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Sarah Ann Hensley

April 7, 2021

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Sarah Ann Marrs-Hensley passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family, April 7th, 2021. Sarah passed at 46 years young, after a 4 year battle with cancer. Sarah was born in Boise Idaho, September 13th, 1974. She was survived by her husband; Richard Hensley,  daughters; Charmaine and Lucy, grandson; Orson, father; William Marrs, brother; Charles Marrs, sister; Shelby Christensen. Sarah's mother; Mary O'Donnell, passed approximately 6 years prior, from cancer as well.  
 
Sarah lived most of her life in Idaho, between Boise, Calder and Avery. In her younger years she lived in Boise, until the family moved to northern Idaho. Sarah made some of her closest friends up north and would continue those friendships into her adult years,  right up to the end.  Sarah was always up to some shenanigans in her younger years. Whether she was in trouble for writing bad words on the speak & spell while babysitting Miss Sarah Dawson (now Shaw) or driving a car without a license with Tonya Walters, she was always having fun! Living in a very small rural area,  there wasn't much to do  but she always found a way to be entertained and enjoy life.  Sarah attended a small single classroom school, in Calder and Avery from elementary school up to Jr high, then attended St Maries High school. Amelia and Candy became some of her closest companions in those little schools.  
 
Sarah became a mother at the young age of 18 to her oldest daughter; Charmaine, whom she adored from the moment she laid eyes on her. Soon after Charmaine was born she relocated to Tacoma Washington with Connie and Sarah Dawson. During those years she became very close with the Dawson's and would often speak of many fond memories from that time. 
 
Sarah later moved to Boise with her sister Shelby (me).  Sarah and I lived together and helped each other for many years. The bond between us was unbreakable. There were many highs and lows, as we were single mothers trying to make ends meet. We succeeded in many ways given the circumstances. She was an excellent, caring mother and I could not have picked a better partner to raise my children with.  
 
Sarah then met Rick, fell in love, got married and had another beautiful baby girl, Lucy.  Sarah and Rick lived in Meridian and Boise,  and eventually we all lived right across the street from each other.  We would have so much fun,  hanging out and raising our children together.  
 
Sarah worked as a jeweler for over 20 years, with our father and brother. Our father taught her how to work hard. If anyone knows our father,  they understand what an accomplishment that was! On weekends and vacations Sarah loved to go camping,  fishing,  traveling, and basically anything outdoors. 
 
She was always the "momma bear" of our little family. She cared for her girls and her grandson tremendously.  She fought cancer hard to try and be there for all of those special moments. She was extremely proud of Charmaine, and gave her the loving caring nature to be an amazing mother and wife.  She guided Lucy to be an excellent student and artist,  always supporting her dreams.  
 
Here are some words from her Daughters; 
 
Charmaine:
Sarah was the best mom I could have ever dreamed of. She would apologize for being a young mom but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. She would tell me “raising a child, takes a village”, and she gave me the best village! My mom loved her family and friends unconditionally. Surrounding herself with those that brought happiness and joy. She taught me to be kind and accepting, to be strong, smart and independent. The perfect image of the mother I want to emulate with my son. Not being able to see her grow old beside our family is all too surreal. Her stories and adventures will live on through those that loved her. I miss you mommy but I’ll see you again with new stories to tell. You fought so hard to be able to see your babies succeed in this world. I will continue to make you proud.

Lucy:
My mother was undoubtedly my best friend. I would walk into her room each day from school singing some random song I found. She would call me a dork in the most endearing way possible, and thinking back that was quite a skill of hers. We would spend hours talking to each other and we would probably say goodnight five times before actually going to bed. I owe a lot of who I am to my mother and all my success is hers. Growing up my father was working a lot and it was really only my mother and I for a lot of years. She would always say “It’s you and me against the world”. Even though she isn’t physically here anymore I know that phrase still remains true. She will be a part  of everything I do going forward, whether that’s the art I make, the place I’m at, or what I ultimately decide to do with my life. My mother's support and unconditional love has gotten me far and I hope to do something big one day in her honor. 

There will be no funeral services, but a celebration of life, later this summer. Please contact Shelby for further information.

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