Doris McKenzie Henkhaus

June 25, 1926 - July 27, 2018
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Doris Carmignani McKenzie Henkhaus passed away peacefully Friday, July 27, 2018 at Brookdale Senior Living in San Marcos, TX at the age of 92. Born June 25, 1926 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Galveston, she grew up on the corner of 8th and Broadway above her parents’ grocery store and lived most of her life on the island.  She was proud of her Italian heritage. She attended Galveston ISD schools and Texas Women’s University, earning a BA in music.  Returning to Galveston, Doris began teaching elementary school at Goliad where she met her future husband, Bedford, the Principal.  The duo shared a love of singing, performing at weddings and events.  She taught 5th grade at Island Elementary for many years, sharing her love and creativity with her students.  In her forties, Doris returned to school at the UH main campus for certification to teach ailing children at UTMB and Shriners Burns Hospital.  After retiring, she and Bedford enjoyed traveling the world.  Doris was always an artist.  Her creativity and exceptional energy were abundant in everything she did, from painting and crafts, to cooking, to decorating Christmas trees!  Many of her paintings remain in the homes of friends and patrons.  She was a member and past president of the Galveston Art League. Doris enjoyed her life as a wife, mother, teacher, artist and companion to her many family and friends.

After Bedford’s passing, Doris remarried, recently-widowed Driscoll Henkhaus from Louisiana. They met at an Aggie/TWU college-sponsored dance years before and reconnected through mutual friends 50 years later. Married for almost 20 years, they loved travelling and socializing. In December of 2017, Doris moved from her beloved island to San Marcos to be close to family and away from hurricanes.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Corinto and Teresa (DePuglio) Carmignani, brother Amadeo and sister Anna Marie Carmignani (Tina). Also, preceding Doris was her husband of 46 years, Bedford McKenzie and her husband, Driscoll Henkhaus, along with stepdaughter, Mary Jane Henkhaus.

She is survived by her children, Mike (Phyllis) McKenzie of Santa Fe, TX and Robert (Debbie) McKenzie of San Marcos, TX; stepchildren Martha Houghton (Kevin) of Spring and Jimmy Henkhaus of St. Tammany Parish, LA; her loving grandchildren Cindy, Chris, Emmanuel, Marion, Michael, Nina Joy, Anna Marie and John Gabriel; along with numerous step grandchildren and great grandchildren she dearly loved. Also surviving are numerous cousins still living on the island.

There will be a memorial service at The Meridian, 2228 Seawall Blvd., Galveston on Saturday, August 4 at 3:00 pm, with Reverend Ray Pinard officiating.


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Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm

The Meridian


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Born: June 25, 1926
Died: July 27, 2018

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Daryl Henkhaus posted on 8/10/18

Doris was always kind to me. My son thought of her as a grandmother and she in turn loved him in her own way. Doris was not always the easiest person to get along with, but when you did, you felt the kinship and love she offered. She lived life her way. She will be missed.


Cora Torres Maldonado posted on 8/4/18

My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear mother. I was so fortunate to have been a student in her fifth grade class at Rosenberg elementary school. Years later, my son also had the wonderful opportunity to be in her fifth grade class at Weiss elementary school. Her joyful, loving, and gentle approach to teaching also inspired me to pursue a degree in elementary education. Cora Torres Maldonado


Mike and Hana Case posted on 8/4/18

Our condolence to the family, she was a lovely and accomplished lady who lived her life to the fullest.


Lori Anderson Hoskens posted on 8/4/18

Mrs. McKenzie was always fun to be around. I lived down the street from her for many years on Maple Lane in Galveston. She was a striking woman who went out of her way to get to know people. Always a lady and always happy to see you! My sincere condolences to her family. May they be comforted by their memories.


Kimberly posted on 8/3/18

My condolences and prayers to you on your loss. She was a sweet lady that I had the pleasure of assisting at the meridian.


E.D. Molina posted on 8/2/18

I am sorry for your loss. I send warm and caring thoughts to you and your family. E.D. Molina-former 5thgrade student at Rosenburg Elementary


David Bowers posted on 8/2/18

I always looked forward to seeing Doris at the Galveston Symphony. Our seats were close together. She was cheery and a friend.


Mary Lou Kelso posted on 8/1/18

Doris was a very special friend! As President of The Friends of Moody Gardens for several years, I could always count on Doris to call to confirm she and her husband would be coming to one of our organization fundraisers which helped to bring Galveston school children to the attractions. As time went on, she would call to tell me one of their sons would be driving them. It saddened me to know their life was changing...esp when they moved from their home to The Meridian! I continued to make sure they received invitations so they would know we were thinking about them. Little did I know, my mom and dad grew up close to where Doris lived. My grandparents were on 8th and Ball and Winnie. With being a 5th generation Galvestonian, I find that so unique. Doris will be so missed. May the Lord Bless her family at this difficult time!


pam Wilder posted on 7/31/18

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