Martha A. Hensley, 71, nursing director

November 07, 2003

Martha A. Hensley, a retired state health department nurse who had been director of the Carroll County Health Department's Home Health Program, died of cancer Tuesday at her Hampstead home. She was 71.

Born Martha Anne Welsh in Frederick, she was raised in Mount Airy, where she graduated from high school in 1949.

Mrs. Hensley was a 1969 graduate of the nursing program at Catonsville Community College, and she earned her bachelor's degree in nursing in 1979 from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. In 1989, she earned a master's degree in human sciences from Hood College.

Mrs. Hensley had been an employee of the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for more than 30 years before retiring in 1992. Until last year, she continued working part-time with the developmentally disabled at the Westminster Senior Center.

Mrs. Hensley was a past president of Hampstead American Legion Auxiliary Unit 200 and a charter member of the Hampstead Homemakers Club. She was also a past president and secretary of the Carroll County Family and Community Education Association.

She was also a member of the Historical Society of Carroll County and Carroll County Church Women United, and she served as an election judge in Hampstead.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Eline Funeral Home, 934 S. Main St., Hampstead.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Russell I. Hensley, a retired Black & Decker Corp. employee; two brothers, W. David Welsh of Reisterstown and Thomas D. Welsh of Upperco; and many nieces and nephews.

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