is how we will always remember her - smiling and happy to be with friends! There are...Read More »
14 of 30 | Posted by: Dan and Dana Snook - friends

“A wonderful teenage friend..times spent with Pene are great memories! ”
15 of 30 | Posted by: Ginger Harris Cowling - Mansfield, LA

“We will miss you so much. Heaven just gained the sweetest, most fun loving soul we have ever known. May God hold you in the palm of His hand. We send...Read More »
16 of 30 | Posted by: Brian and Jana Tuerff, Brenna, Breann, Alison and Amanda - TX

“Even after I left Dallas over 25 years ago I had the privlidge of revisiting with Pene last March, and even though so much time had passed it was...Read More »
17 of 30 | Posted by: Dorothy Coppins - Middle Island, NY

“When Pene moved to our Austin neighborhood, she turned our world on full blast! She organized us and directed our activities and parties with great...Read More »
18 of 30 | Posted by: Kathie Bailey - La Grange, TX

“Blessings to you Henry family. What a beautiful testament to your mother's life in the messages left. I remember Pene's infectious laugh at the...Read More »
19 of 30 | Posted by: Valerie Seely - Austin, TX

“Pene was a wonderful friend to me and my family. She had a zest for life that few can match. She was kind enough to share some of her life with me...Read More »
20 of 30 | Posted by: Beverly J Witt - Austin, TX

“I remember at the end of an invitations to one of Pene's many parties it said, "If you know anyone else who I may have missed, bring them along"....Read More »
21 of 30 | Posted by: Susan Stavinoha - Austin, TX

“Pene brought joy to our hearts and dearly loved her family, friends, pets and plants!!! It is hard to even imagine life without her and I have never...Read More »
22 of 30 | Posted by: Susan Creason Vrazel - Austin, TX

“Whoever wrote Pene's memorial certainly captured her positive and uplifting personality. I met Pene when Brian as in fifth grade at North Oaks...Read More »
23 of 30 | Posted by: Shelly Hohmann - friend

“Pene was always a joy to be around. She had an incredible way of making everyone feel comfortable and important. I have always admired her spirit and...Read More »
24 of 30 | Posted by: Mary Maluski - Burnet, TX

“Pene will always be remembered for her smile and laugh. She loved her family so much and we have you all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
25 of 30 | Posted by: Connie and Brad Perdue

“Playing bridge with Pene was always so much fun since there was a lot more talking and laughing than card playing. She will be greatly missed by so...Read More »
26 of 30 | Posted by: Laurene & Bart Jacob - Austin, TX

“Brian, Kristen and Jim, You gave Pene her greatest joy, her proudest moments and most cherished times. What a beautiful life she led as your mother...Read More »
27 of 30 | Posted by: Cathy Swofford - Austin, TX

“Dear sweet Pene, thank you for all of the happy times we had as our kids grew up together! I can still hear your wonderful laugh and you cheering...Read More »
28 of 30 | Posted by: John, Kim, Travis, and Scotty Hajek - TX

“As kids growing up, Pene was always a very happy and positive person. I loved being around her. Pene may you rest in peace and I love you. ”
29 of 30 | Posted by: Marsha L. Cheairs - San Antonio, TX

“As kids growing up, Pene was always a very happy and positive person. I loved being around her. Pene may you rest in peace and I love you. ”
30 of 30 | Posted by: Marsha L. Cheairs - San Antonio, TX


Margaret "Pene" Henry, 60, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2013, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. Pene is survived by her loving husband of 32 years, Jim; her daughter Kristen Floyd and husband Clayton Floyd of Gatesville, Texas; her son Brian Henry of Austin, Texas; her brother Floyd Alexander "Guy" Ellis, Jr. of New Braunfels, Texas and his children Cassie Ellis and Michael Ellis of Nacogdoches, Texas; along with numerous aunts and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Pene was born on February 15, 1952, in Richmond, Virginia, to her loving parents Floyd Alexander Ellis, Sr. and Margaret "Vonn" Rogers Ellis. Pene spent the majority of her youth in Mansfield, Louisiana, where she graduated from high school. Pene received her B.A. degree in Art History from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

After college Pene embarked on a long career as a salesperson, first in Houston, then Dallas, and finally winding up her sales career in Austin. She held many varied positions in the sales industry, mainly in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Pene was actively involved in the community as a member of Impact Austin and Hope Presbyterian Church.

Pene had many passions in life. She loved traveling with her family and friends, and she was always planning a trip somewhere. Pene was an avid gardener with her very own backyard botanical garden. She was an animal lover and always had a house full of beloved pets. Pene loved playing bridge, pokeno, and bunco with many of her close and dear friends. Pene also participated in a bowling league with several of her friends, and although not a very good bowler, she had a ball doing it. That pretty well sums up Pene's life. She had a ball doing everything. She was the life of the party and everyone's friend. Her infectious laugh was her trademark and known by all.

Special thanks go out to the doctors, nurses, and staff of Texas Oncology, the North Austin Medical Center, and Seton Medical Center. But most of all, a tremendous thank you to all her dear, dear friends who cared for her, visited with her, laughed with her, and cried with her during the last two years.

Visitation will be Friday evening, January 25, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home at 3125 North Lamar. Her funeral service will be on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Hope Presbyterian Church at 11512 Olson Drive. Burial immediately following the service at Austin Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Susan B. Komen Foundation or Emancipet.