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Ruth Ann Bennet, 78, of Marshall, Ill., passed away Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, at her home. Ann was a graduate of Centralia Junior College and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois. She received her master's degree from Indiana State University. She taught for several years in the Marshall School District prior to her retirement. She was born Aug. 11, 1939, in Harrisburg, Ill., the daughter of Harry and Mildred Warden Hurst. On Feb. 23, 1963, she married Harley E. Bennet in Centralia, Ill.
Surviving are her husband, Harley; two daughters, Laura (Greg) Irwin of Westville, Ill., and Rachel (Bruce) Gubbins of Charleston, Ill; a son, Dr. Joseph Bennet of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Olivia Bennet, Maxwell and Sam Gubbins, Eric Hutson and Katherine Weathers; a sister, Mary Frances Cooksey; and three brothers, Donald Warden Hurst, Harry Stephen Hurst and James Michael Hurst.
Preceding her death, in addition to her parents, were two grandchildren, Sophie Gubbins and Daniel Hutson.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Marshall, where she was the pianist, sang with the choir and was the accompanist for the Women of Note. She also was the pianist for many individuals, groups and weddings. She was very involved in civic activities, being a member of Marshall Main Street, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Donut Library Board, Friends of the Library, the Antique Club, and many other organizations, including serving on the board of the Clark County Historical Society. She was a Golden Apple judge and a Diana Award recipient.
A service in honor of her life will be held at a later date, with notice placed in this paper. For those wishing to do so, memorial contributions may be made to the Marshall Music Booster's Club (217-826-2395, for information) or Marshall First United Methodist Church Music Fund. Online condolences are being accepted at :
Published on December 2, 2017
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