Nancy Ann Henley

Feb 22nd, 1934 - Jan 4th, 2021

Service:

Private Graveside Services

Nancy Ann Henley

Nancy Ann Henley, 86, passed away peacefully Jan 4, 2021 in Clarksville, TN due to complications from Covid -19 coronavirus.

Born February 22, 1934 to Alice ‘Fern’ (nee Green) and William ‘Bill’ Howerton in Creal Springs, IL. Nancy and her siblings grew up in Creal Springs before moving to Marion, IL and Nancy attending Marion High School, class of 1951.

Shortly after high school, Nancy met her future husband Richard. They married in 1952, resided in Herrin, IL where they raised a family and were married 67 years.

While raising two children with her husband, Nancy found time to work as well as become an accomplished entrepreneur; working early as a dental assistant, then owner of the local Merle Norman cosmetic studio in Herrin during the 1970’s , and becoming accomplished in electrolysis with her own studio for many years.

As well, she truly enjoyed her weekly ‘lunch bunch’ lasting for years comprised of best friends, as well as a regular bridge group. A penchant for style and fashion, she valued family above all, and loved nothing more than family gatherings.

Endeared to those who knew her, Nancy combined a warmth of sophistication and genuine practicality.

A wife, mother, businesswoman, and loyal friend to all who knew her, she will be deeply missed.

She is preceded in death by her late husband Richard, mother Alice Fern Howerton, father William and brother Harry Dean Howerton; and leaves two children; Ramona (Charles) Alexander of Clarksville, TN; Bruce (Elisa) Henley of Naperville, IL, sister Rainie (John) Goss of Marion, IL; Barbara ‘Bobbie’ Sullins of San Diego, CA and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service for family is planned. Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin is assisting the family with final arrangements.

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17 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Bob & Cheryl Trench – Marion, IL

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 5, 2021

    Mona and Bruce and all of your families ~ We send our deepest sympathy on the death of this beautiful spirit ~ your mother. Nancy meant so much to so many. I see her now with your father, Nancy and Dick, soaring in the heavens together. May sweet memories give you comfort and peace.

  • Guest: Gilbert & Kay Jackson

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 5, 2021

    Rainie Lee and family, we are truly sorry to learn of the passing of Nancy. Please know that we will be praying for you all that God will hold you close and comfort you during this sad time. We are praying for you and the family.

  • Guest: dennis johnson

    From: Orange City, Florida

    Date: January 5, 2021

    Ramona I am sorry to learn of your mother passing.
    Age 5 , my mother send me down to Dr Manfredi’s office for my very first dental visit. Instead of my mother doing the paternal thing n taking me, she just sent me down. I was scared n unsure of what was to occur…your mother was so kind n reassuring. What a gracious soul & i felt her motherly warmth.
    She was very gifted at putting people at ease.
    She made likely her..as easy as Breathing !

  • Guest: Diane Coale

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: January 6, 2021

    Nancy was a wonderful person. I played bridge with her in friendly foursome at various places and lastly while they lived at Holly Brook. She was the first person to greet me when I joined OLMC and soon after asked me to join her on the Welcoming Committee. She was impeccable in her appearance and dressed quite beautiully. I missed her when she moved and will remember her with fondness. So sorry for your loss.

  • Guest: Robert H. Howerton

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: January 6, 2021

    Miss Nancy and Mr. Henley were very much admired, and loved, and, I think, especially among us, who attended Carterville Grade School, where they first began to touch the lives of young people. Our memories of their excellence of character still vividly lives. We are sorry for her loss, but her memory, and Coach Henley’s memory, are a blessing.

  • Guest: George Williams

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 6, 2021

    Nancy and Dick were our friends at Kokopelli, we had many wonderful times and dinners together. We miss them.
    George and Dianna Williams

  • Guest: George & Dianna Williams

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 6, 2021

    Nancy & Dick were our friends & neighbors at Kokopelli. Her gracious manner and sweet spirit will remain a part of her legacy. May Our Lord comfort the family at this time.

  • Guest: Dorothy Hamson

    From: Belle Rive, Illinois

    Date: January 6, 2021

    I had the honor of being part of the lunch group.
    I loved Nancy. She had a strong love for her family and friends. She was a wonderful hostess.
    May God bless Nancy’s family.

    Mona, my husband Dennis passed April 5, 2020.
    He had cancer and lived 9 months following diagnosis.
    Treatment was not successful.
    Hugs to you!

  • Guest: Mr and Mrs Phil Johnston

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 6, 2021

    Nancy and Dick Henley were good neighbors to us for several years. We missed them when they moved. Nancy will be missed by her many friends. We send our condolences to the family.

  • Guest: Mary Lou & Jack Atwood

    From: Carbondale, Illinois

    Date: January 6, 2021

    What wonderful memories of Nancy & Dick we have from way back at MTH days. We date back to their beginning dating days & throughout their married life. They were such a great married couple & such a great couple to have as friends! Please accept our sincere condolences.

  • Guest: carolyn rice

    From: Johnston City, Illinois

    Date: January 6, 2021

    Mona, Bruce and family, so very sorry to learn of your Mothers’ passing. She was always smiling and beautifully dressed. Glad she spent her last year, with you, Mona, and your loving family. Prayers for all.

  • Guest: Ruth cox

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: January 7, 2021

    Sending my deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. She was a beautiful person and I will miss seeing her. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Guest: Karla Rankin

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: January 7, 2021

    Mona and Bruce, my prayers are with you and your families. The last time I saw your parents was when the JOY Singers from my church sang at Hollybrook. Every time I looked over at your parents your mother was standing behind your father in his wheelchair with her hand on his shoulder throughout the whole concert.

  • Guest: Kellie Watts

    From: Saddlebrooke , Missouri

    Date: January 7, 2021

    Oh Mona and Bruce I am so very sorry to hear about your Mom. I always loved her radiant smile and her kindness to me when we were kids and then into adulthood. I know how devastated you must be. Please know I am praying for you and your family.

    Kellie Watts

  • Guest: Carole Crisp Knutzen

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 7, 2021

    So sorry to hear about Nancy, a lovely lady and great lifetime friend !

  • Guest: John & Melody Turner

    From: Carbondale , Illinois

    Date: January 7, 2021

    Nancy was a wonderful neighbor of ours during our time in Kokopelli. She was so kind and very pleasant to Melody and I. We really enjoyed our visits together. I always laughed when she told the story of Dick chasing her out to California to bring her back home. Very good people to have next door. Please have our deepest sympathy.

  • Guest: Ben, Joy, and Henry Bumpus

    From: Clarksville , Tennessee

    Date: January 10, 2021

    Ramona,

    Praying for you all during this difficult time. I also know the pain of losing a parent. But what I’ve found so comforting is celebrating the great life each had. 86 years! Wow! And my Dad was 80! He had a great life. And we have the comfort of knowing that they are longer in pain and fully healed. We will see them again. May the Lord bless you and keep you snd make His face shine upon and be gracious to you the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace Amen Numbers 6:24-26

    Love
    Ben, Joy, and Henry Bumpus