Zylvia Nell Henderson

June 24, 1933January 10, 2021

Services for Zylvia Nell Henderson, 87, of Killeen, will be private. She passed away on January 10, 2021 in Killeen. Nell was born June 24, 1933 in Alto, Texas to the late Barney and Lula Byrd. She graduated from Alto High School in 1950, and married John David “JD” Henderson in 1951. She and JD raised their family in Killeen, and most of her career was spent supporting the family practice of Dr. John Padgett. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority and enjoyed spending her time cooking, fishing, dancing, and enjoying the company of family and friends. Nell was preceded in death by her husband in 1988, her siblings Merle Melvin and Jerry Byrd, and grandson Jeremy Hess. She is survived by her sister, Sybil Ryan, her son, John D. Henderson, Jr., and her daughter, Lu Ann Hess and her husband Larry; grandchildren, Heather, Michael, Holly, Randi, Allison, Courtney, Catherine, and Aaron; plus 14 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in memory of Nell Henderson to the Dementia Society of America, by mail to PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901, or online at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen is in charge of the arrangements.


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Karen Sue Weiss

January 15, 2021

Nell was such a compassionate and calming presence in Dr. Padgett's office. Our family went there for years, and I always felt better after Nell came in the room! She was so beautiful, and my memories of her are always good ones. May you feel God's comfort in a mighty way as you go through this journey.

Rhonda Durst

January 13, 2021

Nell Henderson was a loving wife, mother, and nana. She was loved by many and will leave behind, I’m sure, many wonderful memories for her friends and family to hold dear. Nell knew me long before I ever met her. As a member of the sorority that adopted me and my brothers and sister one year to provide Christmas gifts and stockings. I continue to put that stocking up every year and say a prayerful thank you for a group of women that cared about four children they didn’t know. Later, I knew Nell as a dear friend and a wonderful person, totally devoted to her family. Rest well. I certainly have my memories to enjoy and treasure.