It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Marilyn S. Bennett at the Peterson Regional Medical Center on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, from complications of cardiac arrest health issues. Marilyn (commonly known as Mary) was in her 81st year.
Mary was born on the family farm in RR, Attica, Indiana, Aug. 18, 1940, to parents Lloyd James Brummett and Ella Mae (Aynes) Brummett. Marilyn grew up in Lafayette, Indiana, and attended Jefferson High School. She was married to Raymond L. “Ray” Bennett for 58 years, having been married on June 23, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana.
Mary worked for a Food Service Management Company on contract with the Sierra Vista School District (Arizona). Later, she transferred to the Sierra Vista School District Accounting Department. While living in Oregon, she worked as Assistant Manager overseeing Corporate Dining Services contracted by The Boeing Company. Being a lover of animals, Mary, in conjunction with daughter Rae Marie Bennett, opened their dog grooming and spa salon service in 1982. In 1984, Rae Marie’s skeletal remains were found in the desert sand southeast of Sierra Vista, Arizona. In 1987, Ray’s work for the Federal Government took them to Republic of Panama (formerly known as the Canal Zone). In 1994-95, she was elected Beta Sigma Phi Preceptor Alpha Chapter president.
Mary enjoyed solving both the Penny Press Crostics and Dell anacrostics puzzles. She was an avid reader and got many hours of contentment and enjoyment from books. She also had a niche for composing poetry. She said writing poetry often makes you think differently about words.
Those left to honor and cherish her memory include her beloved husband, Ray Bennett of Kerrville, Texas; sister, Barbara K. (Brummett) Kauffman of Florida; and three grandchildren, Christina S. and husband, Robert W. Hummer, of Lafayette, Indiana, Daniel O’Harra of Plainfield, Indiana, and Michelle I. Mitchell and husband, Frank P. Mitchell of Massbach, Germany. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Addie E. Hummer and Katelynn O’Harra, both of Lafayette, Indiana. Her 11 nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the pride and joy of Mary’s life.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Rae Marie Bennett and Shanna Kay Mitchell (O’Harra) Terry: son, Richard Eugene Mitchell; brothers, Clifford L. Brummett and Bryce D. Brummett and wife Lila; sisters, Joyce L. Brummett (Becker) and husband Samuel Justice; and Eula M. Brummett and husband Charles Bohart; and five nieces and nephews.
Mary was a professional homemaker, a vocation she performed to perfection as wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a gracious host with a gift for making others feel at home. She loved and was loved by her family and will live on in their memories.
Special thanks to the staff at Peterson Regional Medical Center.
It was Mrs. Bennett’s wishes to be cremated. Being a private person — she never liked being the center of attention — and per her wishes there will be no services.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children or the charity of one’s choice.
Direct cremation is under the direction of Wright’s Funeral Parlor, Kerrville, Texas.
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