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A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  

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Kathryn Hensley, 76, of Big Island, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. She was the wife of the late Earl Dean Hensley.

Kathryn was born on June 18, 1944, in New York, the daughter of the late Leonard William Shortall, Jr. and Elizabeth Roby.

She is survived by a brother, Thomas Shortall, and his wife, Alice Young, of Montclair, N.J.; a daughter, Jessie Hensley, of Paonia, Colo.; a son, Lee Hensley, and his wife, Misti Douglas Hensley, and their sons, Edward and Benjamin, of New Windsor, Md.; a nephew, Christopher Boyers, of Charlottesville, Va.; a brother-in-law, Sonny Boyers, of Harrisonburg, Va.; a niece, Amanda Young Shortall McLamb, and her husband, Phillip McLamb, and their daughters Piper and Isla, of Charlotte, N.C.; and a nephew, Stephen Young Shortall, of Los Angeles, Calif.

In addition to her husband and parents, Kathryn is preceded in death by her brother, Stephen Shortall; her sister-in-law, Kaye Boyers; her stepfather, Joseph Roby; and her stepmother, Wanda Malinowska.

Kathy was a devoted mother and grandmother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend. She loved to laugh and spend time with friends and family. She attended The Masters School and Goucher College, then earned her B.A. at American University in English. Kathy had a way with words — she was a professional editor and writer, and wrote a cookbook. She was also an avid reader, and chaired the book club at Big Island Library for 12 years. She was an accomplished artist and crafter, in painting and needlework, a masterful seamstress, and cooked healthy and delicious meals for her family. She was a participating member of Bedford Women’s Club, Lynchburg Art Club, and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. She greatly enjoyed gardening and appreciated flowers wherever she saw them. She loved movies, musicals, and animals.  She was a soprano in the choir at First Presbyterian of Lynchburg. Kathy had an adventurous soul, and traveled to many countries over her lifetime.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Ships, PO Box 1930, Lindale, Texas, 75771; mercyships.org.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

Click here to view Kathryn’s memorial tribute video.

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Posted by:
Yolanda Adams

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July 9, 2021

Kathy was such a multi talented individual. Her skills included artist, photographer, gardener, singer and friend to all. She will be deeply missed in the community, but we should all be consoled by the knowledge that she is now singing with the angels. My heartfelt sympathies to all who had the privilege of knowing her, especially her family

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Dawn Fisher

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July 5, 2021

I loved her voice and that she called me “cuz”. Kathy was a wonderful neighbor and loyal friend! She is already being missed. I’m sad that I will no longer be able to “travel” with her through her shared memories..

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Karen Mays Asbury

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July 5, 2021

Kathy was a lovely kind woman. Heartfelt condolences to her loved ones.

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Barbara \"Bobbie\" Peasley

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July 2, 2021

Will miss you, Kathy. Your friendship and smile were special. Sending thoughts and prayers to your family during this sad time.

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Barbara Dezelich

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July 2, 2021

Such an amazing woman! She will be missed at Big Island Library! I loved sharing books that I read with her and just being in conversation with her. She had so many stories to tell.

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Carol A Douglas

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July 1, 2021

As a reader and an author myself, I came to appreciate her advice and her encouraging words. She will be missed greatly. May the Lord guide you in your time of sorrow and hold you in the palm of His hands.

Posted by:
Michael Wray

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June 17, 2021

Kathy was such a friend to my Mom and Me that we will miss her but we know she is in a better place we send love and prayers to the Family.

 

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