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Obituary of Virginia Ell Henderson Reynolds
VIRGINIA Ell HENDERSON REYNOLDS was born on February 18, 1946, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to the late Thomas P. and Ell D. Hunter Henderson. She was the fourth of five siblings—two girls and three boys.
Her older sister Essie Morganza preceded her in death.
Virginia attended the Atlantic City Public School System and graduated from Atlantic City High School in June 1965. From there, she continued her education at Tennessee State University where she received her Bachelor's degree in elementary education. She then pursued and obtained a Master's degree in elementary reading from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Virginia was a resident of Southfield, Michigan, and retired there as an elementary-school teacher after spending 34 years in the Detroit Public School System.
Virginia loved the Lord and would often attend Bible study at Union Baptist Temple Church while vacationing in Atlantic City.
From an early age Virginia wanted to be a teacher, and she was blessed to have lived her dream. She loved children and teaching. Virginia believed in good organization and planning and embodied the motto: "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail".
She was an active church member and choir member of Oak Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church in Detroit, Michigan. Virginia was involved in many ministries such as the Chance/Mass Choir, the Lay Organization, Caring & Sharing Outreach, Team Jesus Outreach, Kitchen Ministry, Come Home for Christmas Outreach, and the CC & SR Blvd. Temple Ministry.
Family was of paramount importance in Virginia's life. She always enjoyed coming home to Atlantic City during the summer months, spending her time with family and friends, going to the beaches, enjoying the boardwalk, attending jazz festivals and social events, and visiting Washington, DC, and Maryland (visiting her brothers and their families) during her stay. She also enjoyed reading, shopping, dressing meticulously, traveling, exercising, golfing, live theatre, politics, and being a volunteer for various causes.
Virginia had a vibrant personality and always enjoyed meeting people, engaging in stimulating conversation, and laughing at the funny things about life or whoever was telling a funny story at the time. She enjoyed the camaraderie she shared with her brothers (and sisters-in-law), along with her adoring nieces, nephews, and cousins and treasured the special times they had together.
She truly enjoyed her family, and in her words—from written material we found—she wrote lovingly about her childhood growing up in Atlantic City, with adorable parents and her sister and brothers, that was filled with inspiring good times and laughter.
Virginia has a very rich family history that comes from both her father's and mother's lineages. She is a fifth-generation great-great-great-great granddaughter of a Chieftain who arrived in America in the late 1700's, who passed his tribal name, Mouyer, down to his children. We discovered that he was from the Fulani Tribe in Northern Africa. On her mother's side, Virginia's rich heritage was also traced back five generations.
Virginia leaves three brothers to cherish her memory —Thomas E. Henderson (Linda) of Washington, DC; Malcolm A. Henderson (Ella Louise) of Hammonton, NJ; and Robert L. Henderson (Gwendolyn J.) of Temple Hills, MD. She also leaves a host of adoring nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Funeral services will be 11AM Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Union Baptist Temple, Pennsylvania and Drexel Avenues, Atlantic City, where friends may call from 10AM. Interment Lincoln Memorial Park, Mays Landing.
Arrangements entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.