Jessie Ruth Bennett, (86) of Danville, went to be with her Lord and her Husband on 06/30/2019, surrounded by her family.
Jessie was born January 3, 1933 in Danville, Illinois, the eighth of eleven children born to Alfred Ora (AO), and Carrie Josephine (Claypool) Ingalsbe. She grew up with a strong sense of family and hard work. Jessie attended one room school houses in Blount Township and graduated from Henning High School. She was the only girl in her grade school class. It was in this one room school house that she met her lifelong love, Bob (Robert) Bennett. She married Bob on February 10, 1952 at the Old Union Church of Christ, Danville, Illinois. He proceeded her to heaven on March 8, 2016.
Seven children were born of this marriage: Daughters- Jan (Jerry) Crouser of San Angelo, Texas, Colleen (Derald) Phillips of Danville, IL; Sons- Shawn (Jona) Bennett, Loren (April) Bennett, Josh (Trena) Bennett, Eric Bennett, all of Westville, IL and Scott Bennett of Fort Wayne, Indiana along with over 60 grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was proud of and dearly loved her family. She was also proceeded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, 5 sisters and one grandson (Jesse Bennett)
Jessie is also survived by sisters Ella Bales, Elsie (Jim) San Pierre, and Jeanette (Homer) Garrison
Bob was a career Navy Submariner. Bob was often gone for months at a time and Jessie would manage the family, often working various part time jobs, at each of Bob’s duty stations. Upon his Navy retirement, they returned permanently to raise their family in the Danville, Illinois area.
Jessie retired from Bohn Aluminum (Heatcraft) in 1995. Jessie and Bob traveled extensively following retirement. She was an avid reader and a huge fan of all things Bull Riding. They attended many Professional Bull Riding (PBR) events. There was never a question what Jessie would be doing when the PBR was on television. Jessie also enjoyed collecting eye wash cups and guardian angel figurines.
A celebration of life for Jessie will be at the Grape Creek Baptist Church on Saturday July 6 at 9am with Pastor Dave Leary officiating. Burial will follow the service at Johnson Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday July 5th from 4-7pm at the Church. The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Jessie’s life. Memories or photos may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorials page at: www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com
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