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Elizabeth (Blanton) Hensley

Elizabeth (Blanton) Hensley, 97, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Friday, October 20, 2023, in Oklahoma City, OK.

She was born on December 8, 1925, in Baker Springs, Arkansas, to the late Houston and Susie (Brock) Blanton. Elizabeth was united in marriage to Frederick Hensley, and they lived in North Fairfield, Ohio, before moving to Mena, AR. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend.

She enjoyed endless hours of dominos, swimming in the Cossatot River, auction sales, and her beloved log house. Many thanks to those that helped her stay active for as long as she could. Special thanks to those following, Brian Hilton, Elda Jones, Martha Cunningham, Debbie Fairless,  Brytnea Hollman, Rita Mounts, Barbara Emert, , Crossroads Hospice and the staff at Meadowlake Assisted Living.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Hensley; two brothers, J.R. Blanton and Billy Blanton and three sisters, Macy Moler, Helen McClain, and Hazel Bender.

Survivors are one daughter, Carol Rogers of Mena, one son, Charles (Vickie) Hensley of Oklahoma City, OK; one sister, Margie (Wayne) Smith of Tucson, Arizona; seven grandchildren, Richard (Elizabeth) Lucal, of Millbrook, NY, Greg Morris of Charlotte, NC, Candace (Nathan) Looper of Benton, AR, Sarah Hensley of Norman, OK, Christine (Daniel) Chang of Tulsa, OK, Jimi Rae Rogers of Mena, Billy Joe Rogers of Mena, great-grandchildren, Andrew McGrath, Na’jhea Conner, Sierra Hillyer, Shai McGirt, Agusta Rogers, Caiden Kirkendoll, Brayden Rogers and great-great-grandchildren, Emberlee Compton and Brailee McGirt.

Services for Mrs. Hensley will be held Thursday, October 26, at 10:00 a.m., at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Mena, Arkansas. Brother Donnie Jewell officiating, under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 25, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Pallbearers will be David Harris, Brian Hilton, Daniel Chang, Nathan Looper, Kevin Wolfinbarger, and Michael Hoover.

The Honorary Pallbearer is Richard Martin.

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