Rachel Rebecca Hensley, 91

Funeral services for Rachel Rebecca Hensley, 91, of Paris, Missouri, were held Oct. 15, 2019, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains. Mrs. Hensley died Oct. 8 at Monroe Manor in Paris.

She was born Dec. 9, 1927, in Elijah the daughter of John and Ola Roberts Harris. She attended Fairview School and Bakersfield High School. On Aug. 20, 1946, in Salem, Arkansas, she  married Lowell Clyde “Pete” Hensley.

She traveled the world with her husband while he served in the Air Force, living in Japan, Norway, France and Spain before his retirement to West Plains in 1967. During those military years Mrs. Hensley was a stay-at-home mother. She later worked part-time at Sterling Department Store on the square in West Plains and for the West Plains School District before retiring to their small beloved farm on K Highway. Mrs. Hensley loved to travel; after retirement she and her husband traveled across the United States in their motorhome for several years. She enjoyed camping at the lake and fishing, but best of all she loved spending time with her family at home. 

She was a faithful member of the Curry Street Church of Christ for more than 50 years. Alzheinmer’s robbed the family of the final years with her, but they will remember the good years when she always had a smile on her face and welcoming arms for family and friends.

She is survived by two children, Jerry Hensley and wife Eva and Betty Hunter and husband Robert; four grandchildren, Amy Patillo and husband Richard, Tia Bruce and husband Jordan, Sara Hill and husband Benjie, and Matthew Hensley and fiancée Courtney Roland; seven great-grandchildren, Jackson and Grayson Bruce, Boston and Adeline Patillo and Anna, Addi and Allie Hill; one brother, Mearl Harris; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, who died Jan. 1, 2017; two brothers, Earl and Everett Harris; and one sister, Hazel Henry.

Burial was in the Oak Lawn Cemetery in West Plains. Memorial contributions may be made to Ozarks Honor Flight and may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com

Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, West Plains, director.

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