TUPELO – Vivian Venell “Nell” Mask Henton, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born in the Pontocola community of Pontotoc County on Oct. 27, 1928, to William S. Mask and Lois Dorothy King Mask.
She lived her entire life in this area, where she worked in the childcare industry. Her love of children is legendary as she gave many area children Godly training and proper discipline while taking care of them in daycare.
Ms. Nell was a member of Valley Grove Baptist Church and attended South Green Baptist Church for many years. She loved reading her Bible, being involved in all facets of the Church and listening to ole time Southern Gospel Music. She taught Sunday school and was formerly a Girl Scout leader and school bus driver.
Her crowning joy was her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, four generations for which she was most proud.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Steve Quarles officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday, all at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include her children, June Smith (Bob) of Mooreville, Gail McCaleb (Jeff), Lori Hoard (Eric) and John Henton Jr., all of Tupelo and Bill Henton (Lesa) of Pontotoc; nine grandchildren, Becky, Seth and Jake Smith, Josh and Luke Pearson, Riley Henton, Lily and Sophie Hoard and Jack Henton; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Lynn Jenkins (Ronnie); brother, Morris Mask, all of Pontotoc; a sister-in-law, Nancy Mask of Pontotoc; a brother-in-law, Wade Plunkett (Joyce) of Okolona; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Henton Sr., who died Jan. 12, 1992; a granddaughter, Sara Gail Miller; her siblings, Louise May (James), Frances Jaggers, Doris Robinson (Gene), Elain Mask, Howard Mask; and a sister-in-law, Deidra Mask.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons, Seth, Jake, Brandon and John Caleb Smith, Jack and Riley Henton, Joseph Johnson and Josh and Luke Pearson.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 1 St. Jude Way, Memphis, TN 38105.