Mary Louise Engle Henderson, 96, formerly of Weirton, W.Va., died on Sunday January 9, 2022 in Newark, Ohio.
She was born on February 2, 1925 in Washington, Pennsylvania, to the late Glenn and Helen Davis Engle. She graduated from Trinity High School in 1943 and was a clerk for the Washington City Water Department after graduation until her marriage to George R. Henderson in 1947.
The couple moved to Weirton, Virginia, where they resided for several decades.
While in Weirton, Louise was a member of the Weirton Women’s Club, Pleasant Valley Country Club, Cove United Presbyterian Church, where she served on the board of directors and was president of the Women’s Association and past president. of the Weirton Memorial. Auxiliary of hospital women. She has also been active for many years in the PTAs of Millsop, Edgewood, Follansbee and Brooke High Schools, and has been a leader for Campfire Girl Scouts and Girl Scouts.
The couple retired to Sun Lakes, Arizona in 1987. Louise has been actively involved in many clubs and organizations in the retirement community, including golf, cards, bingo, and line dancing.
She was a remarkable seamstress; his creations over the years have dressed us and decorated our homes. During his retirement, his flagship creation were teddy bears; she made and donated over 150 to her family and friends.
Louise was also the author of a cookbook containing over 100 multigenerational recipes which also included anecdotal stories for each entree; her red velvet cake was the centerpiece of many celebrations. Louise believed that every dish was an edible “I love you”.
In September 2019, Louise “gave up housekeeping” and moved to Ohio to live with her daughter, Lori and her family, and resided there until her death.
Louise and George celebrated 61 years of marriage before his death.
She is survived by their daughters, Carol Henderson and Denise Tucker, of Sun Lakes, Arizona, and Lori (John) Mazzone, of Newark, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Jennifer (David) Breen, Aimee (Kyle) Aldous, Melissa (Rob) Donaldson, Bobbie Lynn (Brandon) Repp, Nicholas Mazzone, Jessica Mazzone, Christine (Stephen) Travis and Mitchell Mazzone; and six great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her siblings, Robert Glenn Engle, Jr., Joseph Engle, Helen Marie McCullough, Marjorie Dale Polen and Donald Engle.
She is survived by her siblings, Betty Jean Andrew, Lois Shaw and Fredrick Engle; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She will be buried at the Arizona National Memorial Cemetery, alongside her husband, following family memorial services in Washington and Sun Lakes, Arizona.
She will be dearly missed and will be remembered with joy as a true matriarch of our family. She connected us all.
Thank you for being just you and loving us like you did. To whom we know you would say, “Love you more.”
Posted by Observer-Reporter on January 12, 2022.