Sept. 14, 1923 - May 6, 2014
Barbara Jeanne Bennett passed away Tuesday, May 6, at the age of 90. She was born Sept. 14, 1923 to Louise and Howard C. Boykin in Santa Rosa, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Meredith R. Bennett. "Bobbie" and Meredith were married June 9, 1945 during one of Meredith's furloughs while service in the U.S. Army Air Force. They made their home in Vallejo where they both had grown up, attended school, and worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Their daughter, Barbara "Babs" was born in 1946 and Bobbie became involved in PTA, Camp Fire Girls, and Sunday School Assistant. She loved her family and enjoyed anytime they all could be together.
Bobbie was a happy soul and always had music playing in her home. She liked to bake and sew and spend time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed traveling, whenever anyone got the "bug", she was more than happy to jump on board and go along! It was always special to spend vacations at her husband's family cabin at Lake Tahoe, built in 1932 by Meredith's father, Frank Bennett and uncle, Ernest Wichels.
Bobbie had an amazing memory and loved to share stories of her life. She always enjoyed history and especially family history, vividly remembering stories of old Vallejo where her grandfather, John Casmann, ran the City Bakery.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Meredith, Barbara was also preceded in death by her sister, Florence. She is survived by her daughter, Babs and son-in-law, John Griener, and nieces Connie Kerr Stevenson, Kathy Kerr Boyl, and Lynn Bennett Burchfield and their families. She will be missed by all.
If desired, donations may be made to the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, 734 Marin St., Vallejo CA 94590 or to the
A simple graveside service will be held at Sunrise Cemetery on Friday, May 16 at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and visiting for friends and family at Zio Fraedo's. Cremation and arrangements entrusted to the direction and care of Twin Chapels Mortuary, Vallejo. (707) 552-6696. www.TwinChapelsMortuary.com.
Twin Chapels Mortuary
1100 Tennessee Street Vallejo, CA 94590
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on May 14, 2014