Eileen Bennett

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Marjorie Eileen Bennett, 83, of rural Sedalia, Missouri, passed away on April 8, 2020 at Bothwell hospital in Sedalia. She was born Dec 8, 1936 near Taylor, Mo., the fourth child of Luke and Lorene (Bilderback) Logan. She started her education in a one room schoolhouse near the family farm at Taylor. She graduated from Palmyra High School in 1955. While studying to be a teacher at Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville, Mo., she met Joe Martin Bennett who was attending Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery. They were united in marriage on June 26, 1960 at Mt. Olivet Methodist Church in Taylor. She taught history at Palmyra High school for several years before moving with her husband Joe, to Tulsa Oklahoma, where he was completing his medical residency. Soon after they started their family, they lived in Sugar Creek, Mo., before settling in Sedalia, Mo., in 1966. Eileen was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Sedalia. Eileen enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, going to antique auctions and estate sales, and travelling the United States and overseas. In the 1970s she won multiple blue ribbons for sewing, baking and canning at the Missouri State Fair. She raised cattle for over 30 years. All throughout the 1990s she took delight in giving guided tours of her farm south of Sedalia to thousands of area school children taking fieldtrips to see the exotic animals. She loved seeing their faces light up with the joy they got from seeing and interacting with the animals. She cherished visits with relatives and friends, and family reunions. Anyone who met her instantly liked her. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Joe Martin Bennett, Sedalia; 3 sons, Lindley L. (Marietta) Bennett, Cypress, Texas, Edwin B. Bennett, Sedalia, Mo., and Galen B. Bennett, Sedalia, Mo.; 2 grandchildren, Linden Bennett, Dallas, Tx., and Emily Bennett, Kihei, Hawaii; a sister, Louise Schaffer, Clarksville, Mo., a brother, Forrest (Georgia) Logan, Taylor, Mo., several nieces and nephews, Carol Malloy, Willis, Tx., Charlotte Schaffer, Louisiana, Mo., Dale (Jane) Schaffer, Clarksville, Mo., Julie Ward (Rick Younger) Lawrence, Kansas, Susan (Kent) Coleman, Palmyra, Mo., and Larry (Marilyn) Logan, Taylor, Mo.; and several great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Luke and Lorene Logan; a daughter, Linda Lorene Bennett; a brother, Louis Logan; a brother-in-law, Millen Lee Schaffer; and 4 nephews, Davey Schaffer, Lonnie Schaffer, Bob Malloy and Marty Ward. Interment will be in the Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor, Mo., at a later date. The family suggests contributions to the State Historical Society of Missouri, or the animal shelter or charity of your choice. Contributions may be mailed or left in care of the Hadley Funeral Home, 405 E. Benton St., Windsor, MO 65360.
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