Dana Jo Bennett, 87, peacefully passed away in her home in Tustin, Calif., on Jan. 21, 2013.
Dana Jo was born to Hollis and Harriet Bradford on Dec. 20, 1926, in Lewiston, Idaho. She enjoyed sorority life while attending the University of Washington
and received her B.A. in English from Texas Tech. in 1948.
She married Byron J. Bennett on June 14, 1947, in Bremerton, Wash.
Her life was dedicated to serving her family, community, and church. She and Byron served as foster parents to several children before adopting seven of their own. Dana Jo started the Pink Ladies Auxiliary and Candy Stripers at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in the 1960s and later served on the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Board. She held leadership positions in A.A.U.W., P.E.O., book clubs, bible study, the United Methodist Church, and many other organizations. Her love of children and music led her to work with youth in the United Methodist Church, direct the Bell Choir, and spend many hours performing joyful duets on the piano.
She was preceded by her parents and a daughter, Lucy Bennett.
Dana Jo is survived by (at the time of her death) her husband, Byron Bennett, and immediate family members of three daughters, Noelle Siri Abbott, Megan Bennett, Beth Ellen Bennett-Blesi, and three sons, John Bradford Bennett, Clark Bennett, and Scott Bennett. She also leaves behind several grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were dear to her heart.
A joint celebration of life will be held for Dana Jo and Byron Bennett Thursday, April 4, at 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Bozeman.
Memorial donations may be made to the Dana Jo and Byron Bennett Scholarship Fund, Montana State University Foundation, Bx. 172750, Bozeman, MT 59717, or to the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Foundation, 931 Highland Blvd., Ste. 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715.