Henrietta was born Feb. 14, 1917, two miles north of Clay City. At a mere 3 pounds, Doc Rentschler told her father that she was a "fizzle."
Henrietta began her schooling at Clay City in 1922. With her father seeking employment in structural iron work, she attended five other schools across the United States from 1923-31. She started the second semester of her junior year at Clay City High School, graduating with the class of 12933. Due to the moves, she was one year younger than the other students.
On Aug. 16, 1940, Henrietta married Richard M. Hayman. Together, they raised three daughters, Linda, Bette and Mary. The girls are approximately six years apart. When one entered first-grade, along came another to keep her busy. She cared for her bedridden mother and widowed father for 15 years.
Her caring nature reached out, as well, to her church. The First Brethren Church in Clay City was her passion. She attended every service that unlocked the doors. Her love of the scriptures is exemplified by her wore-torn, underlined, note-covered Bibles. Hundreds of Sunday School lessons were prepared from these texts on a weekly basis. She was Sunday School and Church treasurer for more than 50 years.
Baking was another blessing that Henrietta bestowed on her family, church groups and even fifth- and sixth-graders at Clay City Elementary.
Bette, her middle daughter, used her baking skills as a reward to well-behaved library classes. She not only provided sugar cookies, she checked out books for Mrs. Wey and Mrs. Moss' kindergarten classes for six years. That was "her job," as she would say. Mr. Inman, principal, presented her with a Clay City Elementary Volunteer Award in 2000, which she treasured.
She was "Mother" and "Granny" to three daughters, one adopted daughter, two sons-in-law, five grandchildren, spouses, and five great-grandchildren. They are:
Daughters: Linda J. Hayman, Indianapolis; Bette R. Rupp and husband James, Clay City; Mary E. Huffman and husband Steve, Terre Haute; and adopted daughter Edna Myers, Indianapolis;
Grandchildren: James Rupp Jr., and wife Stacey, Columbus, Ind.; Marty Lasure and husband Kris, Columbus, Ind., Paul Huffman and wife Emily, Chicago, Jess Huffman, Columbus, Ind., and Meredith Lee and husband Ryan, Terre Haute;
Great-grandchildren: Owen Rupp, Mallory Rupp, Garrett Lasure, Madeline Huffman and Hannah Huffman. Meredith and Ryan Lee are expecting their sixth great-grandchild in December.
Henrietta is also survived by a very special aunt, Helen, Rentschler, Knightsville.
Family preceding her in death were her mother and father, John J. Luther and Mary Burger Luther; beloved brother Major John J. Luther Jr.; and husband Richard M. Hayman.
Services will be 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, 301 8th St., Clay City. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be prior to the service from 4-6 p.m.