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Betty Rowe Henderson Dies 11 Days After Husband Hugh

Betty Rowe Henderson Dies

11 Days After Husband Hugh

Betty Henderson with husband Hugh and their beloved Tessa in 2013. (

ONEONTA – Betty Rowe Henderson, of Southside Oneonta, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, following a long illness. Her death came only 11 days after that of her husband, Hugh I. Henderson Sr.

She was born Betty Mae Rowe on Aug. 7, 1933 in Oneonta, the daughter of Hattie Mae (Wheeler) Rowe and Arthur Kendall Rowe, and lived nearly her entire life in Oneonta. She graduated from Oneonta High School in 1950.

Betty was baptized and married to Hugh at the First Presbyterian Church in Oneonta on Nov. 2, 1958.  They celebrated 58 years of marriage last November.

Over the years of raising their four children, Betty was an active parent as “room mom,” Brownie Troop leader, and PTA leader at Riverside Elementary. After shepherding her own children through Oneonta Schools, Betty served on the Oneonta District School Board for 12 years and was known for her focus on student needs and success.  In her first years of service, Betty took great joy in presenting a diploma to her youngest daughter Sue.

Hugh Henderson, Community Leader


Hugh Henderson, 

Community Leader

Hugh I. Henderson Sr., 1937-2017

ONEONTA – Hugh I. Henderson Sr., who dedicated much of his life to the public service of Oneonta and Otsego County,  died peacefully at home, following an extended illness, on Friday, April 14, 2017.

He was born March 18, 1937, at Parshall Hospital in Oneonta, the son of Robert L. Henderson Sr. and Marie Elizabeth Henderson.

As a child he lived in Davenport and East Meredith.  In 1946, his family moved to a dairy farm on Southside Drive. He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1954.

Hugh and his brother Bob operated the family dairy farm on Southside for more than 50 years, until October 2000, when the brothers sold their cows, ending more than a half-century of this family-owned business.

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