Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


March 9, 2012

Betty Hensley


Feb. 18, 1933 - March 7, 2012

Betty Jean (Swanson) Hensley, 79, Greentown, left this earthly home to be welcomed into her heavenly home at 4:34 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at St. Joseph Hospital, surrounded by her family both in spirit and in person. Betty was born on Feb. 18, 1933, in St. Andrews Bay, Fla., to Clayton Louise Craft. She was raised by her grandparents, Len and Leta Hudson.

Betty attended the Bay County, Fla., school systems. She carhopped during her summer breaks and after school in the Panama City, Fla., area. It was during this time that she stole the heart of a certain young Air Force boy from Greentown, Ind. She and Lawrence fell in love and were married on May 24, 1954, in Panama City. They returned to Greentown following Lawrence’s discharge from the Air Force. Lawrence passed away in December 2009.

Betty became a farmer’s wife, a daughter-in-law and a mother, grandmother and finally a great-grandmother and fantastic cook, all of which she loved being known as up until she drew her final breath. She worked briefly out of the house for the cafeterias at Howard Community Hospital and also Szabo’s cafeteria at Chrysler. She retired from working outside the house in 1980. She was always the “scalloped potato supplier” to any dinners that Lawrence and his co-workers decided to have at work at Chrysler.

Betty was a true believer, and she and Lawrence provided a loving and cherish-filled house for their kids and others. She was a member of the Christian Church. She had just finished her goal of re-reading her Bible from Genesis to The Revelation before her 79th birthday.

Betty is survived by her children, Leta Gayle Hensley, Kokomo, and Edgar Lawrence Hensley, Tomball, Texas. She was a loving Nanny to her grandchildren, Anthony (Debbie) Emery, Greentown, and Jennifer Nicole Hensley (special Nanny-approved friend, Doug Stone), Kokomo. She is also survived by three great-granddaughters, Casey and Cyanea Williams and Alleesha Emery, and a great-grandson, Jacob Lawrence Emery. Also surviving are Hubert “Pete” (Annette) Jansenius, South Carolina, whom she helped raise; Arthur (Annette) Jansenius, Florida; a sister, Annette Montain, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

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