Edith Lord Hensley, age 88, of Warrensburg, Mo., died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 at the Country Club Care Center in Warrensburg. She was born June 19, 1924 in Kansas City, Kan., the daughter of John Wesley and Jessie Surber Lord. She was one of seven siblings.
On April 7, 1945 she and William J. Hensley, high school sweethearts, were married in Norfolk, Va. After 55 years of marriage he preceded her in death on April 15, 2000. She was also preceded in death by two children, Rebecca Ruth and Tomas Russell on June 15, 1972.
Edith was a tax accountant since 1954, working for Anchor Savings and Loan in Kansas City, Kan., before moving to Warrensburg and opening a tax preparation business.
Edith accepted the Lord as here Savior when she was 7 years old and was baptized in the Chelsea Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan. She has been a member of the First Baptist Church in Warrensburg since 1952. Bill and Edith worked with young married couples in Sunday school for many years. She was active in many groups and served on many committees in the church. She especially loved the young couples and has remained close with many of them over the years.
She is survived by a son, Bill Hensley and wife, Julie, of Chanute; two grandchildren, Tyler Hensley and fianc√© Taryne Stanislaus, of Olathe, and Rebecca Phelan and husband, Mark, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two brothers, Albert Lord and wife, Corinne, of Overland Park, and Sam Lord and wife, Dottie, of Kansas City, Mo.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral will be Friday, Sept. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Warrensburg with the Reverend Dennis Doyle officiating. Internment will follow at the Warrensburg Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Sweeney-Phillips and Holdren funeral home in Warrensburg.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church of Warrensburg or the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, 11300 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044, in memory of Becky and Tom Hensley in care of the funeral home.