Iris E. Hensley, age 88, of Browns Mills, passed away with family by her side on Monday, October 21, 2019 at Samaritan Hospice in Mt. Holly. She was born in Holyoke, MA to the late Helmuth and Clementina Leske on September 14, 1931. Iris married the love of her life, Herbert O. Hensley in 1951 and the couple had 3 sons. Iris worked as a seamstress for many years and owned Betty Brite Dry Cleaners in Wrightstown. She also worked in the food service department at Ft. Dix. Iris dedicated a lot of her time volunteering at Deborah Heart and Lung Center where she was member of the Home Chapter and participated in many fundraising activities.
Iris was very active and involved within her community. She was a distributor for a Food Bank; a member of the Browns Mills Senior Citizens Club, past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 294 and a member of the VFW Memorial Post 6805. Iris also enjoyed traveling, taking cruises, going to Atlantic City and being with her friends, but mostly, she loved being with her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Iris is predeceased by her parents; her adored husband, Herbert Hensley; her brothers, Robert and Frederick Leske; brother-in-law Andy Kociban; and step-grandson Timothy Sager.
She leaves behind her 3 sons, Donald Hensley (Patricia) of Murfreesboro TN, Ronald Hensley (Doris) of Wrightstown and Dwayne Hensley (Brenda )of Browns Mills; her sister Tina Kociban; her grandchildren, Christopher, Jennifer, Jaesen, Jenna and Holly, step-grandchildren Jason and Linda; 11 great-grandchildren; and many other extended family members and friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to gather on Monday, October 28, 2019 from 9:30AM to 12:30PM at the Tilghman Funeral Home, located at 52 Main Street, New Egypt, NJ 08533. A funeral service will begin at 12:30PM, with interment to follow at the BGWCD Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Iris’ memory to Deborah Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 820 Browns Mills, NJ 08015.
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