Susan Marie Henley, age 65, passed away unexpectedly on her birthday, January 12, 2022. Her family will receive friends Saturday, January 22 at the Cotner Funeral Home in Reynoldsburg from 2-4 p.m. with a celebration of life service starting at 3:30.
It is suspected that Sue was called to Heaven by God to attend a surprise birthday party organized by her beloved husband, Mark Gregory Henley, who passed away in 2019. Thankfully, her daughters Evelyn (Joe) Henley-Shields, Angela Bindner, and Christina Henley were not invited. However, they are broken hearted to see their mother leave so soon. Mark & Sue were a fun loving couple who loved their children deeply.
Sue was born in Newark, Ohio to Betty Viola (Dill) Walters and Vernon Francis Walters, who passed away very young. Sue graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School as a pupil at the Ohio Soldier’s & Sailor’s Home in Xenia, Ohio. She studied barbering in an effort to be with her six brothers more often. This lead to a 32 year barbering career starting at Rickenbacker Air Force base in Lockbourne, Ohio. She had many dear friends from ‘The Home’ and remained close to several. Attending the 4th of July reunion for ex-pupils was important to her so she could be with her beloved childhood friends. We could expect any of them at a holiday gathering, attending as family.
Sue barbered in the Reynoldsburg City Barber shop on Aida Drive for 25 years. Many generations of boys and men in Reynoldsburg were regulars at the City Barbershop. (Raise your hand if you swept the floor as a boy.) Sue was an enjoyed member of the crew in the shop, especially around Christmas when she would wear giant bells on her shoes and reindeer antlers on her head. She was famous for making homemade strawberry ice cream for the Firefighter and Police baseball game each summer at John F. Kennedy Park and the many meals she loved to cook and take to the fire house because she ‘couldn’t cook small.’ She was also an avid seamstress, making Evelyn & Angela’s wedding dresses and countless quilts, costumes, wall hangings, and purses. She was a loyal Buckeye & Bengals football fan and her final post on Facebook was ‘Who Dey.’
Sue is survived by her brothers Vernon, Kenneth, Michael, Patrick, Jeffrey (Cheryl), and Rex (Jan) Walters. She was loved deeply by her surviving aunts and uncles Ralph & Carol (Noble) Walters and Ruth (Walters) Radcliff. Susan is also missed by grandchildren Joseph Bindner, Dylan & Carter Shields as well as several nieces and nephews, including Christopher (Theresa) Walters, who remained very close to Aunt Sue.
In lieu of flowers, her daughters request donations be made to the ‘AXP Loyalty Fund Association’ 650 Elliot Drive Xenia Ohio, 45385. These funds support the annual reunion for ex-pupils held in Xenia.
Her family will receive friends Saturday, January 22 from 2-4 p.m. with a Celebration of her Life service to begin at 3:30 p.m.
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