Mary Elizabeth Henderson

April 18, 1983 - February 8, 2019
Mary Elizabeth Henderson

Mary Elizabeth Doyle Henderson, age 35, passed peacefully at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter on February 8th, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer.
“Emmie” was born in Chapel Hill on April 18th, 1983, to Charles Thomas Doyle and Lisa Marie Lewis.

On October 8th, 2016, she married Johnathon Henderson and on January 8th, 2017, they welcomed their daughter, Willow Marie, into the world.

Emmie was a graduate of ECU with a BA in Accounting and was a proud employee of Scott Hansberry at Hansberry CPA and Consulting.
She was a fiercely loving, loyal, and passionate person who enriched the lives of everyone she met. To be a wife and mother was Emmie’s dream and she excelled in every aspect. Despite the progression of her cancer, losing everything to Hurricane Florence, and living in a hotel during her final months, she was a rock to her husband and family. She was always cheerful despite pain, loving despite fear, and fierce despite her failing health. Simply put, Mary was an inspiration to us all.

Emmie is survived by her husband, Johnathon; daughter, Willow; father, Tom; mother, Lisa; grandmother, Reba; uncles, Johnny and Ricky; aunt, Shannon; brothers, Charles, Jonathon, Thomas, and Willie and their significant others; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Family, friends, and anyone who’s lives Emmie touched are invited to WILMINGTON FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1535 S. 41ST ST., WILMINGTON, NC ON FEBRUARY 16th, 2019, FROM 5PM TO 7PM.
A memorial service will be held at 2PM on Sunday, February 17th, 2019 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations to Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center via

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington NC 28403

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Saturday, February 16, 2019
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  • February 15, 2019
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  • February 11, 2019
    La'Shone Jones says:
    Mary has such a beautiful friend; she will continue to be a pillar of strength and love in the eyes of those who knew and loved her. She will be missed sorely, truly. We all miss you Mary... Praying for the family and sending my condolences. God bless.

  • February 11, 2019
    Roxann Wheeler says:
    Emmie and I became fast friends when we worked together briefly as servers in a local Restaurant. I always enjoyed her positive attitude, her funny antics and her generous spirit. We laughed together and shared our love her for Aunt Shannon! Emmie was always a beautiful person inside and out and I am forever grateful to have known and loved her.

  • February 11, 2019
    Louise Beasley says:
    "Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories" Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.