Pamela Henicke, age 48, passed away at her home in George West, Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Pamela is survived by her husband, Gregory Ray Henicke; mother, Vivian Froh and husband Brett; son, Lawson Henicke; daughters, Lauryn Marte and husband Joel, and Kenedy Henicke, and sister, Alisha Nieto and husband André. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Thornton.
Born January 23, 1970 in Janesville, Wisconsin, Pamela spent most of her years growing up in Abilene, where she met her husband of 23 years. She and Greg have lived and worked on Los Cuernos Ranch, buried deep in La Salle County since 1998. Seeking for their children extracurricular opportunities and a good education, they settled on Tilden ISD and then George West ISD. Both choices meant Pamela would sacrifice many hours of driving and other personal preferences and as challenging as that was, she just made it work. An avid supporter of all school activities in which her children participated, if you noticed over the past few years someone filming video of the George West football games from the stands, it was most likely Pamela.
It was the diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer that challenged her over the past 20 months. And oddly enough, she faced that challenge just like she had every other one in her life, with faith in God and concern for all of those around her. Pamela was a beloved wife and mother, a true friend, practical joker, and an ultra-polite lady in every sense of the word. Her door was always open to friends and family and she dished out unconditional love freely.
In memory of Pamela Henicke the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Rexanna’s Foundation for Fighting Lung Cancer at www.rexannasfoundation.org or a lung cancer organization of your choosing.
A graveside service will be held at Hilltop Cemetery in Tilden, Texas, on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM.
The EGFR mutant non-small cell lung cancer that Pamela was diagnosed with is one that affects a large percentage of women never smokers and the majority of the patients will develop resistance to treatments currently available. Funding for research is critical to improve the survival rates of those diagnosed with lung cancer.
Most people are surprised to hear that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women today. Even more so, when they learn that the fastest growing population of lung cancer diagnosis are made in women ages 18-45 that are non-smokers. Lung cancer takes the lives of more cancer patients every day than breast, prostate, colon, liver, melanoma, and kidney cancers combined.
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