Janelle Charlaine Henry-Buck, 56, transitioned peacefully to her
eternal rest on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at her residence in Cambridge.
Janelle was born August 13, 1963, in Cambridge to Lorraine T. Henry
and the late Charles Jerome Henry. She was a 1981 graduate of Cambridge
South Dorchester High School where she was active in the Cambridge
South Dorchester High School Marching Band under Mr. Robert Batson
and as leader of the Flags Crew. She was also active in the Girl Scouts
of America. After graduation, she attended Lincoln University receiving
with Honors, a Business Executive BA Degree in 1985.
Janelle grew up in Cambridge and was raised in a loving and caring
home by her parents who loved the Lord. As a child, she attended Waugh
Chapel United Methodist Church where the family had been active.
She was loved by all community children, and enjoyed singing and
participating in the community activities.
Janelle, in 1989, was a graduate of Catonsville Community College,
now called the Community College of Baltimore City in Catonsville,
Maryland There, she received an AA in Mortuary Science. She also
became a licensed mortician in the State of Maryland and she was
licensed in the State of Delaware as a licensed life insurance agent. Janelle
really enjoyed working with her Dad in the Henry Funeral Business. Her
parents admired Janelle’s ambition as a Black Female Mortician in the
Janelle’s work as an adult and as a Funeral Director was always to support
families whenever and wherever possible. This meant many long hours
of work in order to meet deadlines. She loved people and all knew her
thoughtful, giving, and caring nature were ever present and reflected not
only in her work, but in her employees as well. One of Janelle’s goals was
to assist the “Servant Spirit” of “Zhaden T. Myster,” who was her neighbor
and just like a son, become a Licensed Mortician, which was achieved.
She was so happy and proud of his achievement. The staff shouted with
joy, praising God from whom all blessings flow.
Her parents admired her ambition as a Black Female Mortician in the
area. During her years as a Mortician she has served faithfully.
Janelle loved the Lord and had a strong belief in the “Word.” This
continued and she became a dedicated Lay Speaker under Dr. Yvonne
Penn and continued under Reverend Jerome Tilghman.
She generously gave her time and personal resources to serve as a “New
Member Class Leader” and as a Trustee Board member.
Janelle and Ivory III met while in college at Lincoln University and
became college sweethearts. The two later married at Waugh Chapel
United Methodist Church on June 23, 1990. They loved their families
and would travel many places by land and air to enjoy vacationing with
family and friends.
On February 23, 2000, Ivory M. Buck III and Janelle were blessed with a
son, Ivory IV. He was the pride of their lives as parents and certainly both
grandmothers’ and grandfathers’ pride and joy!
Janelle was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, National
Funeral Directors & Morticians Association in Maryland, Funeral Directors
& Morticians Association, Delmarva Funeral Services Association, and the
Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity—Alpha Beta Chapter.
In addition to her professional involvement, she was an active member of the
St. Luke United Methodist Church, NAACP, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
(a public-service sorority), the Fellowship Chapter #58, Order of the Eastern
Star, Abulahab Court #189 Daughters of Isis, and the Second Generation
Community Chorus of Federalsburg, Maryland.
Janelle’s Delta Line Sister was Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson—Stanley,
and the two have shared many happy moments since April 23, 1988.
Awards: Who’s Who in Executives & Professionals (2001-2002), Who’s Who
VIP Professionals (2004-2005), MD Chamber of Commerce, Small Business
Award for Workforce Development (2002) Business Woman of the Year for
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Bea Epsilon Chapter (2005), Cambridge Main
Street Spirit Award (2006), Community Service Award—Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity Inc. (Pi Alpha Chapter) (2009), and Community Service Award
given by St. Luke UM Church (2009).