Lyla Henry, age 95, passed away on December 10, 2021 at Pathstone Memory Care.
Lyla grew up in Walnut Grove and after graduating High School she moved to Mankato to attend beauty school. She met and married Wendell Henry. Together they had five children. During her time in Mankato, she owned and operated a beauty shop, was the bookkeeper for Henry and Goettl Const. In the early seventies they moved to Brainerd, where Lyla worked in the hospitality industry. Lyla and Wendell relocated to Red Wing where she worked at Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop. Several years after becoming a widow Lyla returned to Mankato. She was an amazing cook and an incredibly hard-working woman! She enjoyed cooking, baking, camping, fishing and collecting frogs. But most of all she enjoyed spending lots of quality time with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Lyla was preceded in death by infant son, Wendell Jr; husband, Wendell; sons, Larry and Steven; grandson, Chad; her parents; and four brothers.
She is survived by daughter, Laura and her husband, Tom Olinger; grandson, Wesley (whom she raised) and his wife, Holly; 8 additional grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great grandchildren; sister, Roanne Axdahl (Larry); nieces and nephews; close friends; and an estranged daughter.
No flowers please. Please just share a kind thought or a special memory.
A private family burial and a Celebration of Life will be held in the summer of 2022.