Beverly Stucker Bennett, 91, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.
A memorial service is set for 11:30 a.m. Jan. 13, 2017, at First Baptist Church, 410 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, Kansas.
Beverly was born Jan. 21, 1925, in LaGrange, Illinois, to E Gordon and Blanche Potts Stucker. The family moved often, finally returning to her parentsí hometown of Ottawa in 1938. Beverly attended Ottawa University for one year then transferred to University of Kansas, where she graduated in 1946 with a degree in early childhood education. She was an active member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
She married Ransom Bennett Jr. (Rans) on June 29, 1946, after he returned from his service on a Navy minesweeper in the South Pacific in WWII. They were one of the first couples married in the Danforth Chapel at KU. They lived in Lawrence while Rans completed his degree at KU and Bev taught at the KU Nursery School. They returned to Ottawa in 1947.
Beverly was always interested in early childhood education and enjoyed tutoring children. She also was an active advocate for the disabled. She served on many boards and dedicated much of her time and energy to improving services to the disabled. She was a member of First Baptist Church, P.E.O and Entre Nous.
In 2008, she moved from Ottawa to Aberdeen Village in Olathe, where she resided until moving to Atria Aquidneck Place in Rhode Island two years ago, to be closer to her daughter Barb. She lived an active life there, even initiating a tap dancing class (sitting) for the residents.
Throughout her life, Beverly had a special gift for connecting with people. She was loved and admired by many for her gracious and humble spirit. She never lost her joy and appreciation for the people and beauty of her world. She will leave an enduring imprint on the hearts of all who knew her.
She is predeceased by husband Frank Ransom Bennett, Jr. (2003); and son John Gordon Bennett (2014).
She is survived by children, Frank Thomas Bennett (Michael Winn), Barbara Bennett Deacon (John) and Davis Stucker Bennett. She is also survived by grandsons, Daniel Bennett Deacon (Laurel) and Matthew John Deacon. She also leaves three cherished great-grandchildren, Elle, Ransom and Everly Deacon.
Contributions in her memory may be made to First Baptist Church or Ottawa University.