Gladys Irene Bennett, beloved daughter of Jasper Newton and Naomi Woodley, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2019 in Lake Jackson, TX. She was 99 years old. Her husband of 59 years, Alexander Hamilton Steven Bennett preceded her in death in 2002.
Gladys was born in Leoma, TN on July 17, 1919. Her parents and 9 brothers and sisters soon moved to Winter Garden, FL where she graduated from Lakeview High School. Gladys and Alex met in church which was so appropriate as they both loved God. They were married on May 1, 1943 in Winter Garden. Gladys was the beloved mother of two sons. She followed her husband to retirement in the United States Air Force and raised her sons throughout this country, having lived in seven different states from Alaska to Florida. She was always described as, “the kindest person you would ever meet”. This was attested to by many, many people. Though distance kept them apart more than she would have liked, she often talked of her love for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Gladys and Alex had two loving sons, 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. All of whom survive her. Sons; David Eugene Bennett and Richard Steven (Linda Hamilton) Bennett, her grandchildren; Ashley (Seth) Thomas, Amanda (Garret) Willis, R. Scott (Celine) Bennett, Leon (Denise) Bennett, Christina Bennett, Lisa (Murray) Daniel, her great grandchildren; Luke Thomas, Madeleine Willis, Colin Bennett, Connor Bennett and Aiden Daniel.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Alkesh Amin and his staff, to the staff and care givers at Carriage Inn for the love, comfort and care they provided our dear Gladys.
Funeral services will be held at Collison Carey Hand Funeral Home, 1148 E. Plant Street, Winter Garden FL on Saturday Jan 12, 2019 at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following or a charity of your choice, Winter Garden Primitive Baptist Church, PO Box 771048, Winter garden, FL 34787.
My family and I have been so blessed to have mom close to us in Texas for the past 12 years.Those years were not only great for us but great for her too. Her friends at her retirement home hated to see her coming to the bingo table as they knew they were about to lose. Her halo slipped a little when it came to bingo. Mom was and is the most caring, kind and generous person anyone would ever want to meet. She is far and away the most powerful force in my life, showing me her kindness and gentleness as a guiding light in my life. There is certainly going to be an emptiness with out her.I keep thinking about calling her and asking how she is, as I would normally do. Then I remind myself that she is doing very well now with Dad, her mother, father and all her sisters and brothers. Yes, she is doing very well indeed. I will miss her tremendously.
I love you mom!
Richard BennettLake Jackson, TX
Our sweet Aunt Gladys is now resting in the arms of our Lord. She was an amazing woman and I'll miss her very much. Karen Adair Croft
Karen CroftSharpes, FL