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Elizabeth "Betty" Ann (Summers) Bennett

Born: Wed., Aug. 4, 1943
Died: Thu., Jun. 18, 2020

Family to do services at later date

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Betty Bennett Passes Away at 76


       Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Bennett, of Liberty Township and Porter, died Thursday, June 18, 2020 at her home.   She was 76.  

       Betty was born August 4, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Levi George Summers and Martha (Butler) Summers, who preceded her in death.

       In 1965 in Chesterton, Betty married the love of her life, George R. Bennett Jr. of Dune Acres, who preceded her in death.

       Betty is survived by two loving daughters, Mary Elizabeth Bennett of Chesterton and Catherine Bennett Colín of Porter; as well as a very dear son-in-law, José Manuel Colín Morales.

       The oldest of three children, Betty grew up in Chesterton and was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Chesterton, and later St. Paul Lutheran Church in Michigan City, Indiana.  She graduated from Chesterton High School in 1961 and then attended Purdue University Extension in Michigan City.  Betty began working for the Insurance Exchange in Chicago and a friend told her about two nice young men, George and Lynn Bennett, who had a carpool she could join. She quickly fell in love with the handsome brown eyes gazing back at her in the rear-view mirror.  A short courtship later and Betty and George were married.

       George was a private pilot, and Betty learned to be a top-notch navigator.  They enjoyed endless air-trips for many years.  They also shared a love of trains, history and camping: all of which made for many memorable family trips with the girls.

       Betty was an active member of Al-Anon since 1974.  She owed the success of her marriage, serenity and happiness to the 12 Step Program that she and George shared together until his death in 2002.  Betty went on to continue working her program which benefited not only her, but countless others. Thank you, Betty.

       In recent years, Betty found yet another group of friends at Sunrise Restaurant in Chesterton. She appreciated the conversation, friendship and most of all the laughter the staff and “regulars” would share on sometimes daily basis. 

       With concerns about Covid-19 and ongoing quarantine, no service will be held at this time.  The family plans to schedule a Celebration of Life in the near future and hopes friends and family will be able to attend.

       Professional arrangements are entrusted to the White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN.  Memories may be shared at: www.whitelovefuneralhome.com.

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Judy Weidman Bishop
   Posted Tue June 23, 2020
Dear Family of Betty Bennett,
I was a classmate of Betty's at CHS. She was such a sweet, kind, fun-loving kid. My elder sister, Joan Weidman and your mom were very good friends. I can remember many times hearing them on the back porch laughing and laughing. They were in high school then. And I remember so well my sister Joan telling me" Betty is the best friend I could ever have. She loves to have crazy times, laughs out loud and has done so much for me". What a tribute to your wonderful mother. My sincerest condolences - it is so hard when we lose our parents - they knew us forever and we always knew we were number one in their lives. Please know you are in my prayers. Judy Weidman Bishop

Lois Fancher16
   Posted Wed June 24, 2020
Dear Mary & Cathy, I was so very sorry to read of your Mom's passing. Remember her from all the years at Bethlehem church and from her and Ollie being in the same CHS class of '61'. She was always bubbly & friendly and when we ran into each other both of us were glad to see the other one. The last few times I talked to her was at Round The Clock. My daughter Vicki and Son Glen also send their sympathy. You are in our prayers.

Scott Westergren
   Posted Fri June 26, 2020
Mary and Cathy, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. She was a great person and a great friend. I can't even begin to touch on all of the wonderful Betty and George memories that I have or how much my mom and dad loved them. She was truly a special person. I'm sure there is a really good "meeting" going on in heaven right now.

Scott Westergren and the Westergren Family

Pat Hyre Maibauer
   Posted Mon June 29, 2020
So very sorry for your loss Mary and Cathy. Your Mom was a wonderful lady, I will always remember her sweet gentle voice. She was my Mom’s (Mary Hyre) best friend, they had countless hours of phone conversations which meant a lot to both of them. She will be missed, you were truly blessed to have such a special loving lady as your Mother. Sending prayers for peace and comfort.

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