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Mary Mekeel Bennett

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Mary Mekeel Bennett

ROCK HILL, N.C. – Mary Mekeel Bennett, 90, of Rock Hill, S.C., passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at her home.

Born in Harmon, she was the daughter of Julius and Blanche Mekeel. She served in the Army Nurse Corps as a first lieutenant during World War II. She retired from Piedmont Medical Center and York General Hospital, both in Rock Hill, after 25 years. She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, St. Martha Study Group, American Legion Post 34, and the Elks Club, all in Rock Hill.

She is survived by her three sons, William Thomas Bennett of Baytown, Texas, and Clyde Mark Bennett and Richard Joseph Bennett, both of Rock Hill; three daughters, Sister Carolyn Ann Bennett of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Savannah, Ga., Nancy Louise Grane of Coloma, Mich., and Patricia Ellen Winner and her husband, Stan, of Virginia Beach, Va.; a sister, Blanche Ann Rios and her husband, Edward, of Peoria; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wade T. Bennett; a son, Wade T. Bennett Jr.; a daughter, Mary Catherine Bennett; three brothers, James Edward Mekeel, A.H. “Joe” Mekeel, and Richard Mekeel; and a sister, Alice Mekeel Whiting.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home in Rock Hill. A service to celebrate her life will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Anne Catholic Church in Rock Hill, with the Rev. Joseph Wahl officiating. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Park in Rock Hill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anne Catholic Church, 1694 Byrd St., Rock Hill, SC 29730; The Oratory, P.O. Box 11586, Rock Hill, SC 29731; and Hospice and Community Care, 2275 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732.

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