A Life’s Journey Well Lived
“For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then,
whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.” Romans14:8
Glorious Diann Simmons Bennett was born on November 15, 1946, in Richmond, Virginia. She was the first born of John Warren Simmons and Maria Evans Simmons. She peacefully transitioned from her earthly home to her eternal resting place on February 23, 2021, at her residence. She was preceded in death by her father, John Warren Simmons and brother, John Wayne Simmons. Her joyful childhood and close-knit relationships with her two younger siblings and parents instilled in her a warm and dedicated devotion to family.
Glorious was baptized at an early age at Sharon Baptist Church in Baskerville, Virginia. She attended church each Sunday with her family. She received her formal education in the public school system of Mecklenburg County, Virginia. She graduated from East End High School in 1964. She attended Virginia Union University (VUU) and graduated in 1968 with a BS Degree in Biology.
While at VUU she was inducted into the Tau Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated in 1966. After graduation, she transferred into Iota Sigma Alumnae Chapter (Richmond, Virginia). For over 50 years, she was an active and dedicated member until her passing. She loved attending sorority conferences, community service events and being a part of the sisterhood.
Following graduation, she returned to her high school alma mater to teach science and biology to ninth and tenth-grade students. After teaching for one year, she located to Richmond, Virginia and received employment with the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services as a Microbiologist. Her employment spanned for over thirty years, retiring in 2004 as a laboratory manager.
Glorious married her high school sweetheart, Willie L. Bennett, on May 3, 1970, to whom she remained dedicated and loyal until departing on February 23, 2021. She was a proud and dedicated mother to their daughter, Natalie Nicole. She loved sewing and making cute outfits for Natalie when she was a toddler.
Glorious joined St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and served as a devoted and faithful member for over forty years. She was a member of several auxiliary organizations in the church such as the Altar Guild, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW), St. Mary’s Guild, and a member of the Vestry Board. They relocated to Mecklenburg County in 2014. She joined St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Bracey, Virginia and continued her dedicated and faithful service as a servant of the Lord until her health began to fail.
Some of her interests included crocheting, shopping, sewing and vacationing with family and friends. She loved to visit unfamiliar locations in the US and embarking on cruises to islands such as Bermuda, St. Thomas and Aruba.
Glorious leaves to cherish her memories: her devoted husband and caregiver, Willie; her loving and devoted daughter, Natalie N. Bennett of Suitland, MD; mother, Maria Simmons of Baskerville, VA; sister, Betty Brown (Wayne - MD) of Milton, Massachusetts; one niece, Jenika Simmons; three nephews, Jabahri Simmons (Neelum), Kenneth Brown, Esq. (Christine) and Michael Brown, Esq; three great-nieces and four great-nephews; eight sisters-in-law, Louise Simmons (John-deceased); Margaret B. Meade (Milton); Gertrude B. McKeathern, Shirley B. Kirton, Marie Bennett and Julia Bennett; two brothers-in-law, Freddie Bennett (Colleen) and Claude Bennett (Rose). Also, cherishing her memories are two very close high school classmates, Ann Myers of Mount Vernon, NY and Sylvia Gladden of North Chesterfield, VA, and a host of family members, friends and sorority sisters.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished my race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me, but unto all also who have loved his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
A Graveside Service will be held at 11 am, Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church Cemetery, 401 Golf Drive, Bracey, VA with The Rev. Ruth G. Partlow officiating. Viewing will be from 12 noon-4 pm, Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at the funeral home. All attendees must wear a face covering per CDC regulations at both the viewing and the service. The service will also be live-streamed.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church ECW, P.O. Box 227, Bracey, VA 23919 or American Cancer Society, click on the following link, http://main.acsevents.org/goto/glorious
Services are entrusted to the professional staff of Oris P. Jones Funeral Establishment, 301 West Atlantic Street, South Hill, VA 23970. Phone: 434.447.7158; Fax: 434.447.7159; www.orispjones.com
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