Mabel Bennett

Mabel “Frances” Hedrick Bennett, age 81, of Durbin, passed from this life Friday, May 2, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family.

Born Friday, January 20, 1933, in Elkins, she was a daughter of the late Frank Hedrick and Georgia Persinger Hedrick.

On August 30, 1947, she married Frank Bennett who preceded her in death in 1971.

Frances attended Randolph County schools. Prior to moving back to West Virginia in 1970, she made her home in Millers, Maryland. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and attended the Rebecca Lodge. She loved to collect Native American items, play Skipbo and Dominoes and was a superb cook who fed many. Before moving to Durbin, she lived in the Tygart Valley Apartments in Elkins and enjoyed a close knit group of friends.

She was of the Baptist faith and had been attending Bethel United Methodist Church of Durbin. Frances will always live in the hearts of many and be remembered for all the good things she did for everyone.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Roscoe, David, James and Grover; and three sisters, Katherine, Ruth and Ella.

Left to cherish Frances’ memory are six children, Sheila Rexrode, of Durbin, James Bennett, and wife, Valinda, of Frank, Frank Bennett, Jr., and wife, Terry, of Huttonsville, Kimberly Rugemer, and husband, Kevin, of Elkins, Donna Nicely, and husband, Don, of Surry, Virginia, and Linda Carr, of Montrose; a brother, William Hedrick, and wife, Glenda, of Elkins; a sister, Ocie Rosier, of Elkins; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

At her request a graveside service was held May 3 at the Bennett Family Cemetery in Frank with Rev. Gary Phillips officiating.

Memorials may be made to Mountain Hospice, 1002 South Crim Avenue, Belington, WV 26250.

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