In Loving Memory
January 14, 1927 – February 26, 2018
Anna Marie Gregory Henderson, 91, passed on to heaven on Monday evening, February 26, 2018. She was born on Dyer Street in Elizabeth City, NC on January 14, 1927 to Anna Johnson Gregory Wentworth and Malcolm E. Gregory.
Miss Anna, as she was known in later years, was a delight to all who met her. She was a proud North Carolinian and lover of family heritage. She carried the Johnson trait of never being able to throw anything away, a fact demonstrated by the perpetually out of date jams and condiments in her refrigerator. Along with treasured lamps and antique books, there were cracked plates and old medicines found in her bathroom cabinets, kept because, as she said, “It belonged to someone in the family.” She advised that there was always time to say thank you, that cooked squash was, “Not necessary,” and, “A lady doesn’t smoke on the street.”
As a teen, Miss Anna enjoyed being a flag bearer and majorette in the Elizabeth City High School band. As a young woman she was an operator, saying,“Number, please,” for the Carolina Telephone and Telegraph Company, a job from which she was fired for talking too much to callers she knew. Her favorite music was Swing; she recalled attending dances with the big bands at the Casino in Nags Head. She retired from waitressing at the Marina Restaurant on the Camden Causeway, where she knew more than she needed to know about a lot of people, and kept it to herself. She lived many places from Florida to Alaska and parts in between. There was no stain she could not remove and no word she could not spell. She was an avid reader of books of all subjects from the Bible to history to UFOs to steamy novels by Harold Robbins and sweet ones by Ann B. Ross. She kept up with all news and political intrigue by listening on her short-wave radio deep into the night to such programs as Coast-to-Coast. She spent the last four years of her life blind and using a walker so swiftly that attendants had to chase her down.
Miss Anna was greeted in heaven by her husband, Harold D. Henderson, and her adored son-in-law, James Matlock, and a host of family and friends who went before her. Her spirit is carried on in her beloved children, grandchildren, and various cousins, whose pictures grace the hall-of-fame wall of her sitting room: her daughter, Curtiss Ann Matlock, and sons David (wife Jean) and Douglas (wife Donna), six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She led a long, full life and leaves a legacy of love and laughter, unbeatable perseverance, along with a pickup load of Goodwill donations and a twenty-five year old recliner that might be donated to the Smithsonian. She believed firmly in Jesus, her Lord and Savior and is rejoicing in heaven. She will be missed here on earth.
Miss Anna suffered from Celiac disease, and if so inclined, the family asks that donations be made in her honor to the Gluten Intolerance Group, online at https://donorlynk.com/gluten/giving-form/, or by mail to: GIG, 31214 124th Ave. SE, Auburn, WA 98092, or to any charitable organization of your choice. Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home in Daphne, AL is assisting the family.