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BENNETTS, Clara Eveline (nee Yeoman)

February 27, 1917 – Manitou, MB
June 19, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Clara Eveline Bennetts of Calgary passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the age of 97 years.

Clara was born in Manitou, Manitoba on Feb. 27, 1917 and grew up on the farm in Saskatchewan. She attended Saskatoon Normal School and taught in several rural one-room schools. During her time at Pine Valley School near Prince Albert, she met John (Jack) Bennetts. They were married in 1942, and celebrated 60 years together on Sept. 16, 2002, shortly before Jack passed away. They moved to Calgary in 1948 with three children – David, Bill and Ruth. Son Bob was born in Calgary in 1949.

Clara was a faithful member of St. Matthews United Church for more than 60 years and was active in many church activities, as well as volunteering in the community. She spent many enjoyable hours with the Good Companions Senior group. Writing poetry was one of her passions, especially poems describing the many travel adventures shared with Jack, as well as several cruises she undertook on her own after Jack’s passing. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, and playing Scrabble.

Clara is survived by her children David Bennetts of Calgary, Bill Bennetts (Marjorie) of Cranbrook, B.C, Ruth King (Brian) of Lethbridge; her grandchildren Michael King and Jeff King (Amanda); her great-grandchildren Liam and Joel King, all of Lethbridge; her sister-in-law Eleanor Yeoman of Kelowna, B.C. Clara was predeceased by her husband, John; her son Bob; her brothers Tom, Frank and Dave Yeoman and sisters Maria Middleton and Vivian Stotyn.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Matthew’s United Church (2039 – 26A Street S.W.) on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. A private family Graveside service will be held at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Clara Bennetts, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. (Rev.) Clint Mooney :

    My thoughts and prayers are with all who are part of Clara’s family. She was a fine lady, and a stalwart and determined supporter of the church and of all that she believed in. Along with Jack, she was steadfast, resilient and strong, a person who brought to mind the pioneering virtues that have probably been essential in building this country. I am very glad to have known her.
    God be with you all.

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  2. To each one of the Bennetts Family,
    Our Clara has been a source of the history of the time era through which she lived, especially since 1948 when the family made Calgary their home and chose St. Matthew’s as their home church. Clara and Jack contributed so much to the growth and development of the Killarney/Glengarry district, to St. Matthew’s Church and then the Good Companion’s Senior’s Club. Clara’s influence will be sadly missed. My condolences to each of the family.

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