On January 8th, 1955, Henrietta Dixon was born in Birmingham Alabama as the first-born child to Horace and Marlene Dixon. She was educated in her former years in Birmingham and later moved with the family in 1970 to Trenton New Jersey. She graduated from Trenton Central High School in 1973.
Henrietta was saved and baptized at an early age at St. John Baptist in Birmingham, AL. She then joined Jerusalem Baptist Church in Trenton, NJ where she worked as trustee. She was then a faithful member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Eatonville, FL. (Pastor Barnes). She then joined Tabernacle Baptist Church in Burlington, NJ and was part of that congregation when she re-located back to her home state of New Jersey. She was a part of the Helping Hand, and Nurses unit ministries. Henrietta was also was a volunteer Receptionist at Sisterhood Inc. She loved to travel, watch lifetime movies, and spend time with her family and friends.
Henrietta attended Seton Hall University with full scholarship and graduated magna summa cum lade in 1977. As a part of her extracurricular activities she pledged the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA) with her best friends Mattie Cox and Dorothy Clark and was a proud active member with her sorors. She was employed as a public health nurse for the Trenton City Hall and had a desire to continue her education and completed her studies at Seton Hall school of nursing, with her MSN and became a nurse practitioner with high honors, in 1982. She was Employed at The Center for Drug Free Living in Orlando Florida. She resided for 12 years before relocation back to New Jersey to be near her family. She worked for Buttonwood Hospital as an independent Contractor Nurse Practitioner until the Lord called her home.
In 1980 she met and married Roger Armstrong now deceased. She then met and married Osai Tutu 1998. She had no children from either marriage. Being the eldest of 5 siblings she got the nickname of Mother Hen. She was an extremely compassionate and caring woman. Henrietta was a strict protective caregiver when left in charge of the home. This love continued has the she was an essential part of the Village that help raise and shape us and many generations of the nieces and nephews who she loved so dearly.
A devoted daughter, granddaughter, sibling, cousin and friend, Henrietta could be counted on to “show-up” to help and/or lead with an event. Because of her extraordinary leadership skills, she was often called upon to organize, and/or emcee community, church, or family events! Furthermore, she attended the very first Dixon Crayton Brown Reunion in 1976 and at the last one held the summer of 2019.- she was a staunch attendee of the reunions. Because she chose to become a medical professional as a Nurse
Practitioner, her livelihood allowed her to be a financial blessing to her family both immediate and extended.
With an ‘eye” for fashion—Henrietta had a dress, shoes, and bag for ANY occasion! In the great southern tradition, she was an outstanding cook for a woman in her age bracket- sometimes rivaling the older women in the family with her Jamaican cuisine, expertise and her innate sense of utilizing different spices and herbs in her food choices. She also had impeccable taste for designing and added sophisticated touches to her home environment. Although classic in décor, you always felt ‘right at home’ whenever you were there for a visit, she had a TRUE gift for hospitality…
In addition to her Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and husband Roger Armstrong, Henrietta is predeceased by grandparents, Henry and Nora Heard; Saul and Rosa Dixon; and sister -in- love Constance Dixon. She leaves to cherish her loving memory forever, siblings: Horace A. Dixon (Linda), Frederick Dixon, Rosie Dixon, Barbara Greene (William). Aunts: Irene D. Sturdivant, Ernestine Washington, Bertha Conway.
Nieces: Lavonne (Ronnie)Smith, Macy Roberts, Demetria Youngblood, Nachera Dixon, Shameka (Darnell) Wise, Senora (Lethel) Brooks, Fanshon (Matthew) Jones, Godsons/
Nephews: William Greene III, Leland Wise, Fredrick McDonald, Devon Platt, Victor Johenkins, Rasheen Jackson, Casey Film, Robert lee Williams, Jordan Greene, Michael Greene, Elijah Greene, and a host of close cousins including her first cousins the, Heard’s, the Sturdivant’s and the Washington’s. Henrietta shared a special bond with her childhood friend, Mrs. Mattie Cox. There are a host of other cousins and friends who are just too numerous to name.
Services will be 10 – 12:30pm Friday, September 11, 2020 at New Life Christian Center, 812 Prospect St., Trenton, NJ, 08618. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton, NJ.
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