Essie Mae Henry was born on September 26, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio to Ruby Davis-Howell and James Howell. She was the eldest daughter of six children born of this union. Her parents and two siblings (Roosevelt and Sterling) have proceeded her in death.
Essie accepted Christ at an early age. She was baptized at East Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she served for many years on various committees and sung in the choir. She later joined Second Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, where she continued her Christian journey and continued to serve as a willing worker.
Essie attended Cleveland Metropolitan Schools and graduated from John Hay High School, Cleveland, Ohio. She excelled in many areas of study and attended classes at Fenn College. Essie also worked for a period in sales and food service. Soon thereafter she met her partner for life Gordon Henry Jr.(deceased); they were committed in marriage for over 70 yrs. Essie loved her role as a wife, homemaker, and caregiver. She would often remind us that she was a ‘’Jack of all trades” and “Home engineer” which saved the family a lot of money over the years. Essie had many hobbies that included working in her yard, cooking, sewing, reading and she had a flare for fashion. Essie wanted to stay informed of current events and frequently walked to the library and around her neighborhood.
Essie transitioned on November 4, 2021 to be with the Lord. She will be remembered for her faith, courage, and conviction. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She leaves to cherish her memory, her children; Patrick, Alan, Balinda, and Marcus; brother, Owens Howell (Dorothy); sisters Juanita Howell (Sanders), and Altimease Howell; brother-in-law, Jessie Henry; all from greater Cleveland, Ohio; along with eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren , nieces, nephews, and a host of relative and friends.
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