We as a family, celebrate the life of our mother/mammaw, Mary Nell Henley at the age of eighty years old. She passed from this earth on September 3rd, 2021, and was so very Blessed to go peacefully without long term suffering and pain right into the arms of Jesus whom she loved so very much and the love of her life the late Bobby Ray Henley also of Lubbock, TX. Mary Nell was born on April 30, 1941, to Martha Blanche and James Louis Dowty from Dimmitt, Tx.
She was a beautiful lady by everyone that knew her as one of the most passionate, kind, loving and talented ladies they had ever known. She married Bobby Ray Henley who was also from Dimmitt, Tx. where he farmed. They had a very exciting life together moving from their ground roots of West Texas to the deep south in Mississippi with three small children where he took a job managing a very large cattle breeding ranch. They were very blessed when they got the opportunity to finally move back to west Tx. and made their home in Lubbock, Tx. where they settled and raised their children. They owned an Agricultural equipment business in Lubbock, but hearing the stories she had to tell about raising three small children and being 800 miles away from her family are priceless.
She was totally devoted to being a mother, wife, a seamstress and serving in her church Monterey Baptist. Mary Nell never knew a stranger and would take care of, cook, or even sew for anybody that needed her because she was just that kind of compassionate soul. She was known as mom to all of her children's friends and that is exactly the way she wanted it . She was very gifted; she was an immaculate seamstress and until the day she left this earth that was her passion. Mary Nell's life was a living example of the Bible verse Ephesians 4:32---" And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ".
Mary Nell was one of eight children and survived by two sisters, Clara Harp, Dellle Moore; one brother, Frank Dowty; as well as numerous nieces and nephews that she loved dearly. She leaves behind two daughters, Zana Gibson and her husband Rusty of Levelland, Lana Kidd and her husband Phillip of Lockney; and son, Eddie Henley and his wife Sandra of Idalou; eight grandsons; one granddaughter; and several great-grandchildren whom she loved so very much.
Friends and family are welcome to join us at a visitation for Mary Nell from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday September 8th, 2021, at the Combest Family Memorial Chapel in Lubbock. Her service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday September 9, 2021, at Monterey Baptist Church in Lubbock with interment following at Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park.
Memorial donations in Mary Nell's honor can be made to Monterey Baptist Church, 3601 50th St, Lubbock, TX 79413 or to the Texas Boys Ranch, 4810 N County Rd 2800, Lubbock, TX 79403.
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