[pullquote quote=”You might have had the woman with the starched white cap high atop a mane of red hair as your nurse to welcome you into the world.”]In 1925, Henrietta was the name you got when your parents were hoping for a boy but had to accept the alternative. She preferred Babe, reflecting her place in the family order, and proved to be as good as any man, becoming a registered nurse and, along with her sister Christine, founding Elim Christian School in Palos Heights, a place where those with autism, cerebral palsy and Down’s Syndrome are recognized, not as cursed, but as people who are actually closer to God than anyone. She then returned to health care and, if you went to the maternity ward on the south side at Little Company of Mary or Christ Hospital in the sixties or seventies, you might have had the woman with the starched white cap high atop a mane of red hair as your nurse to welcome you into the world or, if things went badly, to show you the way out. Babe fell to dementia yesterday in a Florida hospice. She was 84 years old. She was uninterested in modern music, but appreciated the classics. This was one of her favorites. She would want you to play it loud…loud enough to wake the dead.