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Mary Jean Henderson

July 24, 1948 - February 5, 2019

Mary Jean Henderson, age 70, of Newark, DE, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

Born in Richland, WA, on July 24, 1948, she was a daughter of the late Thomas F. and Jean V. (Andreason) Mangold. Mary Jean graduated from University of Delaware with a Master’s degree in Education. She dedicated her career as a special education teacher and tutoring, touching the lives of many children.

Mary Jean was always up for a night on the town. She loved to dance and spend time with family and friends, especially at the beach. A true matriarch, Mary Jean enjoyed cooking meals for everyone and baking cookies at Christmas. Her garden was admired by many.

Mary Jean was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her daughters, Sheri Edwards (Russ) of Elkton, MD and Wendy Henderson of Newark, DE; brother, Thomas F. Mangold, Jr. of FL; sister, Suzanne Aldridge of NC; and furry grandbabies, Casey Lyn and Jynx Ryan Edwards.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mary Jean’s memory to the Delaware SPCA, 455 Stanton Christiana Rd, Newark, DE 19713 or the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown Stanton Rd, Newark, DE 19713.

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3 Guestbook messages for Mary Jean Henderson

  • My wife Par and I first met Mary Jean and Gary when we both lived in Red Mill Apartments in the early seventies. We both have two daughters about the same age. We have visited each other off and on ever since. More recently since she had moved back from Florida. She hosted us for dinner several times, and she and I would meet for a drink on occasional Friday nights when I would go out for take out dinner for my wife and I. We will surely miss her.

  • Gary, Sheri, Wendy and Family,
    It’s been a long time since our families have seen each other but we are thinking of you during this hard time. Try to remember all the good times you had together. Donna, Brian and I often think back to all the fun we had at meets and road trips. I see Judy Orth and her daughter Susan often and we love to reminisce about our swim days.
    Gary, I see Nancy Goodridge occasionally and she wonders how you are enjoying your retirement life.
    Hope you are all doing well
    Susan DiPietro
    1100 Lovering Ave
    Wilmington, DE
    302-691-5161

  • So sorry to hear of your mother passing. I taught at Brookside School with her. She worked hard to be the best for her students. I always enjoyed her sense of humor. Sheri, you may remember my daughter Renee. The two of you played with each other outside of school. She was impressed with your swimming. May you and Wendy be consoled knowing that your mother is at peace.