Obituary: Norma Jean Townsend Hendry

Norma Jean Townsend Hendry, 78, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, April 8, at her home.
Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10,  at Beggs Funeral Home, Madison Chapel, with burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Beggs Funeral Home.
She was born in Madison County on November 5, 1935 to the late Jim and Daisy Townsend. She graduated from Madison High School in 1953. She worked for the City of Madison as the City Clerk for 17 years. Later, she was the owner of The Rosery Florist, along with her late husband, Edwin Hendry, for 25 years. Norma Jean played a major role in the development and establishing the Senior Citizens Council of Madison County and served as the first director.  She was a charter and active member of Unity Baptist Church. After her retirement in 1999, she devoted her time to cooking for her family, her church family and sharing the bounty of her kitchen with many families whom she knew.
She is survived by two sons: Troy Hendry (Jenny) of Madison, and Todd Hendry of St. Augustine; two grandchildren; Sara Whitaker (Kyle) of Madison, and Andrew Hendry (fiancé, Magan Taylor) of Madison; one great grandson; Asher Whitaker, as well as many nephews and nieces and friend, Betty DeLaughter of Madison.
She was preceded in death by husband, James Edwin Hendry of 57 years; parents, Jim and Daisy Townsend; four brothers and three sisters.  She was the youngest and last surviving child of the Townsend family.
Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements: (850) 973-2258. You may send your condolences to the family by visiting the website www.beggsfuneral.com.
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