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Jennie Lynn Henderson

December 27, 2020


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Jennie Lynn Henderson

December 27, 2020


Jennie Lynn Henderson, 66 of Wilkes-Barre, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, December 27, 2020.


Born August 28, 1954, Wilkes-Barre, PA, daughter of the late James A. and Susie Allen Henderson.


She was a 1972 Graduate of GAR Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre, PA.   At a young age, she developed a strong interest in art and attended Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA, majoring in art and music. She graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  She also excelled in field hockey and had a passion for playing the organ.  Jennie was a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority and one of the founders of the Black Awareness Association (BAA) at Mansfield (State) University.


Jennie accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age.  During the course of her Spiritual Journal, she held memberships at Berean Baptist Church, Bethel A.M.E. Church, both of Wilkes-Barre, PA and Ebenezer Baptist Church, Plymouth, PA. Jennie was a mighty force in every church and community that she served in. Jennie was a beloved and active member of The First Baptist Church of Pittston, Pittston, PA at her passing. She served as trustee, Sunday School teacher, chair of Women’s Fellowship, choir member, usher, and a key member of the willing workers and many other ministries; she responded to her “call to serve” without reservation. One of her greatest ministries was keeping order. She was very active and supportive in outreach ministry; planning and preparing meals, showing off her culinary skills at the church and the community. Jennie would prepare meals for the sick and shut-in in the community to be delivered by her brother, Glen. She was a jewel in the church and community and will be missed by all.


She is predeceased by both parents, her sisters, Carol Ann Watson, Clara Jean Henderson, and her brother-in-law, Kerry G. Nolan.


She leaves to cherish her memory, sisters, Becky Heath (Richard), Avondale AZ; Minnie Nolan, Greenville, NC; Brothers; James A. Henderson and Glen Henderson, both of Wilkes-Barre; Johnie Henderson (Debbie) Scranton, PA.  Uncles; Frank Allen, Wilkes-Barre, PA, James L. Allen, Raleigh, NC.  Aunts; Allie G. Harris (Nathan), Philadelphia, PA Ernestine Oliver (Edward), Lilly Knight, Beverly Zimmerman (Charles) all of Durham, NC; Linda Goodwin, Mount Holly, NJ, Vivian Henderson, Atlanta, GA; Uncles; Frank Allen, Wilkes-Barre, PA, James L. Allen, Raleigh, NC, and Julius Henderson Jr, Durham, NC and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.


Jennie held numerous jobs and positions, the most memorable employment was at Malloy Nursing Home in New Jersey, Little Flower Manor, and Valley Crest, Wilkes-Barre, PA. where she could utilize her talent in art and music.  She also worked at Seafood Emporium, Edwardsville, PA; Taj Mahal and Caesar Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey and retired from Mohegan Sun, Wilkes-Barre, PA as a Swing Cage Shift Manager.   She never hesitated to assist at Pizza Bella, Wilkes-Barre, PA and Chackos Family Bowling Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA whenever needed.


Jennie loved to bowl at Stanton Lanes in the Crisnics Bowling League and at Chackos Family Bowling Center. She was an avid traveler with travel adventures and cruises especially with Anne Chacko Libby and the ladies of her Stanton Bowling team and Chackos Bowling Center Family.  She had an incredible sense of humor and an infectious smile. She was a friend to many and a great traveling companion to all those who had the opportunity to travel with her.


Jennie loved and adored her cats, and was the matriarch aunt who took great pride in her nieces and nephews and was involved in their lives especially her niece Tammy.  She was always there for them when needed and only had to say “Alright now, cut it out” to get them back on the right track. Family meant everything to her. So, let her legacy live on through each and every one of us.


Jennie had a great pride and love for her family and friends and showed it continuously. She was tireless, selfless, strong, tough and gentle, always thinking of others by lending a helping hand. She was the total package with an unconditional giving, generous understanding and extremely loving heart.


Friends may call on Tuesday, January 5th from 5 – 8 pm at the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic at the request of the family, the funeral will be private.   Her Pastor, Rev. James H. Breese will officiate.  Interment will follow on Thursday, January 7th at 11am in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township, PA.


Those attending the visitation are required to wear a mask and abide by State social distancing requirements.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jennie’s name to the First Baptist Church, 8 Water Street, Pittston or to the American Cancer Society.


Condolences may be sent by visiting Jennie’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.