Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

February 14, 2014

Ramona Bennett


Harvey — Ramona Mae Bennett was born April 20, 1933, the daughter of Walter and Elsie (Barnhill) Pettyjohn.  Ramona was the 12th child of 16 in her family, born and raised in Marysville.  On Sept. 2, 1950, she was united in marriage to Leslie Robert Bennett and celebrated 62 wonderful years together.

Ramona was a member of the Harvey United Methodist Church.  She had a love for cooking, baking and crocheting .  She loved her many flower gardens and garage sales in the spring and summer.  She and Leslie shared the love of bowling and participated in many leagues thru the years.  

Ramona passed away on Feb. 6, 2014, at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House at the age of 80.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Bennett, her grandson, Joe Ball, her parents,  four brothers and eight sisters.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Pamela Bennett of Harvey, Robert Bennett of Harvey, Dianna Guzman of Pella and Darrell (Debbie) Bennett of Knoxville; brothers, Malcom “Buddy” (Thelma) Pettyjohn of Oskaloosa, Lowell “Crow” Pettyjohn of Knoxville, and sister, Verna (Donald) Means of Milan, Ill.; brothers-in-law, Donald (Shirley) Bennett of Melcher and Roger (Marty) Bennett of Omaha; grandchildren, Scott Starmer, Brenda Moss, Shawn Agan, Andy Bennett, Cory Vanderveer, Abby Helmon, Shelly Wenzel, Bobbie Doty, James Bennett, Aaron Vanderheiden and Ben Vanderheiden; 21 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

Funeral Services were Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at the Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville with Pastor Diana Pollard of the Harvey United Methodist Church officiating. Burial followed in Marysville Cemetery in Marysville.  For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Harvey.


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