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Mary Catherine Bennett

Mary Catherine Bennett

April 23, 1929 - February 5, 2017     Age: 87

Mrs. Mary Catherine Bennett age 87, of Fernandina Beach, Fl, passed away Sunday February 5, 2017 at her residence on Calhoun Street with her family by her side.  A native and lifelong resident of Fernandina, she was born on April 23, 1929, the daughter of the Late Joseph Francis and Rachel O’Hagan Bruni , members of a pioneer Fernandina family.  She graduated from St. Josephs Academy in 1947 and worked with her family at the Coca Cola Bottling Company in Fernandina.  In 1950 she married Cecil A. Bennett and they were dedicated members of their church.  She assisted the teachers at St. Josephs Academy and was also very involved in the St. Michaels Women’s Auxiliary.  In her spare time, she worked with ceramics and soon came to be quite known for her fine detailed creations.  Mary Catherine was a faithful and long time member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Her beloved sister Gloria Bradley, her brother-in-law, Payton Bradley and her niece Carol Ann Bradley all preceded her in death.

She leaves behind her husband of 67 years, Capt. Cecil A. Bennett, her son and daughter-in –law,  Cecil Alvin “Al” Bennett  and Mary  Godwin Bennett, her two daughters and son-in-laws, Cecilia Ann and Kevin M. McCarthy and Julia Catherine and David Lee Powell  all of Fernandina Beach, Fl.  Her brother and sister-in-law Joe and Dana Hardee Bruni of Morgan City, La., Grandchildren, Brad and Kristy Bennett,  Deron Bennett, Kyle and Jamie McCarthy, Sorcha and Rob Pellatier, Dorie and Mark Chauncey, Keith and Jennifer McCarthy,  Brett McCarthy , Ten Great-Grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 PM , with the Vigil Service commencing at 6:00 PM.

A Funeral Mass of Celebration will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday at St. Michaels Catholic Church with Monsignor Vincent Haut, officiating.  The family will serve as pallbearers. Mrs. Bennett will be laid to rest in the family lot in Bosque Bello Cemetery.  Floral Tributes are accepted or you may make memorials in her name to St. Michaels Catholic Church, 505 Broome Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034.

7 Condolences

  • Wanda Cuthrell Mastin Posted February 7, 2017 9:08 am

    My love and prayers are with the family. Cherish each other, your love and memories. Remember her with a smile and know she lives forever within your hearts, forever a part of you.

  • Anita Portier White Posted February 7, 2017 9:55 am

    Sorry for your loss. She was always a very happy person..

  • Debbi and Clint Rich Posted February 7, 2017 6:34 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your precious Mom , so many sweet memories .. Love and prayers to all …

  • Barbara Thrift Posted February 8, 2017 6:41 am

    So sorry for your loss. Love & prayers to all. ♡

  • Janis johnson Posted February 8, 2017 10:39 am

    Julie and family, so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a sweet lady. I remember visiting your mom and dad with my daddy.

  • Bill & Judy Brown Cox Posted February 11, 2017 3:33 pm

    So sorry to read of the loss of your sweet wife and mother, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • DUANE SIMS Posted February 15, 2017 1:36 am

    Al and Mary,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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