Norma Jean Bennett

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MARYSVILLE - Norma Jean Bennett, 84, of Irwin, died late Sunday evening, September 17, at Kobacker House in Columbus.

She was a 1950 graduate of Mechanicsburg High School, where she met her husband, Jim, in the 7th grade. She worked as a telephone operator before owning and operating Bennett's Grocery in Irwin with Jim for over 50 years. They also operated Bennett's Billiard Parlor in Irwin for 20 years. She also worked as a waitress and cook for her mother-in-law at Bennett's Truck Stop for several years, and briefly worked at Siemens Allis in Marysville. After, she became a corrections officer at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, where she was "Corrections Office of the Year" in 1988.

Norma was a member of the Mid-Ohio Classic Scooter Club and the Brit Club where she and Jim made many lifelong friends. She belonged to the Madison County Senior Citizens Center for many years where she kept score for the pool league and enjoyed playing cards. She liked to read, do word puzzles, and attend local flea markets. She was an amazing cook who could prepare a delicious meal for a crowd in a matter of minutes. She also spent many evenings at home with family and friends playing "Knock."

Norma was born December 5, 1932 in Mechanicsburg to the late Edgar and Irene Ingman Meeks. She was also preceded in death by her mother and father-in-law, Annabel and Sheridan Bennett; infant brother Eddie; a brother, Melvin Meeks; a brother-in-law, John Bennett; and a niece, Tammy Brooks Picklesimer.

She married Jim Bennett in 1950 in Richmond, Indiana and is survived by her husband of 67 years. She is also survived by their daughter Teresa (Duane) Hodges of Marysville; grandsons Matt (Sharon) Hodges of Ashville, Jim (Jamie) Hodges of Midlothian, VA, Nick (Ashley) Hodges of Marysville; great-grandchildren Hayden, Lauren, Ethan, Jackson, Abigail, Rivers, Harrison and Beck; sister Donna Coder of Lakeview; brother Glen (Nancy) Meeks of Mechanicsburg; sister-in-law Joyce (Kenny) Martindale of Irwin; and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many special friends.

There will be a gathering of family and friends 2-4 p.m. Friday at the INGRAM FUNERAL HOME. The family will then go to the home of her daughter for a time of food and fellowship and would like to invite all who can to join them to continue remembering Norma.

Condolences may be expressed at

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Ingram Funeral Home - Marysville
975 N. Maple Street
Marysville, OH 43040
(937) 642 4861
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Published in Weekly Currents from Sept. 19 to Sept. 20, 2017