Mary Helen Eckhart Bennett 88 yrs old loving mother, sister, & grandmother passed on November 1, 2019 with her loving family by her side. She raised 3 sons, Dennis (Diane) Bennett; Earl (DeLynn) Bennett both of Minford, Randy (Peggy Havens) of Lucasville and her daughter, Angie (Doug) Kilby of Georgetown, Ky. She was grandmother to 8 grandchildren, Andy (Lisa) Bennett, Scott (Joy) Bennett, Dr. Lindsay May, Wendy (Darren) Rawlins, Kristin Bennett (Ben Whetstine), Zachary Burgett, Adam Bennett, Amanda Clarke; 4 step-grandchildren, Jennifer, Nikki, Joseph & Joshua (Alyssa) Kilby; 10 great-grandchildren; 6 step-great-grandchildren & 2 great-great grandchildren all who loved her dearly, and a sister, Janet Eckhart Lewis who resides at Hillview Retirement. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Bennett Jr.; a grandson, Jeremy Burgett; brothers Harold, Orel & Dean Eckhart & Minnie; half sister, Edith Eckhart Kennedy & Gladys Eckhart; half brother, Marvin Eckhart, and a precious great granddaughter Elli Bennett. Mary Helen was born to Andrew & Irene Ietta Fields Eckhart on March 30, 1931. She married her high school sweetheart Marion Bennett, Jr. on his birthday August 16, 1947. They were married for wonderful 58 yrs. Mary Helen owned Mary Helen's Beauty Shoppe in Minford for 62 yrs. She also had done hair at Minford Retirement Center & for years at Erwin-Dodson Allen Funeral Home. Mom was doing hair up until 2 months before her passing. She attended Minford Bible Baptist Church and was a member of the Willow Garden Club. Mom loved to plant flowers in her garden, do word search puzzles, go to Lowe's, eat at Bob Evan's & Hickie's Hamburger Inn. She loved to knit & crochet. She played the organ for years at Madison Missionary Baptist Church, and still played at her home everyday. She was a remarkable godly woman and will be missed by many in this world.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford with Pastor Ryan Brown and Scott Bennett officiating. Burial will be at Bennett Cemetery in Minford. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service on Wednesday. Donations in her memory can be made to SOMC Hospice in Portsmouth or Alzheimers Association. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.
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