Myrtle "JoAnn" Henley

1935 - 2019

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Myrtle JoAnn Henley, 83, of Lima, and formerly of Kenton, passed away at 10:25 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the Lost Creek Care Center. She was born on December 8, 1935 in Kenton to the late John H. and Clara (Benjamin) Nichols. She married Paul Henley on February 19, 1954 and he preceded her in death on December 22, 1975. She is survived by three sons: Mark (Deb) Henley of IL; John (Sandy) Henley of FL, and Eric Henley of Lima; a brother, Kenneth Nichols of Marion; her companion, Neil Williams of Kenton; sister, Marilyn "Pickle" Manns of Lima; five grandchildren: Brandon Henley, Michelle Gorden, Tawsha (James Bostater) Stewart, Tara (Jason) Dysert, and Sara Taviano; 9 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; two step-sons: Michael and Scott Williams; three step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. Two brothers, John "Bud" and James "Butch" Nichols and an infant sister, Patty Nichols, also preceded her in death. JoAnn owned and managed the Midway Restaurant in Kenton for many years and was one of the first women hired to work at Rockwell International. She bowled for several years at Hill Crest Lanes in the Women's League. She also enjoyed playing Bingo. She was a generous employer who always had her employee's best interest in mind. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and online condolences can be shared by visiting

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To : Eric
Date :Tuesday, January 22nd 2019
From : Margie

I know the loss of your mom will leave a void in your heart. I hope you are comforted by the fact she's no longer suffering and that you were always there for her. Although it may no seem like it, I'm sure she was aware and appreciated your care.

To : Mark Henley
Date :Wednesday, January 23rd 2019
From : Gary Strobel
Mark, Keeping you and your family and your brothers' families in prayer that God will comfort and guide you thru your hour of needed. I remember your mom and know just how much she will be missed. Gary Strobel

To : Mark and Deb Henley and family
Date :Sunday, January 27th 2019
From : Cheryll Turner Sprang
Sending sympathy to you all on the loss of JoAnn - many memories of this awesome lady that always bring a smile.

To : mark and family
Date :Sunday, January 27th 2019
From : JeanWardElsea
Dear Mark and family, Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. So very sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such a friendly person! May memories of your Mom bring you comfort and peace. With prayers, Jean

To : Family
Date :Friday, February 1st 2019
From : Jennifer Richard's Moore
So sorry to hear about Jo Ann's passing. I worked with and for her at the Midway. A great lady. She will be missed by many. Rest in Peace

To : Deb Mark and family
Date :Monday, February 4th 2019
From : The Curtin family
Sending our love and prayers to all of you in the loss of your mom and grandma. I always loved visiting with her at the Midway. She was always proud of you all. - Tim