Mary Jack Henley passed away peacefully on December 9, 2021, in Poquoson, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henley and her parents, Sallie and Harry Evans, her brother Howard and his wife, Elva Stephens Evans, and her sister, Bettie Messier and her husband Roger Messier. She is survived by her daughters, Jody Henley and Jackie Morrisette and her son-in-law, Calvin Morrisette, Jr., as well as by many nieces and nephews.
At the age of 13 Mary Jack joined Trinity Methodist Church of Poquoson, where she remained an active member for the rest of her life. She served the Methodist Youth Fellowship as president and later served as youth member of the Board of Stewards. She was a member of the Wesley Fellowship Class of her church all of her adult life.
Mary Jack graduated from Poquoson High School in 1943 and was employed by VEPCO. She met her husband in 1948, and they married on October 22, 1949. Mary Jack went to work at Fort Eustis, but she decided to leave in 1957 when she and John adopted their first daughter, Jody Lind. In 1961, Jacqueline Lee completed the family.
As kindergarten was not in the school system in 1964, Mary Jack and four friends convinced their church to sponsor a kindergarten to benefit the church and the community. The idea was well-accepted and preceded preschool in the public school system. Preschool is still available at Trinity UMC.
In 1968 Mary Jack was hired as secretary of Poquoson Elementary School, where she worked for seven years before becoming Secretary for the Superintendent of Schools. She retired after 21 years of service.
Mary Jack loved to travel, and when the Iron Curtain in Russia was lifted she toured Leningrad and Moscow with friends. She returned a few years later with her husband, John. Mary Jack went to many countries, including twice to Germany to see The Passion Play. Mary Jack and John took their daughters to Greece and Turkey. After John passed in 1997 Mary Jack chose to continue her travels, going to Israel twice where she walked the paths that Jesus walked. She visited many other countries, including the British Isles where she kissed the Blarney Stone. Her travels took her to all of the states in the country except Alaska.
During all this time Mary Jack kept busy serving in many capacities in her church and community. She served as Church Treasurer for six years and Lay Leader for three. Mary Jack was a member and past president of Poquoson’s Woman’s Club. She was a Past Matron of Colonial Chapter #40 Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Grand Ruth. Mary Jack was past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #273. She was a member and past president of Trinity United Methodist Women and the Marion Page Circle.
Mary Jack was so thankful to her Heavenly Father for the privileges He has called her to serve and to the wonderful people for sharing in all of it with her, including many friends at the Villa’s and the very special patients and staff of Dominion Village of Poquoson.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, December 13th at Trinity United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church and a burial in Parklawn Memorial Park will immediately follow the service.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist.
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Trinity United Methodist Church
1294 Poquoson Avenue, Poquoson VA 23662