Elaine R Henderson

Las Vegas Nevada – Elaine R. Henderson 89 of Las Vegas, Nevada (also St. George, Utah) passed away peacefully at 9:00 p.m. March 20, 2021, at home in Las Vegas. She was born November 6, 1931, in Tropic, Utah. Her parents were Thomas Ephraim and Blanche Ethel Ott Richards. Her husband, Donald Henderson preceded her in death on March 23, 2018. She is survived by her daughter Ann Powers 54 (Sean) and sons Gary Henderson 67 (Kathy) and Paul Henderson 64 (Pam). Daughter Sharon Martin (Leonard) who would have been 66, passed away on July 5, 2016


Elaine has 4 married children, 37 grandchildren, and 48 great-grandchildren (and one on the way). Elaine and Donald were married on June 8, 1951, in St. George Temple. She was very active as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her strong testimony was demonstrated by years of church service. She served as a Temple Worker, Relief Society President, Primary President, teacher, and many other callings over her entire adult life.  


Elaine loved her husband Donald, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her extended family. Elaine was the last of her parents’ 11 children to pass away. Elaine was always fun-loving and seemed to be at her happiest when she was with family and friends. A visit or a call from a loved one made her day brighter.  


We will all miss Elaine and her fun-loving and teasing manner and will remember her fondly every day.


Funeral Services will be held Friday, April 2, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Chapel located at 1222 East Brigham Road, St George, Utah with a viewing before the service at 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Elaine will be buried in the Tonaquint Cemetery in St. George.  


Family and friends are invited to view the funeral service on YouTube. Please click on the link



Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Elaine’s online guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com



9:30-10:30 am

Second Visitation


11:00 am


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1222 East Brigham Road
St. George, Utah


12:00 pm
Tonaquint Cemetery
1777 S Dixie Drive
St. George, Utah

Guest Book

9 Responses

  1. Gary, Paul and Ann,
    I have many fond memories of Aunt Elaine, it was always the highlight of my summer when Aunt Elaine, Uncle Donald and kids would come for a stay at Grandma Henderson’s.
    I pray you can find comfort in her passing. Now she can be with Uncle Donald and Sharon, along with other family members. Thinking of you at this time.
    Lonnie and Cheryl Pollock

  2. So sorry to hear that my childhood best friend and playmate has died. I have the best memories of growing up in Tropic .
    Seems like Elaine and I did everything together, school, roommates at Bryce Canyon we were a teem as cabin mades, sleep overs . I will always remember her and miss her.

  3. I was so sorry to hear of Aunt Elaines passing. She was a very special lady. Her and Uncle Donald were always so kind and willing to help. It was always a special time when we could visit which was unfortunately not enough.

  4. I was so sorry to hear of Aunt Elaines passing. She was a very special Lady. It was always so neat when we got to visit which was never enough. I know how much you guys will miss her. Her and Uncle Donald were always so kind and willing to help others. Our prayers and love are with you and your family.

  5. With many fond memories, Ann,. Paul. and ,Gary, we send our heart felt love and prayers. Doyle and She Ellen Monk

  6. Uncle Donald and Aunt Elaine where so good to my mom (Paula Richards) when she was sick and doing treatments in St. George. I’m sure is was a scary time for my Mom and she was always thankful she had family to call on if she needed them. I remember seeing them both at Grandma Shafers home and Grandpa and Grandma Richards. I will be thinking you and your family.
    Kasidi Floyd

  7. So sorry I couldn’t be there because of prior commitments. I loved Uncle Donald and aunt Elaine… No better people anywhere….Always think of them as a pair as that’s truly what they were….They are missed

  8. Pat and Herschel Hall want your family to know how much we loved your Mom and Dad. While I served with your Mom in the Primary organization, we enjoyed many Dinners out, tried to help your Dad when your Mom and Dad came home from a vacation to a hot house that was so hot, the wall paper was pealing off the walls and when the whole neighborhood was trying to get a raccoon off the telephone pole. We have so many great memories. They will be a part of the time they spent in Littleton, Colorado, with all of us. Oh, and Paul – thanks for painting our house twice – great job guys.
    Pat Hall

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