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Susan Jennifer Bennett

Sylva - Susan Jennifer "Jenny" Bennett, of Sylva, North Carolina, passed away on June 8 2015 in her beloved Smoky Mountains. She was born August 25, 1952 in Washington D.C. to Edward W. Bennett and Barbara Johnstone Bennett. She grew up in Arlington Virginia, going on many family outings and hikes in the woods there. Jenny has always had an adventurous spirit and hitchhiked across Europe when she was 18. She went to college at New College in Sarasota, Florida where she received a Bachelors degree in philosophy. She was also very interested in writing and editing, and earned a Masters degree in creative writing a few years later. In 1980 Jenny married Chris Hebb. They moved to Knoxville where Chris went to school at the University of Tennessee. While living in Knoxville, Jenny was employed as a writer for a journal about the coal market. It was during this period that she began hiking in the Smoky Mountains and joined the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club. A few years later Jenny divorced Chris and she moved north to Gloucester, Massachusetts. She spent many years exploring the White Mountains in New England with her dear friend Bob Parlee. Her accomplishments included summiting all of the highest mountains of New England in summer and winter. Jenny traveled to many locations all around the world. She frequently summited the highest point wherever she traveled. In 2009 Jenny returned to the Smoky Mountains and lived in North Carolina. Her many off trail adventures in the Smokies are well known to her family, friends and members of the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club. She shared her adventures through her passionate writings in her blog Endless Streams and Forests. Jenny also published two novels "Murder at the Jumpoff" in 2011 and "The Twelve Streams of LeConte" in 2014. She wrote another unpublished book about the Boer War in South Africa.

Jenny was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Bennett and Barbara Bennett, and her cat, Lucy. She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Bennett of Northampton, Massachusetts; her brother, Peter Bennett (Robin) of Bozeman, Montana; nieces, Amelia Jarvis of Great Falls, Montana, Jocelyn Minge of Portland, Oregon and Guinevere vonMeyenfeldt of Bozeman, Montana; grand-nephew, Justin Jarvis of Great Falls, Montana. She will be dearly missed by her many friends and hiking companions on both ends of the Appalachian Mountain Range.

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on June 14, 2015
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