Mykeshia ”Myke” Henderson, 57, died Jan. 26, 2020, in Atlanta.
She was born Sept. 3, 1962, at Ketchikan General Hospital.
The youngest of five children, all raised in Ketchikan, she attended White Cliff Elementary School and Schoenbar Junior High School before graduating from Ketchikan High School in 1980. She attended Washington State University and Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California.
She spent most of her life in Alaska and California. She started a career in the travel industry in the early 1980s and worked for Alaska Airlines in Ketchikan for many years. While in Los Angeles, she worked for Delta Airlines, and for the corporate travel offices of American Express, Sony Pictures and Capital Records. After returning to Alaska, she worked for the Alaska Marine Highway System.
She enjoyed genealogy, photography, hiking, traveling, cooking and volunteering for nonprofit organizations such as the National Cancer Society.
“Myke had a joy for life and a wonderful sense of humor,” her family writes. “She genuinely enjoyed meeting new people and kept in touch with a long list of friends.”
“Myke’s greatest interest, however, was spending time with her immediate family and relatives,” her family continued. “This is what she loved most. When a family member or friend needed a helping hand, Myke was always there with open arms and a loving heart.”
Mykeshia Henderson was preceded in death by her father, Riebert Marion Henderson; oldest sister, Kemei Robinson; and Benjamin Tavares, the father of her daughter Dajani Winzer.
She is survived by her daughters, Dajani Winzer of Federal Way, Washington, and Jasmine Jeffrey of Atlanta; grandchildren, Siquoy Johnson, Ajani Winzer and Rajan Winzer of Federal Way, and Nakai Jeffrey of Atlanta; mother, Ernestine Henderson of Ketchikan; brothers, Remond Henderson and Shawn Henderson of Juneau; sister, Kenesia Thierry of Woodland Hills; aunts; cousins; nieces and nephews; and Jasmine’s father, Kenny Jeffrey.