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Ann Ferrara Obituary
Ann Ferrara Known to all family and friends as "Ann" or "Annie", Violet Annalee Bennett was born on Dec. 25,1924. (Christmas) to Dewey and Rebecca Bennett. Her birthplace was Dadeville, Missouri, but she came to Tulare County and the Visalia area when she was only a few months old. She died at home in Exeter on May 27, 2013 at the age of 88. One of five children, she was orphaned by the age of six. She was raised by her uncle and aunt, Arthur and Ressa Bennett, Her siblings were split up to be raised by other family members and friends. She was educated in Visalia Schools, graduating from Visalia High School in 1942. Ann married Eugene B. "Gene" Ferrara in 1947 and became part of a 3rd generation California citrus farming family. She continued to farm until her death. Recognized for her many years of dedicated service to Sacred Heart Church, the Altar Society, Sacred Heart Women's Guild and CCD Program, she was named "Woman of the Year" in the late 1970s, only the second woman to be so recognized at that time. A perpetual volunteer for organizations such as the PTA, room mothers, Cub Scouts, Heart Fund, March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society, she was most comfortable working behind the scenes to help prepare local fundraising dinners and used her artistic skills to decorate for many local parties and events. Ann served two years on the Exeter Memorial District Board completing the remaining term of her deceased husband in the early 1980s. Ann and Gene were the host family for two American Field Service students while their children were in high school. She served for many years on the local American Field Service Board. Even before Martha Stewart made it popular, there was no home project too difficult for her to tackle. Ann designed the home that she and Gene built just north of Exeter and she took great pride in her artistic ability and creative decorating. She loved to tend to her beautiful garden and yard. Ann and Gene both enjoyed entertaining at their home and her cooking skills and hospitality were appreciated by her family and friends. She loved to travel and was an avid reader her entire life. Ann was predeceased by her parents, Dewey and Rebecca West Bennett, her husband Gene, brothers Loyd, Charles, Paul Kenneth and Guy. She is survived by her two children Susan Bybee, Joseph Ferrara (Mary), five grandchildren, Todd Ferrara (Jennifer); Christopher Ferrara (Adrienne); Jody Pulford (Joe); Adam Bybee and Amanda Bybee, five great grandchildren, sisters-in-law Mildreene Kirby and Anita Rose Bagley, as well as, several nephews and nieces. Over the last few years, Ann was well cared for by the Kaweah Delta Private Home Care administrative staff and its excellent CNA caregivers. Ann's family wants to especially thank these caregivers for their loving dedication to Ann's wellbeing. Catholic funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Ann Ferrara to: Hospice of Tulare County, 900 West Oak Ave. Visalia, CA 93291 or Children's Library Program C/O Tulare County Library 200 W. Oak Ave. Visalia, CA 93291. Arrangements by Smith Family Chapel, Exeter. Condolences: www.smithfamilychapel.com

Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on May 29, 2013
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