April 12, 1934 - August 1, 2019
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Bennett, Shirley E. Loving mother of Jeri (Dave) Reed, mother by marriage of Gay Bennett and Stacey Bennett. Cherished grandmother of Joia (John) Franks, Jeremy (Vennessa) Shuler. Devoted great grandmother of Jessica, Julianna, Jacob, Adeline, Summer, and Skitter, her grandcat and Maddie, her grandpup. Sister in law of Freda Wilson. Dear aunt of Billy, Sharon, Steven, Jimmy, Donna, Jeffrey, Tommy, and the late Terry, and many others. Shirley is preceded in death by her parents James H and Tressie A Wilson, her brother, William E and sister-in-law Marjorie Wilson, and her brother James D. Wilson. Shirley passed away on August 1, 2019 at the age of 85. Shirley grew up in Lebanon and lived for a short time in Dayton. She worked for The Witt Company for nearly four decades. In retirement, she joined Partners in Prime and the Over the Hill Gang band. She volunteered for Partners in Prime and helped to establish a senior center in West Chester, raised money for many senior activities and organized many events. Visitation will be held at Hodapp Funeral Home 8815 Cincinnati Columbus Rd. (Rt 42) Thursday from 12 until time of service at 1pm, burial will take place at Rest Haven Memorial Park immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Sharon Wilson Howarth - Aug 10, 2019
Cried all week as I could not be there to join you all. Liz is scheduled for her open heart surgery this upcoming Monday.
I just kept thinking of so many moments I recall with Shirley Bennett:
her Wilson wit, her delicate hands, her smile, her voice,
recalling her dancing the Jitterbug with Billy in the early Sixties in our living room,
standing in the farm kitchen in the early morning, Shirley's radio alarm blaring while Grammy called "Shirley dear, get up" as she scrambled eggs on the stove,
riding in the car on vacation with Jeri and Grammy as we all sang "Ohio" together or getting lost in Hershey, PA WAY after 1 a.m. as she couldn't find our motel yet she made it funny and bearable,
visiting the apartment on Oak Street hearing Holly's family next-door (THEIR clock radio blaring),
getting advice that was sincere and non-judgmental,
knowing after my Dad and Mom were gone that I still had someone who cared and even worried about me,
loving her for the way she took on caring for MY younger kids like a grandma -- "Aunt Shirley's magic bag" of little treats/gifts that always showed up when we visited,
laughing on the phone together about some shared parenting and grandparenting moments as I entered my mature years,
sharing a morning cup of coffee on visits, hearing her quietly moan/groan (just a bit) while savoring her first cup to get going (I caught myself in a similar ritual yesterday and remembered this).
I already missed her desperately as my own life unraveled into poverty and health issues these last years and I was unable to visit anymore.
I am so, so sad to have missed joining with all those gathered to honor her.
Loss compounded, yet I smile through tears every time I think of Shirley.
Deep gratitude for her legacy shown in children/grandchildren and extended family who assured her dignity and honor as she needed care and support.
Love you, Shooey. Looking forward to our next morning together. Sleep well and we'll all be listening for that wake-up call.
Joe Metz - Aug 8, 2019
I just noticed Shirley's obituary when I came to pull up my own dad's notice to send to someone. Both my dad & I did business with Shirley when she was at Witt. She was also so supportive of me and the work I did. It had been such a long time since she and I had spoken. I'm so sorry to heart this news. She died the same day my dad did. Prayers and condolences to her family who she spoke of often. Blessings.
Vivian Brummett Godby - Aug 4, 2019
It's been a long time since I have seen you I know you will be missed dearly be proud you left to strong women follow behind you
Crom Becker - Aug 4, 2019
We are very sorry for your loss. She was a kind and gentle soul that had the strength to fight the good fights, which we know she did very well.
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time and hope that, in time, the memories will overwrite some of the pain of your loss.
Love to you all.
Tim and Tony
Jody Clear - Aug 4, 2019
It is with a broken heart that I send my condolences to the entire family of Shirley. I knew her 50 years ago as her employee and again, by miracle of re-connection, as her employee again. I'll remember her as a very independent, strong-willed, and very giving person. She never made excuses, she just found a way to get it done. I'll miss you, Shirl. I think you would smile if I said you were a funny little jigger, right?