Rebecca G. Henderson, 87, special-education teacher

February 27, 2005

Rebecca G. Henderson, a retired special-education teacher and world traveler, died of heart failure Feb. 19 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 87.

Born and raised Rebecca Elizabeth Geyer in Neosho, Mo., she earned a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry in 1939 from Central Methodist College in Fayette, Mo. During World War II, she worked at Camp Crowder, an Army training camp in Neosho, where in 1943 she met and married Joseph Henderson, then an Army captain.

After the war, the couple moved to Baltimore, where Mr. Henderson worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, becoming a supervisor. He died in 1990.

After earning a master's degree in special education, Mrs. Henderson taught at the Chimes School in Mount Washington from the 1960s until retiring in the early 1980s.

A resident for many years of Stoneleigh, Mrs. Henderson lived from 1996 until her death at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville.

She enjoyed traveling to Europe, Brazil and Morocco, and was an avid bridge player.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Broadmead, 13801 York Road.

Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn R.H. Reznick of Chappaqua, N.Y., and Sarah L.H. Githens of Glen Ridge, N.J.; a sister, Carolyn G. Bard of Mesa, Ariz.; and four grandchildren.

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