Mother Jessie Johnson Hence, 98, of Gary, Indiana transitioned into eternity on February 21, 2017. On Christmas Day, 1918, she was born to Carliss and Rosie Johnson in Ripley, Tennessee. Jessie was preceded in death by her parents. Of their ten children, Jessie was the last living sibling. Jessie leaves to cherish her memory her six children, Rosie V. Smith, Myrtle L. Murphy, Charles (Shirley) Hence, Delores (Eddie) Sistrunk, Larry C. Hence, and Arthur L. (Gloria) Terry Sr.; 13 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and a host of nephews, nieces, relatives, and friends.Jessie was employed for many years by the Gary Community School Corporation and retired as a custodian. She was a hard working and faithful employee. Jessie was a longtime member of Jerusalem Baptist Church in Gary, IN where she served as president of the Senior Choir. Jessie was a dedicated mother to her children and grandchildren. She was also known to be a firm disciplinarian, an excellent homemaker and a wonderful cook.All Services will be held at New Bethel Fellowship C.O.G.I.C., 110 W. 43rd Avenue, Gary, IN on Saturday, March 4, 2017 with Superintendent Kevin Warren, officiating. Visitation will be held from 9-10 am and Family Hour from 10-11:00a.m. The Funeral Services will be immediately following at 11:00a.m. Interment at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, 3815 W. 39th Avenue, Hobart, IN.