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Mary Kay Laugherty

Obituary from Columbus Dispatch issue of May 20, 2008.

Mary Kay Laugherty Henricks, age 69, unexpectedly taken home Monday, May 19, 2008, at OSU Medical Center. Member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Graduate, Grandview Heights High School Class of 1957. Received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from The Ohio State University; member, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Mirrors. She worked for the Social Security Administration; was Base Librarian, Tainan Air Base, Taiwan; and taught special education at Grandview Heights High School. Mary Kay was an advocate for families, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, "Maw" to her grandchildren, a cookbook collector and cooking instructor. Preceded in death by parents Andrew J. and Kathleen Fish Laugherty, brother Thomas Fish Laugherty. Survived by husband, Ralph Kenneth Henricks; children, Eric (April) Henricks, Matthew (Kiki) Henricks; grandchilden, Bjorn, Phoebe, Norman and Chloe Henricks; siblings, James Richard (Chris) Laugherty, Patricia Anne (James) Gusty, Michael Fish Laugherty; and kin of all kinds. Friends may call at the SOUTHWICK-GOOD & FORTKAMP FUNERAL CHAPEL, 3100 N. HIGH ST. Wednesday 4-7 p.m. Service Thursday 10 a.m. at Marble Cliff Ward LDS Church, 3880 Gateway Blvd. Bishop Michael Snow, officating. Interment Union Cemetery. Vist www.southwickfuneral.com to offer condolences. Sign the online guestbook at www.dispatch.com/obituaries


Provided by Mary Kay Laugherty Henricks for the reunion of 2007:

Currently I am a homemaker and educator (to four active grandchildren). I live in Columbus with my husband Ralph Kenneth, a contract negotiator/USAF officer. We have two sons and four grandchildren. My hobby (addiction?) is collecting cookbooks. I also find time to play and interact with grandchildren, stay connected to service projects and family (now mostly taking elderly aunt to medical appointments), and continue active participation in church. Another special interest is trying to improve my health.


All kinds of memories of Grandview flood back to me
After high school I graduated from The Ohio State University in Home Economics Education and earned my Masters in Family and Consumer Science also at OSU. My jobs have been numerous and varied.

I have enjoyed traveling--to visit family mostly and for work and recreation. Included are numerous trips to Calgary Alberta Canada, San Francisco, Calif and Northern California, Washington D.C., Northern Michigan/Upper Peninsula of Michigan, New England, Niagra Falls NY and Ontario, Knoxville & Oak Ridge Tenn, Nevada-- Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Western U.S. Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North & South Dakota, Charleston, South Carolina. Sheffield England with an OSU research project. Notable omission: I have not been to Florida in all our travels.

Looking back over 50 years, I believe a most significant accomplishment in my life has been the opportunities, experiences, education, religious convictions, friendships, family, and associations that have promoted a positive meaningful and satisfying life feeling.



Written by Mary Kay to classmates in 1997

Time flies and yesterday's memories even to entering first grade in 1945 at Robert Louis Stevenson School are vivid. How can I be old enough to have graduated from high school 40 years ago; old enough to be married 34 years or have adult men ages 33 and 28 as our two sons; old enough to have spent some part of each decade since the '40's in pursuit of life-long learning, culminating with a Masters degree in Human Ecology in August '95 from The Ohio State University; to be blessed with a wonderful family--even parents still living pretty much on their own, with love and support and challenges of a close-knit and close-location of family all in the Columbus area; to have developed other family and friendship ties almost around the world. Life was good in Grandview in 1945 and thereafter, as it is today.