Henthorn honored with drive

WELLSBURG – From members of the Wellsburg Women of the Moose to the athletes in the Brooke County Special Olympics program, those who knew Margie Henthorn remember her cheerful, giving nature.

It’s fitting, then, that the next American Red Cross blood drive to be hosted by the Wellsburg Moose Lodge on Nov. 16 has been named in her honor.

The drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the lodge at 844 Main St. There will be doughnuts for morning donors and a hot lunch for those who give in the afternoon. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments also may be made by calling Linda Porreca at (740) 264-4286 or (304) 737-1552.

“Margie rarely missed giving at our blood drives, unless her iron was too low. And then she was not too happy about it,” Joyce McAlpine, a fellow member of the Wellsburg Women of the Moose, said of Henthorn, who died on Aug. 4 of cancer.

Henthorn, who was 46, also was a long-time athlete in the Brooke County Special Olympics program, where she participated in cheerleading and bocce.

Asked what her daughter liked best about Special Olympics, Laura Henthorn said, “She liked it all – she loved the friendship and the competition.”

She said through Special Olympics her daughter made many friends, both locally and away, and while participating in regional and state competitions, enjoyed seeing athletes from other counties she had met at previous events.

Diagnosed with cancer in November 2012, she continued to participate in Special Olympics, as much as her health would allow, until June, when she lacked the strength to do so.

Laura said of her daughter’s battle with cancer, “she gave it a fight and she hardly complained at all.”

At her request, several Brooke County Special Olympics athletes served as her pall bearers.

Margie, who also was a member of the Tower of Power Church in Steubenville, joined the Wellsburg Women of the Moose with her mother.

“She always enjoyed doing whatever they did to help the community,” Laura said.

But most of all, she loved to give blood, she noted.

Asked how she would feel to have a blood drive named in her honor, Laura said, “she’s watching over us and she’s loving it.”

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@heraldstaronline.com.)