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05/22/1928 — 12/04/2021
From Pasco WA | Born in Longbranch, WAWatch Graveside Service
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Pasco, Washington – Iola “Tootie” Marie Henne was born May 22, 1928 in Longbranch, WA to Earl and Ethel Seat. She was the fourth of six children. She attended most of her school years in Grandview, WA and graduated from Grandview High School in 1947.
At 13, Tootie had her first part-time job at a small restaurant. During high school, she worked in the spring cutting asparagus, on her parents’ farm and elsewhere. When she was 15, she worked during summer vacation at a small cannery. There, she met the love of her life, Eugene “Gene” Henne. Gene and Tootie dated for four years and were married June 26, 1947. They moved to Pasco, WA in the spring of 1948 and worked for a food processing plant that had relocated from Sunnyside.
Tootie eventually worked for the City/Port of Pasco for more than nine years as secretary to the Pasco Airport manager. She then went to work as a receptionist for Chevron Chemical in Finley, WA, and stayed almost 23 years until retiring as an accounts payable assistant.
Gene and Tootie had two daughters, Sandra followed by Patricia four years later, and were together for 60 years before Gene passed away in 2003 an hour shy of their 56th anniversary.
Family gatherings meant everything to Tootie. Many birthdays and holidays were celebrated in her home, and she enjoyed spending as much time as possible with family. Her grandchildren spent a lot of cherished time at grandma’s house. She loved country music, planting spring flowers, and attending every sporting event and school performance that involved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed the many family vacations with Gene and her daughters at various lakes where they camped, hiked, and fished. One of the more recent highlights for her daughters was taking her to Leavenworth for her 80th birthday. It involved horse-drawn carriages, the musical Sound of Music, shopping, and a hilarious episode involving a sausage dog.
Tootie is survived by daughters Sandra “Sandi” Staunton and Patricia “Patti” (Bob Failor) Huff; sister Shirley Cotton, grandchildren Ali (Kyle) Madison and Ryan (Cassie) Mercer; great-grandchildren Gracie, Camryn, Iylie, Paxton, and Wynn Mercer, and Parker and Wells Madison; and, numerous nieces and nephews.
Tootie was preceded in death by her husband Gene, parents, stepfathers Wright Strope and Oren Green, sisters Lucile Tucker, Evelyn Seat, and Helen “Tiny” Seat; brother Glen Seat, brothers-in-law Merle Tucker and Mel Cotton, sister-in-law Dona Seat, sons-in-law Dick Huff and Bob Staunton, and grandson Jeff Marcum.
Arrangements are being made by Einan’s Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held December 13, 2021 at 11:00 am. The service will be streamed live on sunsetgardenstricities.com, or it can be viewed at a later time. You may also sign the family’s online guest book.
Tootie will be missed. We have wonderful memories of going out to lunch with her. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.
She lived a full life. She had a wonderful family around her, too. May she rest in peace. My sympathy to all her loved ones.
Dear Sandra and Patti,
A friend sent me your mother’s obituary. I just wanted to send my condolences to you both. I remember the times living next door to one another.
Charlien and I both are in Mississippi still. She is a widow and I have been married for 57 years. She and her family are still active with horses. I traveled too much with my husband so even though I miss owning them, I didn’t have a chance.
Fondly, Carmen Cotton Montgomery
You’re finally able to be at Peace.
Your Passing is very difficult to swallow at this time, I will Cherish our time Spent chatting on the phone thru this challenging Pandemic and of Course the Precious Memories of your and my Parent’s Friendship through the Years, your stories of Fun times Spent Dancing and sharing the good ol Colorado Spring waters aka Coors.
Many times you reminded me that you Named me and clearly my Parent’s didn’t Dare cross you.. Although small in Stature your Fiesty attitude was a very important part of you.
Dance Peacefully as you join the Love of your Life Gene, and of course your Card playing Friends, Dale and Betty.
Last time we chatted you mentioned you Really missed my Dad, at last your REUNITED with them all.
Enjoy those Heavenly Donuts and I’ll see you Again 😘
Rest Easy Sweet Lady
Much love Tammy Lynne ❤