Ada J. Bennett, 97, of Griggsville, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at Griggsville Estates.
She was born Nov. 2, 1915, in Cass County, the daughter of Henry and Mathilda Krohe Hendricker. She married Frank Dean Bennett on Aug. 12, 1944, in Beardstown, and he preceded her in death Feb. 9, 2004.
She is survived by her children, Mary Ada (Paul) Dillinger of Bourbonnais, Galen (Donna) Bennett of Moville, Iowa, and Alvin Rhea (Michele) Bennett of Griggsville; 10 grandchildren, Frank (Catherine) Dillinger, Dan (Erica) Dillinger, Mary (Joseph) Meek, Sarah (Matt) Zirbel, Monica Bennett, Olivia (Eric) Houde, Alicia (Shane) Shaddix, Micah (Krista) Bennett, Matthew Bennett and stepgrandson, Adam (Lauren) Baumgarten; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Bertha (Ralph) Wankel of Beardstown and Vera (Calvin) Johnson of Jacksonville; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Brian, in infancy; five brothers, Lewis, in infancy, Harold, Homer, Ralph and Irvin Hendricker; and four sisters, Mabel, in infancy, Myrtle Carls, Phyllis Crocker and Rosa Edge.
Mrs. Bennett attended Krohe School in Arenzville and graduated from Beardstown High School in 1936, then Olivet Nazarene College in Kankakee in 1940. She taught at Buck School in Arenzville and Arenzille High School, before moving to Pike County. In 1960, she began teaching at Perry High School, then Griggsville High School and later in 1966, became the first bookmobile librarian for the Pittsfield School District, then finished her career as a librarian at East Pike High School where she worked for 10 years. Ada was a 70-year member of Griggsville Church of the Nazarene, serving as Sunday School Superintendent for many years. She served as the local president of the Griggsville Women's Christian Temperance Union for over 15 years and on various library boards, including the Griggsville Library Board and the former Great Rivers Library Board. Ada enjoyed sewing, entertaining and gardening, especially flower gardening.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Griggsville Church of the Nazarene, with burial at Griggsville Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Memorials are suggested to Griggsville Church of the Nazarene (designated for World Missions) or Olivet Nazarene University Lydia Hendricker Roat Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.airsman-hires.com. Airsman-Hires Funeral Chapel in Griggsville is in charge of the arrangements.
Airsman-Hires Chapel - Griggsville
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Griggsville, IL 62340
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Oct. 3, 2013