1923 – 2014

WEST BETHEL — Joyce M. Bennett, 90, of West Bethel, passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, at Ledgeview Living Center.

She was born in Bethel on July 15, 1923, daughter of Carroll and Mary (Grover) Abbott. Joyce attended Bethel schools and graduated from Gould Academy, then went on to nursing school. Later on in years, she worked at Bethel Inn and Sunday River Inn for Steve and Peggy Wight for many years until she retired.

Joyce was married for 53 years to Donald A Bennett; they married on July 14, 1956.

Joyce is survived by two sons, Malcolm Bennett of West Bethel and Larry Bennett of Rumford; two daughters, Carolyn and her husband, Brad Gaudreau, of Bethel, and Carole and her husband, Mike Church, of Iowa; sister, Marilyn Gilbert of West Bethel; 11 grandchildren, Brandon and his wife, Kaylee Brown, of Bethel, Ashley and her husband, Zach Yates, of Mechanic Falls, Mathew Bennett, Shawn and his wife, Deanna Bennett, Thaddeus Bennett and his fiancée, Sarah Gardner, all of Rumford, Leann and her husband, David Whittermore, Tommy and Alley Bennett, all of Texas, and Trey, Jake and Angie Blackburn, all of Iowa; five great-grandchildren, Paige “Buggie,” Paisley Yates and twin boys, Shane and Cade Brown, and Jace  Blackburn; and one soon-to-be great-granddaughter, Ellana Gardner Bennett, due in March.

Joyce was predeceased by her husband, Donald Bennett; and her parents. 

 A special thank-you to Penny Blake for taking such good care of her while she was at Ledgeview and for bringing her leftovers for lunch, supper and for all the other things you did, plus always getting what she asked for. Thanks.

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