LAKE WENATCHEE — Nancy Bart walks by the gravesite along the White River Road every day.
Two crosses mark the final resting place of Eunice Henry, one of the earliest settlers in the forested valley west of Lake Wenatchee.
Little is known of her life, but this year is the 100th anniversary of her death. And Bart thought that was reason enough to celebrate the life of a woman who left no big mark on the world and has no known surviving family.
The first Eunice Henry Day will be held Saturday. It will start at 3 p.m. at her gravesite, located a little over a mile up the White River Road.
Flowers will be laid on her grave, and people will be invited to share “a legend or two (or 10)” about her life and death. They will also sing a song, written by local resident Becky Fishburn, about Henry.
Her grave marker says she was born in 1831 and died in 1913. An obituary that ran in the Leavenworth Echo at the time of her death said she was living with her brother and sister on the family’s farm at the time of her death. It states that she had been in failing health and the doctor was unable to reach her home because of inclement weather.
The burial site is located on the site of her family farm.
“We are intrigued by her,” Bart said. “Nobody knows much about her. She wasn’t anyone signficant — just one of our earlier settlers. Hers is one of the few marked graves in the area.”
Anyone with a connection to the White River or an interest in local history is invited to the inaugural event. Bob Duncan of Wenatchee, who grew up in the valley and whose grandfather performed the funeral for Henry, will be on hand.
“It’ll be just a fun and funky gathering, an excuse to pull the neighbors together,” said Bart, whose has been trying to collect the history of the White River from living descendants of the valley’s early settlers.