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Louise M. Mahns


Louise M. Mahns

LEWISTON, Idaho — Louise M. Mahns was born Myrtle Louise Hensley on Oct. 1, 1921, to Gaylord and Alma Hensley in Oregon County, Mo. She was one of seven children. Her siblings were Lavern, Bud, Virginia, Floyd, Lloyd, and Joseph.

She moved from Missouri to Montana in the late 1930s with the majority of the Hensley family and her young son Paul.

During her time in Montana, she worked on farms and ranches caring for and working side by side with the men folk while raising four sons, Paul Eckman and Karl, Fred, and Garth Mahns. Louise moved back to Oregon County, Mo., in 1...

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