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“My sincere condolences to the family on the passing of Virginia. She was a long-time member of the Art Center League and was an active worker at many...Read More »
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“Condolances to the family of Virginia Hensley. Virginia was a long time member of Beta Alpha chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. She was very involved in...Read More »
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“Kellogg Community College students today and tomorrow are beneficiaries of Virginia's love of education. Her benevolence continues to be so deeply...Read More »
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“The sisiers of Delta Kappa Gamma ,Beta Alpha chapter send our condolances to Virginia's family.Virginia was a long time member of our chapter and a...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Nancy Hood - Battle Creek, MI

“she was always there for those of us who needed extra help and one of the best teachers I still remember .she loved us all ”
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“Some of my earliest memories as a toddler include "Miss Virginia" at Maple United Methodist Church, where she was my first Sunday school teacher....Read More »
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Virginia M. Hensley, 97, a Battle Creek resident and local educator for 40 years, died peacefully at Calhoun County Medical Care Facility on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

She was born January 24, 1923 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan the daughter of Lee G. and Edna M. (Fisher) Hensley. She grew up in Mt. Pleasant and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Central Michigan University. She taught for two years at Lincoln Elementary and for 38 years at McKinley Elementary, retiring in 1988 from the Battle Creek Public Schools System. Virginia's passion was education and she believed that whenever possible high achieving students should be given every opportunity to continue their studies. Virginia took a major step to ensure that tuition would not be a barrier for some local students by donating $545,000.00 to Kellogg Community College. The Virginia M. Hensley Gold Key Scholarship and the Education or Health Care Two Year Transfer Scholarship has been awarded annually to students since 2012.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Paul S. Hensley, who was killed in action, in Germany, during WWII; a sister, Margaret L. Hensley and several special cousins, Mary Ellen Sutton, Olive Frances Getchius, Russell John (Mary Jane) Fisher and Daniel William (Clare) Sullivan. Surviving are Mary Jane Fisher and Clare Sullivan, and the families of her cousins whom she deeply cared for.

In 1954, Virginia joined Maple United Methodist Church. She was very involved in the mission work of the church. For many years, she was the chair of the Missions Team and spearheaded the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets the church provided. She taught Sunday school but especially enjoyed teaching the JOY Class (Maple's class for those with special needs). She served on several committees at the church and provided the technology to enable the hearing-impaired to enjoy and participate in their worship services. During the summers and after retirement, Virginia enjoyed traveling extensively with her sister, Margaret. She was also quite active in the Retired Teachers Association. Anonymously, Virginia enjoyed helping children with dental needs, providing food for needy families, being very generous to many local charities and even stopping her car to help those less fortunate … living under bridges or on the street. She was an avid ambassador for education. She was always dressed impeccably, usually standing in the background, listening to all those around her. Virginia will be remembered as an educator, a very generous person and always willing to help those in need.

A graveside memorial service to celebrate Virginia's life will be officiated by Rev. Linda D. Stoddard from Maple United Methodist Church 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 19, 2020, on the family plot at Riverside Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, MI. The service will be livestreamed and may be viewed at https://vimeo.com/477147881 or you may also view it on the Farley Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Maple United Methodist Church, 342 Capital Avenue N.E., Battle Creek, MI 49017 or to your favorite local charity. Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.