Benita Michelle Henderson was born on April 21, 1962 in Washington, DC. She was raised by her parents Kelly Watson and Barbara Ann Somerville, who both preceded her in death. She completed elementary school at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Washington, D.C., followed by LaReine High Schoolin Suitland, MD, which merged with Bishop MacNamara in 1992. She then attended Prince George’s Community College where she met the love of her life, Mark (Tony) Henderson. They were married in 1982.
Since the late 1990s, Benita has worked for the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The majority of her time at M-NCPPC was spent in an administrative capacity.
After being in the workforce for over 20 years, Benita decided to go back to school. She always believed that education was essential to success. In 2012, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.
Benita enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, writing, watching old television shows, and attending church. She was a founding member of Agape Family Faith Center where she actively participated in both the Women’s and Dance Ministries. Her unwavering faith and kind spirit were truly an inspiration to all she came in contact with.
Along with her parents, Benita was preceded in death by her sister Jennifer and her brother Michael. She is survived by her husband Tony, 4 children - LaToya Williams, Marquita Henderson, Michael Henderson, and Mercedes Culpepper (Lloyd), 11 grandchildren - Jerell, Myles, Kaiyah, Mikayla, Davion, Lamont, Jr., Lonell, Tyia, Alaya, Majesty, and Arielle, her great-granddaughter Nayéli, 7 sisters - Kristie (Greg), Cathy (Abe), Tammy, Patrice, Cherri (Eugene), Tjuana, and Monique, two aunts - Mary (Bill) and Eleanor, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A viewing and visitation will take place on Sunday May 21, 2023 at 10:00am. A celebration of life will follow at 11:00am at Agape Christian Center.
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