Pearl McHenry

February 11, 1933 - December 19, 2013

02/11/1933 - 12/19/2013

Virginia Pearl McHenry, 80, formerly of Thompson Avenue in East Liverpool, passed away peacefully, Thursday, December 19, 2013 at East Liverpool City Hospital, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Jefferson City, Missouri on February 11, 1933 a daughter to the late James E. & L. Ethel Winters Johnson. She attended East Liverpool High School and was later adopted by the Class of 1952. In 1945, at the age of 12, Pearl began washing dishes for the Hoges. After 24 years of experiencing all aspects of the business, she became the proud owner of Hoges Restaurant. For over 40 years, she loved every thing about running the restaurant, but most of all the lifelong friendships she enjoyed with so many customers and employees. She was Presbyterian by faith and had been a member of the Quota Club, the Business and Professional Woman’s Club, and the Hoges Ladies Golf League. Playing cards was always a passion of Pearl’s including some creative ways of winning!

As wonderful of a Mother that she was, nothing compared to the pride she took in her grandchildren and the love she had for them.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Don McHenry, whom she married June 19, 1950; a daughter, Deborah McHenry and a daughter-in-law, Dorothy McHenry;
three brothers, Bill Johnson, Floyd Johnson and James “Junior” Johnson and a brother-in-law Dave Cashdollar.

She is survived by a son, Bill McHenry of East Liverpool; four daughters, Cindy Kreefer and her husband Mike of East Liverpool, Cathy Dray of East Liverpool, Tammy Layfield and her husband Chris of New Waterford and Pam McHenry of Wellsville; a sister Mary Cashdollar of Lawrenceville, WV; grandchildren, Michael, David and Stephen McHenry; Kristen, Justin and Brian Kreefer; Jessica and Courtney Dray; Christopher McHenry and Nicole Layfield; Tyler and Timothy Thrasher; great grandchildren, Kylie, Karah and Kendall Kreefer; Mason and Sydney McHenry and Ava Layfield.

Services will be held at the Calcutta Chapel of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes, Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 11 AM with Rev. Tanta Luckhart-Hendricks of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church officiating.

Burial will follow at Columbiana County Memorial Park.

Family will be present to receive friends at the Calcutta Chapel Monday, December 23, 2013 from 2 to 8 PM.

In Lieu of flowers the family wishes for memorial contributions be made to the Salvation Army. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to all the staff at Cross Roads and her friend Connie for 14 months of fun loving care and East Liverpool City Hospital for the wonderful care that was shown to Pearl over the years.

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Susan Mikeals
7 years ago

Bill, Sorry to hear about your mom. My heart goes out to you & your sisters. God Bless

Christy Carr
7 years ago


We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Carr family

Gretchen Persohn
7 years ago

Cindy, Bill, Cathy, Pam and Tammy – I’m so sorry to hear of Pearl’s passing. She was a powerhouse of a lady who will never be forgotten.

Debbie Taylor
7 years ago

Cindy, I was so sorry to hear about Pearl. She was always so kind to me, Jodi and Brent always welcoming us to her house for swimming, food and friendship. Over the years, we had many great times playing cards and laughter at her house. Praying for your family. Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”.

Lynne Schultz
7 years ago

Deepest Sympathy, our prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

dana merriman
7 years ago

From our family to yours The Turkaly’s send a warm expression of your loss to the card party’s 500 bid from the past and all the fun and great food and winnings the girls had. those were nights the children went to bed and the ladies fulfilled their bets for the fun of it and yet had the best sandwiches bbq chipped ham at card club””’

Missing the memories and tasting the best sandwiches ever…Missing your mom will be hard but there are so many memories to pick from…Good luck and good evening Dana Merriman

Bob and Pat Trotter
7 years ago

How sad we were to hear of Pearl’s passing. She was a good friend and we will miss her as we have missed her since she could no longer be at the Restaurant. Our condolences to the family and our prayer that God will comfort you at this time. Love to all. B & P

7 years ago


Heather Walton Dissette
7 years ago

I am so sorry for your loss. So many fond memories of “Mrs MHenry”. My love and prayers go out to all of you .

Gary Mostyn
7 years ago

Jackie and I offer our prayers for the McHenry family and sympathy in the loss of Pearl. Growing up in ELO I had a job at Hoges that didn’t seem like a job because Pearl was always positive and upbeat and made sure everyone was treated fairly. She’s probably already running things in heaven.

God Bless the McHenry family.

Gary and Jackie Mostyn

Dodie Nickell
7 years ago

Jeff & Dodie Nickell and family send our prayers and express our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Stan & Nancy Conley
7 years ago

May God grant each of you peace at this time and in the future. Pearl touched many lives through the years. May your memories endure and bring you joy.

Connie haspel
7 years ago

My time with her was much too short! I

Loved Pearl very much. My heart is sad at her loss. I will pray for her children and grandchildren.

Renee Sanford Willougby
7 years ago

On behalf of my mother, Doris Sanford, my sister, JoDell Sanford Simons, and myself, Renee Sanford Willoughby, we extend our deepest sympathies to you all. We love your family and have appreciated your friendship throughout the years. May you be blessed with the precious memories and heritage left by your parents.

cathy turkaly
7 years ago

So sorry for your loss. Especially this time of time is good to lose parent. I know she will connect with my mom Dolores who will play cards again just like they did many years ago having their card club gatherings.

Marilyn Fink
7 years ago

So sorry to hear about the passing of Pearl she will be missed. Pearl was a great boss we had a lot of fun Pearl made it that way. May God bless each of you Pearl was a good Mother,grandmother and sister. The family are in our prayers.

John and Joan Howard
7 years ago

Sorry to hear of Pearl’s passing. I still have many happy memories spending time when we were kids. She could always make me laugh. Your in our thoughts and prayers.

Earl and Janet Dennis
7 years ago

To Pearl’s family,ours prayers and thoughts are with you.

gary and betsy reed
7 years ago

we are sorry for your loss.may

god be with you all at your

time of sorrow.know that your

mom is always with you all in


Gary & Betsy reed

Don and Becky Thompson
7 years ago

We never lose the ones we love, and the joys shared are never really gone because Life changes around us, and as it does, it also changes us. With each new and different day may you find peace.

Our Deepest Sympathy to you and your family.

Bill and Kathy Miller
7 years ago

We will miss her too. Heaven has a new angel.