Helen Bennett

Memorial services for Helen Bennett, 91, Lawrence will be held at a later date in South Bend, Indiana.  She died on Monday, February 4, 2013 at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.  Mrs. Bennett had recently moved to Lawrence from South Bend, Indiana, where she had lived for over 30 years.

Helen was born on November 13, 1921 in Murphysboro, IL the daughter of James Leon and Nellie D. (Teague) McCraw.

She held multiple positions at the University of Notre Dame, one of which was a receptionist for campus ministry in the Development Department.

Helen was married to Richard “Dick” Bennett on December 28, 1941 in Springfield, IL.  He preceded her in death May 28, 2010.   She was also preceded in death by a son, Dick Bennett.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Seager, Lawrence; four grandchildren, Wendy Rea, David Seager, Kim Griffin, Kelly Peterson; and nine great grandchildren, Heather, Gavin, Allison, Jared, Bennett, Connor, Sara, Mason, and Griffin.

The family suggests memorials in her name to the Grace Hospice and may be sent in care of the mortuary.


4 Condolences

  1. Samadhi (Cynthia Perry on February 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Dear Carol,

    I’m saddened to see of Helen’s passing. Just last Friday evening I stopped by her room at Brandon Wood’s. I could see from the door that she was sleeping so I didn’t go in. I’m glad I was able to be close to her at that time.

    I enjoyed getting to know Helen and you when I saw her in your home. It was a gesture of such love that you created a beautiful, caring and comfortable place for her. I know you will miss her.

    May you and your family be comforted and blessed with wonderful memories of Helen.

    Most sincerely,
    Samadhi (Cynthia)

  2. jane pitz on February 6, 2013 at 11:53 am

    dear family of dear Helen.
    I was in campus ministry at Notre Dame when Helen was the first person students met as they walked through our door. Always gracious, warm and welcoming was Helen. How good she was with you at the end of her life journey.

  3. Alma McClelland on February 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I knew Helen and Richard from their many years as members of First Pres. Church in South Bend. I and Rev. David Morrow visited them after the death of their son. They were such nice people but did struggle physically at the end of their S.B. stay. My sympathy to you.

  4. Cathy Thrasher on February 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Sad to hear of your mother’s death. I hope she is at peace now without pain. My thoughts are with you.

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