In memory of
JoAnn Bensley, 81, of Hickory Creek, Texas, passed away on February 22, 2021. She was born in Ottumwa, Iowa to Clayton and Dorothy (Smith) Black on July 13, 1939. JoAnne attended Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, graduating in 1960. She married Harold L. Brown in 1961 and lived in Marion, Iowa for several years while raising their two daughters, Laurie and JoLynn. JoAnne later married Phillip Bensley in 1975, residing in Cedar Rapids prior to moving to Texas in 2015 to be closer to her daughter, Laurie. JoAnne had a love and passion for animals as well as the elderly throughout her life. She worked in nursing homes as an Oral Med Tech and as an independent caregiver to those that needed additional help. JoAnne loved her family and enjoyed visiting with them as much as possible. JoAnne is survived by her daughter, Laurie Garcia (David), stepsons Scott Bensley (Michelle) and Brian Bensley (April), stepdaughter Tracy Bensley, brother Ralph Shaw (Marilyn), sister-in-law Joyce Black, and close family member David Bain (Beth), 6 granddaughters and 4 grandsons as well as 9 great-grandchildren. JoAnne was preceded in death by her beloved daughter Jolynn Brown, husband Phillip Bensley, former husband Harold Brown, her mother and father, her Aunt Clara and Uncle Harold Bain who cared for JoAnne for many years as a child, brothers Clayton Black and Stanley Shaw, and sister Mary Stewart. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 5-7 PM in the Chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton, Texas. A graveside service will be held at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas on March 10, 2021 at 1:15 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in her memory to Critter Crusaders of Cedar Rapids.
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