Karen Henderson Ellis • March 8, 2020

Karen Henderson Ellis passed away quietly on Sunday, March 8, 2020 after fighting a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Waynesboro, Mississippi and lived in Mobile, Alabama before moving to Pensacola 49 years ago. She graduated from Pine Forest High School and received her AS degree from Pensacola State College. She was a member of Bellview Baptist Church and the Red Hat Society.

Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Behind her quiet smile, she was strong and courageous. She was a daughter, sister, aunt, friend, mother and grandmother and she was surrounded by love until the very end. Karen loved to watch Alabama football and spend time with her beloved puppies, Nicki, Saban and BB (Bear Bryant) and attending activities and fellowship with her Red Hat Society members.

Karen worked for Navy Federal Credit Union as a Customer Service Representative for 11 years. Prior to that she worked for Security Fastener Corporation, Instrument Control Service (ICS) and Levin Papantonio. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Murdock and Mildred Henderson, Coley and Agnes Reagan and her uncle Robert Earl Schell, her aunt Rubye Jordan, uncles Joe Henderson and James Henderson (Janell).

Karen is survived by her parents William Garland Henderson (Ruthie) and Mary Ann Henderson Phillips (Westley) and her brother William G. Henderson Jr (Cindy). Her brother Josh Warren. Her nephews Garrett Henderson (Pam), Zack Henderson (Kendall) and great nephews and niece, Wheeler, Davies and Campbell Henderson.

Karen is also survived by her daughter Heather Mayo, grandchildren Robert Worden, Lily Worden, Cameron Mayo Holmes (James),
Evan Mayo, O’Shea Crofton and many other close family and friends.

Special thanks to Karen’s lifelong best friends, Sheri Dicus and Suzie Page, her physician Dr. Ibrahim and his nurse Jane Webb and family friend Beth Lucas. Their support and inspiration have been immeasurable.

Words cannot express the immense gratitude for our mother Mary Ann Henderson Phillips and stepfather Robert Westley Phillips for their selfless devotion to Karen and her grandchildren. Because of them she was able to live her best life surrounded by her precious family.

A visitation will be held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 2:00PM with a service beginning at 3:00PM.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made online to:

The Seven Project

American Cancer Society

Covenant Hospice Sacred Heart Pensacola

  1. Sherie Page Docus says:

    My best friend will be so sorely missed. Thank you for some of the best times of my life. You hold some of my deepest secrets and I will still tell you secrets in my prayers. I love you, my K-roni💜

  2. Donna Smith Johnston says:

    Such a loving and sweet spirit. My heart grieves with each of you. Much love and prayers for comfort for each of you.

  3. Eddie Zarahn says:

    I am sooo sorry. Karen was a warrior. She is in heaven now looking down having a good time in eternity with Jesus..
    prayers for all

  4. Prayers to family and Friends of karen.

  5. Beth Davis Lucas says:

    The Henderson and Lucas families met shortly after they moved from Mobile to Pensacola and it was love at first sight.Our families became inseparable, our sons playing ball together at Bellview Ballpark, we visited each others’ homes all the time, we ate together, played together, fished together mostly on Tensaw River where we owned a cabin on the river together, Mary and I went to exercise classes together, we went to the bank ballgames where Mary pitched. Our lives were interwoven in every way. And what God has joined together, let no man put asunder. We have remained lifelong friends. For what now seems like an eternity, Karen bravely fought every health problem that attacked her body. She fought a good fight, with God and her loving and devoted family helping and encouraging her all the way. When God saw the time was right and Karen was ready for the trip to her new mansion in Heaven, His angels quietly and peacefully ushered her to the place where we the believers will join her someday for all eternity. I pray God will continue to bless Karen’s precious family and all her loved ones and friends. May they all experience wonderful memories and a peace from the Lord which surpasses all understanding. May you experience the presence of Jesus our Lord and Savior, as well as the precious Holy Spirit who indwells you. In Jesus’ precious Name I pray. Amen and Amen.

  6. Joann Yates says:

    Mary, I’m so sorry for your great loss. Her pain and suffering are over. I hope you find comfort and peace in these next days ahead.

  7. Carolyn says:

    Mary and Family,
    So sorry for the loss of your dear Karen. Strength and
    comfort to each of you.

  8. Dawn Schulze says:

    So many summers spent growing up at Karen’s house. You will be sorely missed. Fly high!

  9. Debbie Lang Hess says:

    Prayers for Karen’s family an friends. I have a lot of great memories of Karen from our high school yrs . She was so sweet an kind an always thoughtful. I’m so Blessed to have known her. I know she’ll be missed.

  10. Frank & Susan Fillingim says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Your great loss of your precious Karen. She put up a strong fight but God needed her more. She was one of a kind with such a loving heart. She will be missed by all, especially her loving family. Sending prayers for sweet Karen, and many prayers of comfort for her families at this sad time. ✝️

  11. Jeff Bailey says:

    So sorry for your lost Karen was like a second sister to me I’ll miss her dearly

  12. Mary Henderson-Phillips says:

    Thank you everyone for your lovely precious comments about my beautiful darling daughter. I know she was loved by many. Your comments tell me you truly cared for her and our family. Thank you for your prayers during the most difficult time in my life

  13. Melinda says:

    Oh Karen, it’s been decades since we spoke but I have such fond memories of you in HS. You were always so kind and compassionate. May you enjoy eternal life and peace until we meet again! Soar higher than an eagle in the arms of God!
    Love,,Melinda Caddell Gambino

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