Herta M. Hendley
Nov. 30th 1933 - April 28th 2019
Born November 30th, 1933 in Nuremberg, Germany, she was one of the last great classy dames of another era. She survived WWII in Berlin, and took refuge back home in Bavaria when things got real bad. She met my grandfather at age 17 on a school trip in Paris and got married soon thereafter, giving birth to my mom at age 20 in Berlin. They soon moved back to Cairo and then to New York City several years later for my grandfather's job with Belgian Sabena Airways. Not content to be a simple housewife, she took a job with TWA Airlines after they divorced and eventually was a union rep for flight attendants. During the 60s and 70s, she traveled to every continent in the world, save for Antarctica, routinely pulling my mom and aunts out of school to take them along. She raised my aunts as her own daughters after her brother and his wife died tragically in a plane crash balancing a career as a single mother in New York with three girls. She eventually remarried and settled in Boca Raton, Florida where she got her property manager's license and managed multi-million dollar condos on the beach until the age of 79. She also helped raise me and my brother after my parents got divorced.
Those who knew her knew she loved to travel, routinely taking us on road trips as kids. She loved to cook and host people until her later years. She loved socializing, always looked her best, and loved her Chardonnay (aka Grandma juice), not a daily serving of fruit despite what she would tell you. To our friends in Florida and across the world that knew her, she was grandma also. I could go on, but how can you summarize someone whose personality and love was larger than life?
I will post more information on her service and celebration of life (re: after party) in the next day or so for those who would like to pay their respects, but we are planning for Glick Family Funeral Home on Friday, May 3rd at 4:30 with post-service food and drinks to be determined shortly. Have a drink today for one of the finest women who ever lived. Yes, it's Wednesday, and as she would tell you - it's five o'clock somewhere.
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