Marjorie Baird Henson, 98, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Boone.

Born November 13, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Jack Baird and Ida Yates Baird of Sugar Grove, NC.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her mother and father, Ida and Jack Baird; husband, Buster Henson in 1994; brother, Bennie J. Baird, 1992; sister-in-laws, Louise G. Baird in 2019, Kate Ellison; and nephew, Gerald L. Baird of Vilas.

Marjorie and Buster were residents of the Cove Creek community where they had a family business for many years. Marjorie was a substitute teacher for Watauga County Public Schools. Marjorie was a member of the Cove Creek Baptist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class.

Marjorie is survived by nephews, Kenneth Baird of Mountain City, TN and Jerry Ellison of Vilas, NC; niece, Barbara Baird Balsamo of Leesburg, VA; and great-nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express gratitude and appreciation to Lisa Crisp, Sarah Watson, Tina Rayfield, Lois Guy, Kristy Jones, Marie Farthing, Caldwell Hospice of the High Country, and the many other kind and compassionate women and men who provided loving care and friendship to Marjorie during recent years. The family thanks friends and members of Cove Creek and nearby communities, as well as Cove Creek Baptist Church for their kind deeds and prayers.

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Austin-Barnes Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Kevin Combs officiating. Visitation was held from 11:30 am — 12 p.m. Entombment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, NW, Lenoir, NC 28645. Memories and remembrances of Mrs. Henson may be sent to: Barbara Balsamo, 344 Maple Avenue, West #345, Vienna, VA 22180 or placed online at

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Henson Family.

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