“An Early Victim of Multiple Sclerosis”

“Behind the Scenes of The Other Alexandria’s Column”

It was a cloudy rainy day when Corrine Henry was born on Tuesday, November 15, 1927. She was her parents’ sunshine.

Left to right, Hilda Wanzer, Mamie Casey, Vivan Rust,
Corrine Henry, Lillian Terrell and Frances Wanzer

Throughout Corrine’s childhood, she was outgoing and full of life. In her teens, she and several of her friends formed a group called the Silver Slippers. Like all teenagers, Corrine made sure she looked her best. She enjoyed applying her makeup even when she was sick. Her family and her friends played an important role in her life.

In her late teens, she became engaged to John Sidney Holland, Jr. He was in the United States Army. By the time he gets out of the military, Corrine would have started experiencing early stages of Multiple Sclerosis.

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that attacks the nervous system. Symptoms can vary, but in many cases, one will feel weakness, numbness, shaking (tremors), loss of vision, pain, paralyses and loss of balance.

Corrine’s daughter, left to right – Sylvia Henry and Toniette Henry Duncan

Corrine’s day-to-day life was limited due to her illness, but she kept a smile on her face and enjoyed her two children, Sylvia and Toniette. She lived with her parents who provided for her and her children.

On Monday, August 29, 1966, at 12:20 a.m., Corrine died. She was 38 years old. You can read more of her story on page 15 in the Alexandria Times Newspaper at, https://alextimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/5.12.22-Layout.pdf.

Author: cmb12

Char McCargo-Bah is the owner/founder of FindingthingsforU, LLC. She is a professional genealogist, researcher consultant, lecturer, teacher and author coach. She is the author of two books and you can find those books on amazon.com by putting search on her name. She became a Living Legend in Alexandria, Virginia in 2014.

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