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On Nov. 8, 2012, Lisa Henderson Golden, just 45 years old, passed away.
She has been on the minds of many for the past few months. They have kept a quiet watch. While it would be easy to let sadness overwhelm the moment, celebrating her life seems a better course to take, and that is what Lisa would want.
Lisa was a beautiful woman who turned heads when she entered a room, but it was her personality that was the magnet. People wanted to be around her because she was gregarious, friendly and very funny, most often poking fun at herself. Her mother, Lucille, commented that she had never met a person who had such a wonderful life.
Lisa was a local girl who grew up in Stafford County. The center of her world was her daughter, Rachel Henderson. Rachel is a lovely woman who resembles her mother and is outgoing and caring and was devoted to her mother. Lisa's love for her community led her to be a supporter of the SPCA. Also, she played an integral role in developing the annual Rappahannock Regional Duck Race.
Lisa found a professional career at the Silver Cos. as the executive vice president of the commercial brokerage. She was always an inspiration and found time to help others with their projects.
Lisa's soul mate was her husband, Chris Golden. They were friends for 18 years, an inseparable couple for six and husband and wife for one. He was her rock and her partner in adventure. Emerson, her doting stepdaughter, was never far from her side.
Her loving parents are David and Lucille Henderson and her wonderful brothers are David Jr. and Gregory. David is married to CJ and Gregory to Kristen. Nieces and nephews are Lauren, David, Brian, Aidan, Camdan, Bradan, Dylan and Piper. Lisa's maternal grandparents were Simon and Ophelia Mastin, and her paternal grandparents were Watson and Effie Henderson.
Lisa was very dear to Chris' family: Fran Golden, mother-in-law; Lisa's gentle Florence Nightingale, sister-in-law Jenny Mayo and her husband, Mike; and brother-in-law Doug Golden. Lisa was a loving stepmother to Sterling Schoonover's daughters, Whitney, Morgan and Tyler.
Over the years Lisa had many girlfriends but perhaps the closest was a small band called the Stealths, Becki Friend, Pat Breme, Barbara Bartz, Catherine Jennings and Gayle Elliott. They spent time with Lisa laughing and remembering the silly things that girlfriends do.
It is unconceivable to ponder life without Lisa but she gave her family and friends a lasting memory of a courageous woman who, even in great physical discomfort, was elegant, caring and still making jokes.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A service will be held at noon Monday, Nov. 12, at the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.