Frances (Fran) Elaine Henson

Frances (Fran) Elaine Henson, 73, died Nov. 10, 2021. She was born in Mena, Ark., on July 15, 1948, to Grady and Gladys (Pitchford) Cook. She was the oldest of three children. Fran grew up in Arkansas and Texas, and moved with her family to the Center, Colo., around 1963. She had moved back to Arkansas and lived in Tennessee for a few years, before returning to Colorado.

In her journey, Fran married her first husband, who gave her five children.

Fran met the love of her life the summer of 1986, Verl Henson. They have spent the last 34 years together. They spent as much time as possible camping and fishing. Family trips were Fran`s best memories. Fran and Verl had also taken vacations together to different states and National Parks.

Fran was preceded in death by both of her parents, Grady and Gladys Cook, one daughter, Carolyn May Aldridge, one son, Ronald Sterling Aldridge, two granddaughters, grandparents, and close friends.

She is survived by her husband, Verl Henson, one sister, Kathleen “Sam” Wolfe, one brother, Harley Cook, children, Jon Ray Aldridge, James (Bobby) Aldridge, and Angela (Mike) Bonemeyer. Also, her mother and father-in-law, U.V. and Marylou Henson, bonus children, Ruby and Rusty Lindsey, Ronnie Wayne Knight, and Rhonda Vesper. Fran also was blessed with 18 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Fran didn't know how not to love and accept children as her own. She is also survived by many “adopted" children and grandchildren. She had a huge heart capable of loving everyone she could.

She wanted to share her love of the Lord and did as much as she could from teaching Bible studies to helping in the church in any way possible. Fran served as a Deacon for many years and worked with children; from nursery to youth group ages. She has now joined her many close church friends and family in heaven.

Frances was a kind, loving, and gentle soul. The family was blessed, and grateful God gave her to us to love for a lifetime. She will be truly missed on this Earth.

The family will have a celebration of life at a later date.

Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements. To leave online condolences, words of strength and comfort or remembrances for Fran’s family, please visit