Leona Louise Bennett, 87, of Charlestown, NH, passed away peacefully January 2, 2019 in Springfield, VT, with family by her side.
,Leona was born in Acworth, NH on December 3, 1931, the daughter of Gordon Henry Bashaw and Ida Louise (Kinney) Bashaw.
Leona graduated from Charlestown High School, after which, she
resided in Charlestown, NH for most of her life. She married Carl (Red)
Harold Bennett on May 6, 1950. They were married for 58 years. Carl
predeceased her in April of 2009.
In addition to raising her children and caring for her family, later
in life Leona worked at Charlestown Elementary School in the kitchen.
Leona was wonderful with children and always enjoyed her interactions
with the students. Leona was respectfully named “Turtle” and she would
always call the students “her kids.” She never missed any of the
school programs and would always tell the students how wonderful their
shows were. Leona received employee of the year awards several times.
Also, a few of the yearbooks were dedicated to her during her tenure.
Leona loved her family and always enjoyed time with her children,
grandchildren and great grandchildren. Leona had many interests
throughout her life, to include: bowling; dancing; yodeling with her
sister; enjoying music, especially Elvis; watching birds at her bird
feeders; traveling; lounging poolside; time spent with friends and
cooking for family during the holidays.
Family includes: two daughters, LennyLee Loizeaux Bennett of St. Augustine, FL, and Dale Bennett Wood of Charlestown, NH; five grandchildren, Nathan Loizeaux, Johnathan Loizeaux, Nicole Loizeaux Skinner, Fawn Wood Thibodeau and Jeremy Wood; eight great grandchildren, Gunnar Thibodeau, Dominic Wood, Esme Wood, Adelaide Skinner, Oliver Skinner, Estelle Skinner, Linnea Skinner and Sebastien Loizeaux; one sister Ruthie Bashaw; one brother Gordon Henry (Butch) Bashaw Jr; two nieces Heidi Bushway and Natalie Bashaw; and one nephew Glenn Bashaw.
A service of Christian Burial to celebrate Leona’s life was held Saturday, January 5.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Fall Mountain Regional School District C/O Leona Bennett Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 720 Langdon, NH 03602.
The Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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