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
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