Gail H. Henderson of Seaford passed away in her sleep at Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Monday, April 29, 2024. She was born on Aug. 14, 1940, in Milford, daughter of the late Edwin E. Sr. and Elizabeth (Willey) Hughes.

Mrs. Henderson was a graduate of Seaford High School, class of 1958. She then furthered her education at Delaware School of Nursing, becoming a registered nurse and later pursued further education at Kent General School of Anesthesia becoming a certified registered nurse anesthetist. Mrs. Henderson also obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work. She married the love of her life, Robert N.S. Henderson on Feb. 10, 1962, at St. John’s UMC in Seaford and the two spent the next 62 years together creating countless memories and raising their family.

A natural caregiver, Mrs. Henderson’s life work was a registered nurse, and she dedicated many years to her career and helping others. After an accomplished career in nursing and anesthesia, she pursued her passion of caring for those with substance abuse issues and she gave her time often to those in need and people of all stripes. Her passions were varied as they were deep. Mrs. Henderson was an avid reader and could often be found curled up with a good book. Her green thumb was evidenced by her eclectic gardening technique with a predilection for flower gardening. Mrs. Henderson loved traveling and loved to connect with the world beyond her doorstep. These journeys were not only adventures but also educational experiences that she cherished deeply. While indoors, Mrs. Henderson could often be found cheering on the Baltimore Orioles or the Baltimore Ravens. 

A nurturer at heart, she was a devoted animal lover and loved caring for injured animals. Above all, she treasured time spent with her family and friends. Mrs. Henderson was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was eagerly anticipating the arrival of two great-grandchildren this spring. Mrs. Henderson will be dearly missed and forever loved by all the lives she touched.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Henderson was predeceased by a brother, James W. Hughes of Brunswick, GA and a sister, Joan Pepper of Seaford. She is survived by her husband, Robert N.S. Henderson of Seaford; her sons: Dan H. Henderson (Karen) of Seaford, Robert Lee Henderson (Heather) of Lusby, MD, and Thomas Jackson Henderson (Jenny) of Norfolk, VA; her grandchildren: Jeb Henderson (Rebecca) of Fort Worth, TX, Reagan Barrett (Tyler) of Chesapeake, VA, Nealy Minson (Tyler) of Norfolk, VA , and Hannah Henderson of Kill Devil Hills, NC; her brother, Edwin E. Hughes, Jr. of Downingtown, PA; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

A private service was held on May 6. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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