Patsy Cline
September 8, 1932 -
March 5, 1963

~ Gone too soon ... but
what a legacy she left ~

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~ Ellis Nassour would like to pay special tribute to HILDA HENSLEY,
Patsy Cline's late, devoted mother: "Hilda Hensley was a most remarkable woman.
She survived many obstacles in her life, including the death at an early age of a
beloved daugther.  I can never forget Hilda's many kindnesses to me when I
contacted her in 1979 to write a series of maganize features on Patsy Cline; and
the trust she placed in me to get the story right. In fact, when I began the first biography,
Hilda was intimately involved in getting it started."

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1916 - 1998

  Hilda Hensley was a mother first and foremost.
  She was not my mother, but she never objected
  to me calling her 'mom'.

  She is Patsy Cline's mother.  Also mother to
  Sam and Sylvia.  I had the rare opportunity to
  meet this selfless lady ~~ and a lady she was ~~
  my first time in Winchester.  We connected
  immediately and a significant friendship began.

  She cared deeply for her children. Naturally,
  she felt a terrible loss when one of them was
  taken home prematurely.  Even as someone on
  the outside,  I saw an obvious hole in her heart
  from the loss.  Patsy and her were a team.  She
  would mourn her death until she herself would
  join Patsy.  Hilda, with the help of Sylvia,
  created a foundation in Patsy's name to offer
  scholarships for deserving young people seek-
  ing musical careers.  Through her memories I
  was able to see Patsy like no movie script ever
  could let you see her.

  Hilda was extremely caring. That is what set
  her apart.  She was always there when I need-
  ed an ear to listen to me; and there for advice,
  musically and personally.  Even when she was
  tired and, later, when ill, she took time to knit
  special items for the annual  fan gathering in
  Winchester to celebrate Patsy Cline.  

  On her passing on December 10, 1998 a part
  of me, and I am sure a part of all who knew
  Hilda,  went along with her.  It was an honor to
  know her and to be welcomed into her home as
  one of her own. 

  She was Patsy Cline's mother.  She was dear
  to me.  She was.

  Remembered now and always,
  James Gibbons

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