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Mary Bennett

On Monday, August 17th, Mary Clara (Spinne) Bennett, loving sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, neighbor, caretaker, and most importantly devoted follower of Jesus Christ reached her long-awaited destination in His glorious presence. Mary was born on September 12, 1934 in Belleville, MI to William and Hildegarde Spinne. Left to her own devices at age 15, Mary learned quickly how to care for herself. She was an accomplished sewer, weaver, gardener, cook, frankly just about anything she put her hand to. In 1952, she married Carl Bennett and with him had three children whom she loved, Michael, Michele, and Erin. After Mary and Carl's divorce in 1972, she spent two years in Israel on a kibbutz. She came to love that land and its people. Her connection and affection for Israel only strengthened through the rest of her life. In 1983, at the request of her church, Mary took a "temporary" position, caring for Betty Resh, which became an inseparable bond for the rest of her life. Mary and Betty took care of each other for the next 38 years. In truth, Mary's life was not easy. Mixed with her many blessings were many challenges and hardships. Through it all, Mary's steadfast devotion to God Almighty and His unchanging and unfailing love for her were her breath and life. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have a stronger faith because of the way Mary lived her life. Mary was pre-deceased by her parents, her brothers Karl and Ralph Langhan, her son Michael Bennett, and her grandson Michael Kaufmann. Surviving to follow her legacy of faith are her daughters Michele (Paul) Dobson, Erin (Jack) Hoogendyk, and daughter in law Susan, and her grandchildren Aaron, Heather, Laura, Jacob, Isaiah, Maria, Caitlin, Benjamin, Joshua, Isaac, and Abigail, as well as 26 great-grandchildren. Also serviving her is her great friend and companion Betty Resh. Betty and the family wish to thank the many doctors, nurses, and caregivers from Bronson Hospital who were at Mary's side during her thankfully brief illness, as well as the nurses from home hospice. Mary's lasting wish was that the memory of her life, with all of its highs and lows, would cause others to recognize that the love of God is always -- it "always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." 1 Cor. 13:7. The only thing love of God never does is fail -- "Love never fails." 1 Cor. 13:8. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 11am at the Vicksburg Cemetery. While at Mary's webpage at www.mccowensecord.com please take time to sign her guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with the family. The family is being assisted by the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home, 409 S. Main, Vicksburg, MI 49097 (269-649-1697).

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