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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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