Rita J. (Allen) Henderson

Rita J. (Allen) Henderson, of Pocasset, formerly of Foxborough, Hyde Park and Brockton, passed away at home on August 25, 2019 surrounded by her loved ones. She was born in Stoughton on May 14, 1959 to the late William J. Allen and Ann (Gracewicz) Allen of Brockton. She attended Brockton Public School and graduated from Brockton High School in 1977. She worked for a number of years for Tufts Dental at the Fernald School in Waltham. While raising a young family and managing a busy household, she completed her BS Degree in Special Education (Cum laude) at Bridgewater State University. Rita proceeded to work in classroom environments for a number of public school systems starting with Foxborough Elementary, King Philip Regional High School and ending with Plymouth North High School as an Instructional/Vocational Aide in the Special Needs Programs. She took pride in her gardens with the sequential blooming of vibrant flowers and her babbling water features. She had a special gift of bringing people together and making everyone feel welcome.

Beloved wife for 36 loving years of Phillip W. Henderson. Loving mother to Lara A. of Providence, Ryan W. and William A. of Foxborough and Rachel M. of Avon. Rita was the beloved sister of Leonard Allen of GA, Richard Allen of Rehoboth, and the late Dennis Allen. She was also a loving Aunt to many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her three puppy loves; Rocco, Ruby and Javier.

A funeral mass will be held at St. John the Evangelist in Pocasset on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours are omitted. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to HAC-Village at Cataumet Shelter, 1252 Rte. 28A, Bourne, MA 02601in Rita’s name.


First Name: Dennis
Last Name: Sweeney
City: Chelmsford
State: MA
Country: US
Entry Date: 09/24/2019

My deepest sympathy for Rita's passing.

First Name: John
Last Name: Williams
City: Walpole
State: MA
Country: United States
Entry Date: 09/26/2019

Dear Phil and family,

Cindy and I wish to express our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Rita. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


John & Cindy

First Name: Steve
Last Name: Fitzgerald
City: Sandwich
State: MA
Country: usa
Entry Date: 09/26/2019

Kim and I send our deepest sympathy

First Name: Franky
Last Name: Henderson
City: Dedham
State: MA
Entry Date: 09/27/2019

Thinking of your family at this time. Deletta and I are truly sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers
Franky and Deletta

First Name: Tina
Last Name: Mikal
City: Attleboro
State: MA
Entry Date: 09/27/2019

Thoughts and prayers.

First Name: Valerie and Steve
Last Name: Bird
City: Windsor
State: MA
Country: United States
Entry Date: 09/27/2019

Very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with your family

First Name: Dody
Last Name: Gillmor
City: Foxboro
State: MA
Entry Date: 10/07/2019

Dear Phil, Lara, Ryan, Will and Rachel,
I was so profoundly sorry to read about Rita. Have so many memories of her when the kids were growing up, she was so happy and energetic and loved her family. You are in our thoughts, much love to all of you.
Dody and Alex Gillmor

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