Family and friends formally lay to rest 'Girlie' Henriksen in the Wynarka cemetery

VALE: On Thursday, November 25 'Girlie' Henriksen was formally laid to rest in the Wynarka cemetery by friends and family. Photo: Supplied.
VALE: On Thursday, November 25 'Girlie' Henriksen was formally laid to rest in the Wynarka cemetery by friends and family. Photo: Supplied.

On Thursday, November 25 'Girlie' Henriksen was formally laid to rest in the Wynarka cemetery.

The ceremony was in the presence of family and a number of local identities including Council CEO Martin Borgas. The service was led by Don Loller a local lay preacher from Karoonda.

'Girlie Henriksen' was the Granddaughter of John James Chenoweth and Sophia (nee Hunt) a pioneer farmer in the Wynarka area in the late 1910/early 1920's

John, together with sons and son-in-law, farmed adjacent to where the Wynarka cemetery is located and were instrumental in building the Wynarka Methodist Church which now sits in the Karoonda Pioneer Park.

'Girlie', unnamed at birth, was the second child of Haakon Daniel Henriksen and Alice (nee Chenoweth) and born on November 25, 1921 but tragically lived for only four hours.

It was always thought that 'Girlie' was laid to rest at Wynarka but Council records do not support this 1921.

A family diary entry contradicts this.

Great Great Grandchildren of John and Sophia have erected a memorial in the Wynarka cemetery to ensure that she is not forgotten.

The family would like to thank CEO Martin Borgas and Don Loller for their support in achieving this goal.

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