Maggie (Billings) Henson passed away July 12, 2019, at her home and surrounded by her family and friends after a brief struggle with pancreatic cancer.

Maggie will be cremated, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

She was born July 28, 1946, in Springfield to James H. and Mildred (Reeves) Billings, who preceded her in death.

She graduated from Stephens College with a bachelor’s of fine arts in theater in 1967. While at Stephens, Maggie met Albert Lee Henson III, to whom she would be married for the next 46 years, until his passing in 2013. Together, they would have four children and six grandchildren.

In 1990, Maggie and Lee moved from Kansas City to Columbia, where she would become a fixture in the local community theater. Maggie graced the stages at Columbia Entertainment Co., Talking Horse Productions, Maplewood Barn and Curtains Up Columbia.

From 1987, Maggie was a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism and a proud member of the Soka Gakkai International.

Maggie will be forever loved and remembered by her children, Alex Henson (Liza Teodoro) of Richmond, Virginia; Kathy Henson Gehrig (Paul) of Issaquah, Washington; and Nick and Carey Henson of Columbia.

She leaves her six treasured granddaughters, Marcy and Erin Gehrig, Amelia and Anna-Kate Henson and Kallie Henson. She is also survived by her sister, Amy Montebello (Andy) of Strafford; her brother, Jim Billings (Judy) of Springfield; as well as three nieces; her devoted dog, Cedric; a host of friends; and her Buddhist and theater communities.

Maggie’s family wishes to thank her hospice team for its loving care during her final illness.

In lieu of flowers, Maggie would love for you to donate to the Lee Henson Memorial Scholarship at MU, a scholarship that goes to deserving student veterans.

Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, Missouri; 573-449-4153.

Condolences may be left online for the family at

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