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Anna Leola Henry


Anna Leola Henry, affectionately known by her loving grandchildren as, Nanna, was born on August 25,
1964, in Houston, Texas, to the parents of Paul John Henry Jr. and Carolyn Ann Henry. She received her
formal education from the local schools of Houston, Texas (Houston Independent School District),
including T.M. Thornton Fairchild Elementary, Crispus Attucks Junior High, and graduated class of 1983
at Evan E. Worthing Senior High. Through a work-study program offered by Worthing Sr. High School,
Anna was employed by NASA Space Center where she worked as a secretary. Over the years she has also
worked as a Supervisor for Reliant Stadium and as a Cook for Luby’s Cafeteria.
The second of six children Anna was EVERYBODY’S favorite. Favorite sister, favorite cousin, favorite
auntie, favorite friend. She wasn’t always the favorite mother to her kids…but, what parent is? The
important thing is that she was very well loved by her children and she loved them very much, as well. A
bond, whether prevalent or not, that bond can never be compromised in life nor death. She taught them
the meaning of what TRUE LOVE is – giving, sharing and caring for others less fortunate than
themselves…to be a blessing, even when your own blessings aren’t as fruitful; give generously without
expecting anything in return. Her legacy of love will prevail in the lives of her beloved children for many
generations to come.
Anna loved music, dancing and cooking but most of all she loved spending time with family, particularly
her grandchildren, Layla and London. They lived with their Nanna and she was such a GREAT
grandmother to them. Visiting them for lunch and sitting front row for graduation ceremonies at their
schools. She would never miss an occasion honoring them or any of the other children in the family; if it
were in her will power to be there – she was there. She would take ALL the kids to McDonalds,
Sunnyside Park and St. Frances Catholic Church to attend the annual carnivals. They would either return
home stumbling in the house from exhaustion or bursting down the door from excitement. Either way,
they were “Sugar Wasted”. They absolutely loved going places with her… they knew “Nanna” was going
to spoil them and give them everything their little hearts desired. Somebody, not me, must carry on that
legacy – Those are some large shoes to fill. (Lol)
Although Anna was everybody’s favorite – no one loved her more than God…so, on April 23 rd , He gently
plucked this sweet and precious flower from the garden in which HE planted 55 years ago…and it was at
that time that she went to her heavenly home where she could be a servant in HIS kingdom. She’d
rejoice and serve, in glory, with those that preceded her in death: her eldest son, Darnell Dwayne Reedy
(her, “Poppa-Stoppa”), her father, Paul John Henry Sr., and her niece, Madyson Chandler Henry…Just as
she served, in glory, here on earth, those that she leaves to cherish in her memory…her daughter, Tera
Hudson; son, Terrence Hudson; live-in grandchildren, Layla Hudson and London Hudson; mother,
Carolyn Ann Henry; sisters, Paula Jean Henry, Regina Yvonne Jenkins (Barry), Kathleen Deirdre Henry,
Kelly Kim Henry; her one and only brother, Paul John Henry III (Parathino “Pat”); bonus sisters, Rentis
Rene Reedy, Marilyn Ann Chambers and Adrienne Dionne Mitchell; nieces, Demetria L. Henry, LaKeisha
D. Henry, Rayneisha D. Jenkins, Diamond S. Jenkins, Jaydah N. G. Jenkins, M’Kayla Nelson; nephews,
Patrick G. Love, Eric M. Gray, Andre Banks, Mason Gonzalez, Barry G. Jenkins, Jr., Paul J. Henry IV, Dillon
Anderson and great nieces, Tytianna Henry and Maya McGuire; great nephew, Chris Roberson and
several dozen more (lol), a host of supportive and loving cousins, relatives and friends.
*Special Love and Acknowledgment to Anna’s dearest sis-friend, and our “Fam For Life” Melody
Mayeuax and her son/our nephew, Joe – The Henry Family Loves You Dearly.
Anna - We bid you farewell, until we meet once again…As our Dear Auntie Barbara Mims says it…

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A candle was lit in memory of Anna Henry

Vanessa Burrell May 2 2020 12:00 AM