August 15, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 17

Jody Louise Hensley

Jody Louise Hensley, 61, passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer on Wednesday, Aug. 7, in Spokane, Wash.

Jody was born on Oct. 17, 1951 in Huntington Park, Calif. to Howard and Betty (Carey) Kaessner. On Dec. 7, 1991, she married John Dwight Hensley. Jody served as a physical therapist for over 30 years and was particularly known for her sense of humor and keen wit, great love and care for people, her devotion to John, her grace, and love for God's Word.

Jody possessed a strong faith and love for Jesus Christ. She is survived by her husband Chief John Hensley of the Cheney Police Department, sister Susan Martin, brother Mike Kaessner and many loving nieces and nephews. Jody is preceded in death by her parents Howard and Betty.

She graduated from Downey (Calif.) High School class of 1969 and attended the University of California, Long Beach where she graduated in 1974 with a bachelors of science degree. She went on to a rewarding physical therapy career helping a myriad of patients get back on their feet.

Jody enjoyed playing the flute, piano and especially tap dancing. She enjoyed the theater, spinning yarn, knitting and felting material. She was an excellent gardener, sang in the church choir for years and taught children the Word of God in Sunday school. She was an avid walker, found joy in RV road trips and caring for John and their dogs.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 11 at the Cheney First Church of the Nazarene, 338 W. Betz Rd., and at the Morningstar Christian Chapel, 16241 Leffingwell Road, Whittier, Calif. on Aug. 15, at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Cheney Police Chaplin's Fund, PO Box 614, Cheney, WA 99004. The funds will be dispersed to Samaritan's Purse and Gospel for Asia. The Hensley family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff of the Spokane Hospice House for their support and care.

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