Hellen Louise Henderson was born in Mena in 1926. Her ancestors were among the founding members of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was a lifetime member. During her early years she lived in many different cities, but returned permanently to Mena in 1961, where she raised her seven children, three of which are now nurses, two are doctors and one an attorney.
While establishing her life in town, Hellen earned her GED and supported her family working in jobs as a dishwasher and at a local garment factory. At the encouragement of a cousin, Ms. Henderson began working as an aid at the local hospital.
Just as she encouraged her children, she continued her efforts at self-improvement and completed the LPN program at Rich Mountain Community College, scoring at the top of her class. She began her career as a nurse in 1977, and spent 37 years serving her community.
She worked until her death in 1999. She loved her patients, her community and her family, all very much.
Due to her accomplishments and dedication, the Henderson House at the Green House Cottages of Homewood, is named in her honor.