JoAnn (Richards) Henderson, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away at the age of 73.
Joann was born on November 29th, 1947 in Nashville, TN to Robert and Blanche Richards. Spending most of her young life in West Des Moines, IA, she graduated from Valley High in 1966 and 2 years later met the love of her life, Dennis Henderson, who she married right before Christmas in 1968. There she become the proud mother of Michelle Lee Henderson and Matthew Dennis Henderson. She was very involved in the local community as part of the Jaycee-ettes and as a Girl Scout Leader. She spent over 30 years as a radiology technician and received high praises and honors for the way she treated her patients. In 1985, Joann moved with her family to the Kansas City, MO area and then to Longwood, FL in 1991. In 1996 she and her husband settled in Apopka, FL where she lived the rest of her very full days.
In Apopka, she was a member of the Erroll Estate Country Club and took up a new passion, golf, at the age of 50. She was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church of Apopka since 1997. After retiring in 2015, she volunteered at the local school and served as President of the Women’s Golf Association and the Head of the Jubilee Circle.
Never to know a stranger, JoAnn was known for her quick wit, her kind and compassionate spirit, as well as her strong faith. She wrote in her bible, “Faith doesn’t get you around trouble, it gets you through it.”
JoAnn is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Blanche Richards, sister Roberta Hayward and brother-in-law Kip Hayward. She is survived by her dear and loving husband, Dennis Henderson, her kind and adoring daughter Michelle Rittenhouse, doting son Matthew Henderson (Andrea), and beautiful grandchildren Emily and Ben Rittenhouse and Audrey, Olivia and Franco Carroll.
Her funeral service will be held Friday March 12th at 11am Eastern Time at the First United Methodist Church of Apopka, FL. Services will be streamed via their Facebook Page. In lieu of donations, please consider making a donation in JoAnn’s name to the United Methodist Children’s Home