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Obituaries

Obituaries

Barbara Enlow Henshall 1921 - 2006 Chanute

Services for Barbara Enlow Henshall, 85, Chanute, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace Episcopal Church in Chanute. Private burial will be later.Mrs. Henshall died Thursday, June 8, 2006, at a Topeka care facility.She was born March 26, 1921, in Fort Collins, Colo., the daughter of Charles Ranger and Ruth Thomas Enlow. She attended Blair High School in Montgomery County, Md., and graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in general science in 1942.Mrs. Henshall briefly worked for the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and then the Des Moines Playground Recreation Commission from 1942 to 1943. She worked as a code breaker for the Military Intelligence Division of the War Department in Washington, D.C., from 1943 to 1945. She moved in 1946 to Chanute, where she worked as a children's librarian and then as her husband's legal secretary from 1949 to 1950.She was a longtime volunteer at the Osa and Martin Johnson Safari Museum in Chanute. She helped create the library's archives, which were named after her, and was recognized as the world's leading authority on the Johnsons' photographs. She served as photo editor for two books on the Johnsons and was credited in the Explorer's Journal and the television series "Travels." She was a consultant for "The Adventure Lovers," an award-winning documentary on the Johnsons. She wrote the booklet "Empty Masks" and numerous articles for the American Association of Museum Volunteers.At the museum she served as curator of collections, director, membership chair, board member and president of SAMS and secretary-treasurer of the board of trustees. The museum's volunteer award is named after her. She was a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and received the Kansas Museum Assn.'s distinguished service award and Chanute's citizenship award.Mrs. Henshall was a member and supporter of Grace Episcopal Church, Chanute Chamber of Commerce, Chanute Community Theatre, Chanute Art Gallery and Arts and Literature Club. She was a Girl Scout leader for 11 years.She was married to Charles Edgar Henshall, who died earlier. She also was preceded in death by a son, Charles Austin Henshall, and a brother, Robert Enlow.Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Henshall, Lawrence; a sister, Marcia Berg, Grand Rapids, Minn.; a granddaughter, Heather Henshall; and a great-grandson, Ridge Alexander Melo.The family suggests memorials to the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, 111 N. Lincoln Ave., Chanute 66720, or the church, 209 S. Lincoln, Chanute 66720.