Bennett, Jessie M. 83, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Jennings Terrace in Aurora. She was born October 25, 1929 to the late Rev. Frederick A. and Ada M. (Barber) Lubbs in Coleta, IL, the youngest of 6 children. She graduated from Milledgeville High School in 1948. She met the love of her life, the late Robert W. Bennett while roller-skating at "The Dome" in Dixon, IL. Jessie asked Bob to skate on a "Ladies Choice". Their first date together which they celebrated every year was St. Patrick's Day 1949. They were married April 8, 1950 and spent the next 57 happy years together until Bob's passing in 2007. Jessie worked in the office at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Sterling, IL and on their wedding night went tip toeing through the cemetery to their car they had hidden in the office garage only to find her brothers who knew where it was hidden and had blocked it in. They moved to Aurora in 1952 where Jessie enjoyed the pleasure of being a stay at home mom and raising her 3 children until the youngest started high school. Jessie and Bob were active members of Claim Street Baptist Church (now MorningStar Community Church). Jessie spent many years as a volunteer worker in the Nursery and in 1975 enjoyed working in the church office until her retirement in 1995. She is survived by her son, Dennis (Diane) Bennett of San Francisco/New York; daughter, Doreen (Jeff) Johnson of Aurora; son-in-law, Tom Barney of Kingston, Jamaica; daughter-in-law, Robin Bennett of Naperville; special grandchildren, Daniel Bennett, Paul (Christine) Johnson, Devin and Shelby Johnson, Jessica (Ryan) Beery, Jenna Barney, Kiana and Quinn Bennett; very special great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Delatorre; sister, Anna Marie Rouse of Glendale, AZ as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law. Along with her parents and loving husband, Jessie was preceded in death by her youngest daughter, Dee Bennett Barney. Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 10 AM until time of service, 12:30 PM at Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506 with Rev. Jim Behrens officiating. Interment will take place at Lincoln Memorial Park. There will be a luncheon served after the burial at MorningStar Community Church, 8S101 Barnes Rd., Aurora, IL 60506. The family would like to express their most sincere and deepest thanks and appreciation to all the staff at Jennings Terrace for the wonderful and loving care of Jessie during her time with them. Also to the staff at Vitas Hospice for their loving care and support during Jessie's stay. For further information 630-897-9291 or http://www.healychapel.com/ to sign the online guestbook.
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 14, 2012