Mary Frances “Mern” Heisey Henry, 78
Mary Frances “Mern” Henry died peacefully at home in Ormond Beach, Florida on Thursday, May 6, 2021, after years of valiantly struggling with pulmonary fibrosis. She was surrounded by her husband of 53 years David E. Henry, their 2 beloved cats, and loving family.
Mern obtained her certification as a R.N. from St. Agnes Hospital in Maryland and went on to earn a B.S. degree in Nursing from Tulane University. She served as a nurse in the U. S. Air Force for 7 years, rising to the rank of Captain. It was during those years that she met and married David who served as a career fighter pilot for 20 years and retired as a Major out of Hurlburt Field. Upon leaving the military, Mern worked as a delivery room and surgical nurse, and then continued her nursing career as Director of Nursing at several Florida hospitals, including Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville, Blake Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, and Lawnwood Medical Center in Ft. Pierce. Her forty-seven-year career culminated as an administrator of Nursing Services at True Core Behavioral Solutions with the State of Florida.
Mern was born on August 15, 1942, in Baltimore, Maryland, the youngest daughter to Daniel and Loretta Herbert Heisey. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Bernice Marie Meyers of Ocean Pines, MD. And Sister Janice Heisey, IHM of Scranton, PA. She is survived by one sister, Sister Daniel Mary Heisey, IHM of Scranton, PA. and two brothers, Daniel Joseph Heisey of Waynesboro, VA. and Paul Herbert Heisey of Port St. Lucie, FL. Mern was part of a large extended family and leaves behind several cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. All family as well as the many friends she accrued over the years will remember and miss her larger-than-life personality, her wry wit and her ever-present laughter.
Arrangements are under the care of Baldwin Brothers, Ormond Beach, FL. Services are private, and the family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Chicago, IL or I.H.M. Retirement Fund, Scranton, PA.