BEVERLY — Elizabeth S. (Mahoney) Henderson, 81, died Thursday, June 10, 2010 at Kaplan Family Hospice House following a brief illness.
She was the loving wife of James H. Henderson with whom she shared 55 years of marriage. Born in Peabody, daughter of the late James J. and Hazel A. (Hummrich) Mahoney.
Betty was educated through Marblehead Public Schools and acquired her teaching degree from Leslie College in Boston. Her first school system in a long line of teaching positions was in Swampscott. In 1955 Betty met and married James H. Henderson, a career military man. During her tenure as a military wife, she taught in many locations from Virginia to Illinois and Maine to Massachusetts. Betty's last teaching position was at the Brown School located on Conant Street in North Beverly.
Later Betty took her teaching to a higher level, when, as part of the United States Coast Guard Wife's Club, helping enlisted men and women to improve their reading ability so that they could pass military exams for promotions.
Betty was an avid traveler. She traveled to Norway, France, Germany, England, Iceland, Hawaii and numerous trips to Alaska for the fishing. In her later years, Betty enjoyed reading, card playing, sewing and quilting. She enjoyed quilting so much she joined Cross Road Quilters, where she gained numerous friends, she also served on the board, became President and Treasurer for the group. When Betty was not traveling or quilting, she was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband she leaves a son Jay Henderson and his wife,Mary Anne of Danvers; three daughters, Susan Knowlton and her husband Royce of Ipswich, Ellyn Ponkey and her husband Jeff of Beverly, Ami Hawkes and her husband Randy of Georgetown; 10 grandchildren, Kathryn and Michael Sherrod of Canton, Leslie and John Binkley of Wasilla, Alaska, Royce A. and Lyndee Knowlton of Gates, N.Y., Samantha and Tyler Ponkey of Beverly, Andrew and Anna Slejzer of Georgetown, Allison, Peter and Joseph Henderson of Danvers; and six great-grandchildren.