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1923 - 2012
Lil passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends Monday, December 3, 2012. She was born in Margaret, Alabama, the fourth child of Marion Daniel and Cassandra England who are waiting for her in heaven. She was predeceased by her two sisters, Alsie Simmons and Gertrude Kahlbau; her brother Lynton England; her husband Charles Bennett and her niece Lynton Meadows.
She is survived by two children, Dan Bennett ( Mary ) and Bonnie Rice ( Mickey ); five grandchildren, Jeff Bennett ( Natalie ), Brandi Kozbiel ( Jim ), Daniel Bennett ( Irina ), Jennifer Gibbs ( Mike ) and Timothy Bennett; and six great-grandchildren, Hillary Kozbiel, Nick Kozbiel, Audrey Bennett, Caroline Gibbs, Courtney Gibbs, and Yana Bennett. Also very dear to Lil were her special nieces and nephews; Janie Brown ( Bill ), Frank Kahlbau ( Marcia ), Kathy Kattau ( Paul ), and Wayne Kahlbau ( Lorice ).
Lil worked for several years and eventually retired from Federal Civil Service. She also found time to be a fantastic Mother, Nana, and Aunt who always had a smile on her face. She never met a stranger.
Lil loved her God and church, her family, her friends and Auburn football. She joined Myrtle Grove Baptist Church in 1937 and was a lifelong servant of the Lord. She was a Sunday school teacher and spent several years as a Superintendent. Lil led the assemblies and Gertie played the piano—the dynamic duo !! In later years, Lil was active in the church's homebound ministry.
During her residence at Life Care Center, she "adopted " all of the staff as her extended family. Everyone called her Nana and she was always in the company of loving friends.
Funeral Services will be held at Myrtle Grove Baptist Church presided over by Rev. Ron Pouliot. Pallbearers are : Dave Bradley, Dustin Kamm, Will Kahlbau, Mike Gibbs, Jeff Bennett, Jim Kozbiel and Nick Kozbiel. The family will receive friends at 10:00 AM, Friday, December 7, 2012. Services will follow at 11:00 AM with interment at Myrtle Grove Cemetery. A reception will follow at Myrtle Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
The family extends a special thank-you to the wonderful, loving caregivers at Life Care Center and Covenant Hospice. Your warmth and compassion sustained us through Mom's passage to heaven.
Arrangements entrusted to Rose Lawn Funeral Home of Gulf Breeze. You may offer condolences, share memories and sign the guestbook at www.roselawn-fh.com
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Dec. 6, 2012