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Arla Henderson

August 7, 1951 — December 26, 2023

Alamosa, Colorado

Arla Henderson


Arla's Celebration of Life will be live-streamed from the Society Hall Facebook page

August 7, 1951 - December 26, 2023

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a vibrant, smart, and incredibly funny woman, Arla Henderson, who departed from this world on December 26, 2023. Born on August 7, 1951, in Fort Knox, Kentucky, her journey through life was a whirlwind of excitement, tenacity, and a deep love of learning and exploring new things.

A registered nurse by profession, Arla Henderson was not just a beacon of compassion and expertise; she was a vibrant and radiant presence that touched countless lives. Fluent in Spanish, her commitment to caring for others was an inspiration to her colleagues and a soothing balm to her Spanish speaking patients. Arla was not only a devoted caregiver in the hospital but also at home, where she poured her heart into caring for her grandson Peyton, as his home health nurse. Nurturing him with love and compassion that only she could deliver.

A lifelong learner who continuously sought to expand her horizons, at the age of 58, she earned her second bachelor's degree, in Psychology, a testament to her unwavering dedication to knowledge and personal growth. This achievement opened new doors for her, leading to becoming a licensed hypnotherapist, a Reiki healer, and a certified holistic nurse. Her holistic approach to healthcare reflected her dedication to the well-being of the whole person, body, mind, and spirit, keeping her patients feeling truly alive.

But Arla was not just alive; she was a wild firecracker of humor and wit. Her laughter was infectious, and her funny anecdotes could light up a room with joy. Her practical jokes and quick comebacks were legendary, bringing laughter and joy to everyone fortunate enough to know her.

Arla's creativity and zest for life didn't stop at nursing; she had a remarkable and heartwarming musical talent. Operating a singing telegram business, she fearlessly ventured into people's lives, sharing in their celebrations and adding her own magical touch. With quick wit and soulful songwriting, she crafted and sang unique telegrams, delivering messages of love, laughter, and heartfelt connection. Her songs were more than melodies; they were powerful memories cherished forever.

Arla leaves behind a legacy of laughter, love, and cherished memories that will be treasured for generations to come. She wasn't just smart and funny; she was a force of nature, a dynamic soul, and a source of inspiration and joy to all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her memory will live on forever in the hearts of her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband Neil Henderson, Children Charles (Sheila) Sanchez, Jodi Sanchez, and Dana Sanchez. Her grandchildren Tyler Weaver, Peyton Sanchez, Landon Sanchez, and Markis Sandoval, as well as her siblings Ruthie Nelson, Jeff Seamster, Dede Schwartz, Rob (Kathy) Seamster, An ie (Jim) Andreoni, sister of the heart, Deb Dawkins, as well as countless other close family members and friends.

She is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Violet and Arthur Puebla, her paternal grandmother, Dorothy Braun, her parents Jim and Nancy Seamster, and her brother Jim Seamster.

As we bid farewell to this radiant and vivacious woman, let us remember the laughter, love, and unforgettable moments she shared with us. May her soul rest in eternal peace, and may her memory continue to inspire us to live life to the fullest, just as she did.

A celebration of Arla Henderson's incredible life will be held at 5:00 pm on Friday January 5, 2024 at Society Hall in Alamosa, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests you plant a tree in honor of her love of nature through A living tribute via this link When completing the order, please use the following shipping address so that we can thank those who have planted a tree in her honor.  Mountain Valley Mortuary 504 4th Avenue Monte Vista, Colorado 81144 all information will be forwarded to the family through the funeral home.


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