Kathleen "Kay" BennettJuly 15, 1922 ~ May 19, 2017 (age 94)
Kathleen Rose Bennett
July 15, 1922 – May 19, 2017
It is with great sadness the family of Kathleen Rose Bennett (Kay) announce her passing at the age of 94 Years. Kay was born on July 15, 1922 to John and Barbara Suttill. She grew up on the Pymore Ranch in Lestock, Saskatchewan with her eight siblings John, Betty, Ken, Henry, William, Jim, Dorothy and Rona. After leaving home, Kay enlisted in the Air Force in World War II. She worked as a Teletype Operator stationed in Comax, listening for any sign of the enemy and deciphering Morris Code messages which she sent up and down the coast. She met Eldon Bennett in March of 1947 in Calgary, where she was working as a Nurses Aide in an orphanage, dated for awhile and married him April 7 in Taber , Alberta. They began their family later that year, welcoming their first child of eight that December. They moved to Lovett where Eldon was a Forest Ranger. They lived at this Ranger Station with four children until it was time for them to go to school. They then moved to Bowness where some of the kids started school. Then eldon got a job with the Department of National Defence as a Survival Instructor at Jarvis Lake which brought them to Hinton in 1957. They moved into a two room house on five acres, and continued building their family. Well Eldon worked for National Defence and later running his own repair and landscaping business, Kay busied herself raising children, working as a front desk clerk at the Timberland Hotel, a cook at Jarvis Lake , and later at the Hinton Forestry School where she was a much loved caretaker. After retirement, Kay and Eldon Moved Galahad , Ab which was the central point for all of their children and grandchildren for about ten years. When Eldons Health stared to deteriorate, the family came together to build them a little house in Hinton in 2003. Eldon passed away in August of 2004, Kay remained in her little house for 10 years before making her home in Pine Valley lodge. Kay was a very loving and kind person. She truly was a modern day Mother Theresa that never said a bad thing about anyone, who found the good in everything and loved everyone unconditionally. She will never be forgotten and our hope is for more people to be more like “Grandma Bennett” – Love more, accept more and be grateful for all we have! Hug everyone and then hug them again, call them honey and tell people you love them every time you see them.
Kay leaves to mourn her loss, her children Bill (Linda) Bennett, Kathy (Bob) Davies, Marlin (Linda) Bennett, Ross Bennett, Arlene Brown, John (Sonny) Bennett, Dena (Dave) Greanya and Kirk Bennett and their respective families which is 81Grandchildren , 32 Great Grandchildren and one Great, Great Grandchild; her sister Dorothy as well as the many others that called her Mom or Grandma. Kay was predeceased by her Husband Eldon, her Parents John and Barbara Suttill; her Brothers, John, Henry, Ken, Bill, Jim and her sisters Betty and Rona, numerous brother and sister –in-laws and grandson Danny Bennett.
A Funeral service will be held for kay at the Hinton Community Centre Friday, May 26th at 1:30 pm.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Button for her years of dedication, kindness and compassion shown to Kay and her family. We would also like to thank the staff of Hinton General Hospital, Home Care staff and Pine Valley Lodge staff for the loving care that was always extended to Kay.