Mrs. Nancy Henslee Henderson of Shreveport passed away on Monday, May 22, 2023, at age 78, after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Nancy was born on November 30, 1944, to Martha and Walter Henslee in Galveston, Texas, where she graduated from Ball High School in 1962. After two years at Wellesley College, she married Ralph, her life’s companion of nearly 59 years. Several years and two children later she completed her Bachelor of Arts at Centenary College. She went on to earn her CPA and worked as Accounting Manager for Barksdale Federal Credit Union until retiring in 2003.
Throughout the years, Nancy showed her love of Christ through her devotion to family and her dedication to the ministry of her church. In 1964 Nancy married fellow Galvestonian, Ralph J. Henderson, Jr. The couple were proud parents to two children, Jonathan and Pamela. Nana particularly adored her six grandchildren and loved following their journeys and cheering them on in life. She served the church community in many ways over the years—directing children’s choirs, producing the church newsletter, serving as a deacon and elder, and joining the prayer group to lift others in prayer.
Over the years, Nancy shared her gift of music singing with the Shreveport Choral Ensemble, in Gilbert & Sullivan Society productions, and most recently with The Singing Seniors. Of all her vocal offerings, she most valued singing to the Lord with the choir in worship. She also enjoyed reading, needle crafts, games with family, and traveling. The family would like to extend special thanks to the medical professionals and caregivers who worked to give her quality of life in her final years.
Nancy was preceded in death by both parents and her brother, Lee W. Henslee, III. Her memory will be cherished by her husband, Ralph J. Henderson, Jr., and her children, Jonathan Henderson (Leigh) of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Pamela Leach (Jeffrey) of York, Pennsylvania. She is also survived by her sisters Sarah Buehrer and Frances Arnold, as well as grandchildren: John Parker Henderson (Mallory), Lucas Henderson (Haley), Hanna Meg Leach, Kay Ellen Henderson, Meryl Henderson, and Juliana Leach.
A family graveside service was held at Forest Park Cemetery. A larger celebration of life will be held at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church on Saturday, July 8, 2023, 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Broadmoor Presbyterian Church or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
Posted online on May 25, 2023
Published in The Shreveport Times