HENSLEY, Joan Lee James

ANNETTA NORTH – Joan Lee James Hensley, 84, passed away peacefully at a local nursing home on Monday Jan. 14, 2019, due to complications of Alzheimer's disease surrounded by her family. She had suffered a brain hemorrhage as a result of damaged blood vessels.
Memorial Service: 1 p.m. Friday at Lakeshore Baptist Church, Hudson Oaks. Burial: Private.
Joan was born in Grand Rapids Michigan on Aug. 19, 1934, to Mae Johnson James and Paul Wesley James. She graduated high school in Cadillac Michigan in 1952 and married Edward Kenneth Hensley on Dec. 7, 1952, in Bay City where her family was located temporarily. They had met in Kansas in 1950 when she lived with her parents at a campsite for U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey workers and he was a college student on a summer job. She moved to Fort Worth after her marriage. Her husband had accepted an engineering position at Convair Aircraft after finishing college. She moved to East Parker County in 1976 to her nature sanctuary overlooking the South Fork of the Clear Fork of the Trinity River and has been there ever since. Joan learned to be an excellent cook, seamstress , caregiver and homemaker in general. She was well loved by her family and made many friends everywhere she went. She attended Weatherford College after her three children were grown and was an excellent student but stopped her coursework to become a caregiver for her brother and other family members.
Joan was active in her church where she taught children and adults and had other responsible positions. She did volunteer work in a nursing home in Weatherford and was recognized as “Volunteer of the Year” several times. She served a term as president of the wives club of the Fort Worth Chapter of Professional Engineers.
Survivors: Husband Ken; her daughter, Debbie Pitcher and husband Chris; her daughter, Janet Dickenson and husband, Randy; her son, James Alan Hensley Sr. and wife, Dianne; granddaughter, Kimberly Patricelli and husband, Tony; grandson, John Burkett; grandson, Jacob Burkett; granddaughter, Jorie Anderson and husband, Matt; grandson, James Alan Hensley Jr.; granddaughter, Jaden Lee Hensley; great-grandson, Tristan Patricelli; great-granddaughter, Kai Anderson; brother-in-law, Bill Hensley and wife, Ann; brother-in-law, Jay Hensley and wife, Wilma; brother-in-law, Don Hensley and wife, Anna; sister-in-law, Guin Prestidge; sister-in-law, Connie Isner and husband, Chuck; sister-in-law, Jana Hensley; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Paul Wesley James, Jr.; her mother-in-law, Lola Hensley; her sister-in-law, Eloise Watts and husband, Bob; her sister-in-law, Caroline Baez; her brother-in-law, Joe Prestidge and her brother-in-law, Melvin Hensley.

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