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Martha Audrey Hale Henry

Little Rock, AR, 1926 - 2023

Martha Audrey Hale Henry passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 96. It was her wish to live as long as the Queen. She was born in England, Ark., September 24, 1926, to Austin and Neggie Hale.
Graduating as valedictorian from High School at the age of 16, and with three dollars from her father, Audrey caught a ride to Little Rock. She lived at Aunt Kate's Boarding House, rising early to make breakfast and do chores for her room and board. Her room was a cot in the pantry. She attended Draughon's School of Business and later drove to State Teachers College (UCA) at night, then finishing at UALR. She later went back to UCA and received a Master's Degree in Psychology and Counseling.
She had her real estate broker's license and sold real estate while pursuing her securities license to sell annuities for VALIC, being the first representative of that company in Arkansas. She was the only female District Manager in the country for a long time.
Audrey was fearless and fiercely independent. When she was very young, she took flying lessons in an open-cockpit plane until her father found out and made her quit. One of her classic sayings was "I can't stand things and people who don't work."
Gracious and a true Steel Magnolia with a good sense of humor, a great conversationalist, she loved people and could talk about almost any subject. Many of her friends were much younger, as she loved their energy and zest for life. Preceded in death by her daughter Karen Henry and granddaughter Elizabeth Masching. She is survived by her sister Bonnie Cargile, son Scott Henry (Kay), daughter Becka Masching. She was known as grandear to her grandchildren David Henry, Justin Henry, Nick Henry, Mary Masching and John Masching. There will be a memorial service Monday, June 12, 2023, at 1 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church. May her memory be eternal.
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Published June 10, 2023

Roller-Chenal Funeral Home
13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, AR
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