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A graveside memorial service is being held at 11 a.m. at the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery on Saturday, May 6, 2017 for Louise Dougherty Hensgen and her son, Lowell Hensgen Jr.
Louise died July 14, 2016 at the age of 91. She had courageously fought a nine-year battle with a blood disorder that contributed to declining health in her most recent years.
Born on May 28, 1925, in Glasgow, to the late Mark Alden Dougherty and Kathleen McQuown Dougherty, of Glasgow, Louise was the third of five Dougherty children. She was also preceded in death by loving sisters, Jeanette Nelson, Marjorie Underwood and younger brother, Col. Joe Dougherty, all born in Glasgow.
Louise graduated from Glasgow High School in 1943 and married Lowell Webster Hensgen.
The service will also include a remembrance of her oldest and beloved son, Lowell Hensgen Jr, who was lost to the family at the age of 35. Lowell was a loving son, brother and race car enthusiast.
Louise is survived by son Gilbert Hensgen, son Joe Hensgen and daughter-in-law Nancy Finch Hensgen, son Nick Hensgen, daughter Kathy Hensgen and partner, Lauren Norton, and son Mark Hensgen, all of Raleigh. She is also survived by grandchildren Will Hensgen, Allison Hensgen, Lowell Hensgen, Gabriel Wall-Long; and great-grandchildren Buxton Sigma Wollbrinck, Graham Joseph Hensgen and Sara Elizabeth Hensgen. Also surviving are her loving brother, Bill Dougherty and sister-in-law, Joan of Nashville, Tenn., and sister-in-law, Shirley Dougherty, of Lexington; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her roots began in Barren County at 310 Cleveland Ave, Glasgow, and the family fondly remembers her singing "My Kentucky Home" throughout her lifetime. Many know Louise through 'Mrs Hensgen's Kindergarten', which grew from the need to raise her six children after moving to North Carolina. Opening in 1964 and in the family home, Louise taught hundreds of Oxford area children (and their children) for 36 years. She also kept the Sunday school nursery at the Oxford, NC St. Stephen's Episcopal Church for 27 years.
Louise moved to Raleigh in 2000 to be near all her family. She is remembered for her story-telling, sharp mind right up to her passing, humor, passion for sports (especially tennis and Duke basketball), gentle kindness, love of dogs and unending devotion to her family. She was a teacher and pillar of strength who touched lives too numerous to count.
Published on May 3, 2017
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