Shirley Henley

March 22, 1934March 18, 2021

Shirley Ann Owens Henley, 86, passed away on March 18, 2021 after a long fight with Alzheimer’s. She was born on March 22, 1934 in Norfolk, VA, and was the youngest child of Claude Millard Owens and Marjorie Everett Owens.

Norfolk, VA was Shirley’s home all of her life. Upon graduation from Granby High School in 1952, she began working as a secretary at the Norfolk Naval Base, followed by a job with Norfolk Public Schools Easton Elementary as a Teacher’s Assistant. As a child and young adult, Shirley was an active member of Lafayette Presbyterian Church. Later in life, she became a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Norfolk.

Shirley’s greatest joy in life was taking care of her family. She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 60 years, William Earl Henley, Jr., her parents, and her sister, Doris Owens Carlson. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters Cynthia Henley Albertson and Shawn Henley Drew; son-in-law Gary Albertson, grandson Nick Albertson, as well as her brother Claude M. Owens, Jr. sister-in-law Joan Owens, aunt Catherine Sawyer, several nieces, and her nephew. She will also be missed by the family’s pets: Honey, Biscuit, Gracie, Ella, and Oreo.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, or Critters 4 U Rescue Inc. A huge debt of gratitude is extended to the staff of Saber Villages of Rosemont Assisted Living in Va. Beach and Kindred Hospice for the care, love, and kindness shown over the past nine years. Please visit to leave a message of condolence for the family.


  • Graveside Service Woodlawn Memorial Gardens

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021


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Sharyn Leiding

March 25, 2021

Our younger daughter, Mara Leiding Kane, was a good friend of Shawn, and we often had opportunities to share positive high school memories with Shirley. I found Shirley to be upbeat and supportive of Shawn and classmates.
My husband and I were saddened to hear of Shirley's passing and pray that Shawn and Cynthia's families will find comfort in the happiness they shared with their mother and father. Ken and Sharyn Leiding

Julie Byrd

March 24, 2021

Cindy, Gary and Family,
So sorry for your loss. May you be filled with peace at this difficult time and stay strong and renewed with your wonderful memories. Such a strong woman has entered the gates of heaven. Peace be with your family. Thinking of you Julie and Richard Byrd