50 years ago: Bella Henning deemed interesting

In the Dec. 1, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a predecessor of the Cayman Compass, the weekly column “Personality Parade” highlighted a woman from West Bay: 

“Mrs. Thomas Parsons, better known to us as Bella Henning, is an interesting person and has been chosen as this week’s personality. 

“Bella was born and raised in West Bay, the daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Andrew Henning. She attended school until she was 14 years of age, went on take private tuition, and then worked at home for a while. 

“In 1921, she commenced studies in nursing under the late Dr. G. N. Overton and later became a dispenser, working with the same doctor in George Town, where she remained for 14 years. 

“In 1936, Dr. Overton was called to take up a post in Jamaica and Bella went along and assisted him for some time before returning to Cayman. 

“At this stage she took up private nursing until 1946 when, having gained her visa for permanent residence in the USA, she went to Tampa. 

“Still pursuing her chosen career, Bella worked in the Tampa Municipal Hospital until 1949, when she resigned to marry the late Mr. Thomas Parsons. 

“From then until 1960, home was in Port Arthur, Texas, but when Mr. Parsons retired, they went to Hollywood, Fla. to live. 

“Since August last, Mrs. Parsons has been in West Bay visiting relatives and friends, but she expects soon to return to her Hollywood home. 

“Bella’s life has been one of service to others and especially to this island in the days when there was only one doctor and no hospital. She is beloved by all who know her for her genial acts and lovely disposition. As a nurse, she was always untiring in her efforts and we salute her as one of Cayman’s fine women.” 

50 years ago: Bella Henning deemed interesting