Mary Ellen Bell Henderson passed away at Signature Pointe on the Lake in Dallas, Texas on April 12, 2014, after attempting to recover from heart surgery, at the age of 68.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Rhoton Funeral Home located at 1511 S. I-35 East, Carrollton, Texas.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Land of Memory Cemetery located on U.S. 287 North in Palestine, Texas under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home in Palestine.
Mary Ellen was born Oct. 7, 1945, to Bradley and Marie Bell, both of whom lived in Palestine all their lives, and preceded her in death.
Mary Ellen graduated from Palestine High School in 1964 and was looking forward to her 50th class reunion being held in April of this year. She attended Nixon Business School before working as a secretary in the Johnson & Johnson Law Firm in Palestine. She met her husband on a blind date and married him in 1969 and moved to Dallas.
Mary Ellen became an avid scuba diver and had logged over 150 ocean dives around the world as well as traveling and cruising to many different countries. Her main interest was her love of flowers and plants together with her yard. She also loved riding and showing Tennessee Walking Horses for many years and was the winner of the Amateur Owned and Trained Division at the 54th Annual Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration in 1992 at Shelbyville, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; as well as her only brother, Charles Bell, who was married to Peggy Skeins, both of Palestine, who also is deceased.
She is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” W. Henderson, a 1946 Palestine High School graduate; daughter, Lisa Wolgamott and husband Michael Wolgamott, living in McKinney, Texas; and two grandchildren, Bradley Wolgamott and Tyler Wolgamott; and a stepdaughter, Dr. Kathy Church, married to Dr. Fred Church, living in Little Rock, Ark.; and two grandchildren, Katie Church and Daniel Church, also of Little Rock.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Cartmell Home for Aged, 2212 W. Reagan St., Palestine or any charity of your choice.
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