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Diane Henderson

Diane Henderson

January 22, 1952 - July 24, 2017     Age: 65

Mrs. Diane E. Henderson, age 65, of Yulee, FL passed away on Monday morning, July 24, 2017 at her home.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, she was the middle of three children born to the late Floyd Herbert Parsons and Dolores Emile Wickward.  As a teenager her family moved to Atlantic Beach, FL where she graduated from Fletcher High School.  While living in Atlantic Beach she met, James Hardy Henderson, a sailor stationed at Mayport Naval Station.  After high school they married and made their first home in Atlantic Beach.   Her husband eventually received orders to Kings Bay Naval Station which allowed the  family to move to Yulee.  The Hendersons remained in Yulee where they raised their two children.  Since settling in Nassau County, Mrs. Henderson has worked as a Census Taker with the U.S. Census Bureau.

She and her husband had been longtime members of Yulee United Methodist Church where Mrs. Henderson was the former Choir Director, Youth Group Director and a member of the Red Hat Ladies.

She enjoyed delivering singing telegrams for which she earned the name of “Red Hot Mama”.  As a wife and mother, she coveted her time with family and friends, singing and Bingo at the Yulee Lions Club.

She is preceded in death by her husband who passed away in 2012 and a brother Floyd Parsons.

Mrs. Henderson leaves behind her son, Nathan Henderson (Marie), her daughter, Kristina Henderson (Manessa), all of Yulee, FL a brother, Skip Parsons, AZ, a grandson, Jackson Gilpin, a nephew, J. T. and a niece, Michelle.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Yulee United Methodist Church with Reverend  Charlie Sward, officiating.

The Red Hat Ladies will serve as and be recognized as Honorary Pallbearers

Mrs. Henderson will be laid to rest with her husband in Jacksonville National Cemetery,

Her family will receive friends on Saturday, at the church, from 10:00 am until the hour of service

8 Condolences

  • Julie Traylor Posted July 24, 2017 10:18 pm

    Mrs. Diane was such a sweet woman.
    We will miss Granny Sparkles and her beautiful voice. I can imagine the choir in heaven is gonna have some soul know that Mrs. Diane has joined them. All my love to the Henderson family.

  • Julie Traylor Posted July 24, 2017 10:19 pm

    Mrs. Diane was such a sweet woman.
    We will miss Granny Sparkles and her beautiful voice. I can imagine the choir in heaven is gonna have some soul now that Mrs. Diane has joined them. All my love to the Henderson family.

  • Gail Cook Posted July 25, 2017 9:30 am

    Nathan and Kristina though it has been many years ago I still have memories and pictures of your mama performing with the dancing group from Julanne’s School of Dance in Washington D.C. Your mother was so instrumental in setting everything up and we got to go along for the ride and the special time. We have all gone our separate ways as our kids have grown up, but your mother had such a jest for life and she made everyone feel good to be around her. May God give you peace and comfort as you remember all of the good times.

  • Roberta Van Dam Posted July 25, 2017 3:17 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Kristi and Nathan. I will be keeping you all in my prayers.

  • Marty Cleghorn Posted July 25, 2017 10:02 pm

    May God bless the Henderson family with the knowledge that Jim & Diane are together again and at peace. When I first met Diane she had the voice of an angel & I was saddened as her condition worsened but imagine she is singing again.

  • Nanette and Gary Autry,, Sr, and Gary autry, Jr. Posted July 26, 2017 2:07 pm

    Nathan and Kristina, I was very saddened when I heard of your mother’s passing. She was one-in-a million, and a great friend. I willfondly remember her dedication to the Musical Theatre Parents Assciation, the Madriga Dinners and the Faculty Follows. She made everything a family affair!!! She was such a creative and energetic spirit who believed anything was possible. Thank you both for being a part of my artistic journey. It was because of you, I was able to know “Red Hot Mama,” And “If you miss her from singing down here, and you can’t find her nowhere, come on up yo bright glory, she’ll be singing up there!!!” May God keep you in His Care.

  • Nathaniel J Henderson Posted July 26, 2017 8:30 pm

    Mom you always made life fun and never a dull moment you always made us better. I will miss you but always love you.

  • Kandis Posted July 26, 2017 9:57 pm

    I am so sorry to hear that ‘Mom’ Diane has left her earthly body but am happy that she has her heavenly body with no pain or sorrow and is reunited with Jim and singing with the angels. Kristi and Nathan, please know that my prayers are with you all and I’m here if you need anything at alll. I will always have a special place in my heart for all of you. ??

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