Barbree A.G. Henderson, a homemaker and volunteer, died Sept. 18 from pneumonia at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. She was 87.
The former Barbree Ann Gayle, the daughter of Dr. Seth Gayle, a career Army Medical Corps surgeon, and his wife, Dorothy Steele Gayle, a homemaker, was born in the Panama Canal Zone.
After mother’s death, she was sent to Winchester, Virginia, where she was raised by grandparents. She was a 1950 graduate of St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virginia, and attended Vassar College and Duke University, where she studied nursing.
In 1955, she married Dr. Charles M. Henderson, a neurosurgeon. He died in 1992.
The couple lived in the Rockland and the Charlesbrooke neighborhoods of Baltimore County before moving to Blakehurst a decade ago.
Mrs. Henderson volunteered at Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland and the National Aquarium in Baltimore. She was a former president of the Woodland Garden Club and was chair of the Woman’s Club of Roland Park’s Great Decisions, a “think tank,” family members said. She was also a member of the Baltimore Country Club.
She was a master knitter, tennis player, snorkeler and scuba diver. Her favorite beach was at St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.