Born Dec. 23, 1939, she was the daughter of Winifield "Windy" and Mary Means Harmon.
She attended and graduated from Staunton High School with the class of 1957. After school, she was employed with Columbia Records, later to become secretary and Deputy Coroner in the Pathology Department of Clay County Hospital.
As a member of BPW, she was past President, Secretary of Bethel No. 29 Job's Daughters, she assisted the Staunton Alumni Membership Directory.
She became a dispatcher for the Underwood, Brazil and Wenco trucking.
Her summers consisted of working and cooking for Community Summer Showcase. Her love for cooking and baking cookies, and especially fudge, continued on with catering for her friends. A group of friends helped her bake 680 dozen cookies for the Rosedale Community Center at the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival.
Twelve years ago, she and husband Charles "Chuck" Bennett moved to the Lyford community. They became very active with the Covered Bridge Festival, selling crafts and wooden lawn ornaments in Billie Creek Village and Parke County Maple Syrup Festival and Montezuma area. She was an active member of the Covered Bridge Antique Power Association and attended many antique tractor shows.
She was sole proprietor of the Red Neck Workshop and tirelessly painting many wooden tulips.
Her faith took her to the Mecca Christian Church and the Emmaus Community, counseling to people both in good and troubled times. Her family and friends will always remember her generosity, love and laughter.
Survivors include her husband Chuck Bennett, children Kim Bowman and special friend Mark Ritter, Mike Earley and Michelle, grandchildren Kody and Kasey Bowman, Emily Drew and Lane Dransfield, special aunt Patty Swearingen, step-children Patsy Cox, Peggy Fellows, Jay Bennett, John Bennett, 12 step-grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m., Friday, in the Northside Community Methodist Church, 1075 N. Fruitridge Ave., Terre Haute, with Rev. Howard Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut Grove Cemetery, Clinton.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today in the church and one hour prior to the services on Friday.
Frist Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of handling arrangements.