Mary Henry


Mary Ruth Henry, 85, Defiance, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019, at her home.

She was born April 29, 1934, to Irvin and Vella Mae Hickey in Morristown, Tennessee. Mary worked for several years at General Motors until her retirement in 1996. She established and maintained contact with numerous friends and colleagues from her years at the Defiance Foundry. Mary was a radical fan of the University of the Alabama football team. She professed her faith in Jesus Christ many years ago and regularly attended First Assembly of God in Defiance until her health deteriorated. Mary will be sadly missed by her family and many good friends.

Mary is survived by her sons, Roger (Sara) Henry of Defiance, Steve Henry and Jerry (Alice) Elrod of Ayersville; daughter, Penny (Jim) Johnson of Frankfort, Ky.; grandson David (Tina) Henry of Paulding; and her sisters, Ruby Spencer and Susie Proffit, both of Morristown, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; one sister; her daughter, Pam Henry; and her son, Stan Henry.

A memorial gathering of friends and family will be held from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance.

Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences can be given at

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