Laura Bennett

Lucille (Hayes) Bennett

April 17, 1921 - March 7, 2020
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Lucille Hayes was born on April 17, 1921, in Wasta, SD, to Emmet and Matilda (Lassegard) Hayes. She grew up in Boneita Springs, where she attended school through the 8th grade. She was fond of saying that she had to walk to school uphill both ways.
It took her six years to get through high school because she took two years off to take care of her ailing mother. She attended New Underwood and Owanka High Schools, then graduated from Plano High School near Mitchell. Lucille got her teaching certificate from Notre Dame Junior College in Mitchell. She always told us kids that she graduated in the top ten of her class. There were only nine people in her class.
She taught two years at the Enning School, where she walked one mile each way. Then, she taught for two years at the Eleanor School, northwest of Union Center.
On June 14, 1944, she married Wilbert Bennett, and they resided on a ranch northwest of Union Center until they retired and moved to Sturgis in 1987. To this union, four children were born, John, Jerry, Mildred, and Eilene. Lucille was a typical farm wife. She raised chickens, milked cows, grew a large garden, and canned beef, chicken, and garden produce. She enjoyed knitting and made afghans for her children, grandchildren, and several others. She loved to play cards, and played up until the end. The high point of most of the grandchildren’s days was to beat her at any type of cards.
Lucille (Hayes) Bennett passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care at the age of 98.
Lucille is survived by her brother, DeWayne (Diana) Hayes of Sturgis; her children, John (Helen) Bennett of Bismarck, ND, Jerry Bennett of Sturgis, Mildred (Charles) Reid of Nisland, and Eilene (Tom) Asheim of Sturgis; ten grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Sam Bennett; sisters-in-law, Fern, Lucille, and Zeta Bennett, and Donna Sexton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Emmet and Matilda Hayes; her husband of 46 years, Wilbert Bennett; brothers, Lester and Gordon Hayes; granddaughter, Amy Lou Reid; and grandson-in-law, Jeremy Sechser.
Lucille was proud to have been a Meade County resident for her entire life.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the United Methodist Church in Sturgis. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Sturgis Regional Senior Care.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    March 11, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    March 11, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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  • Funeral Service

    March 12, 2020 | 11:00am
    March 12, 2020 11:00am
    Sturgis United Methodist Church
    1755 Ball Park Road
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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    Pastor Jenene Earl
    Pastor Harold Delbridge
  • Interment

    March 12, 2020 |
    March 12, 2020
    Bear Butte Cemetery
    1147 Sherman St.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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JOAN Hobernicht

Posted at 02:11am
I am sorry to hear of Lucilles passing.the boys stayed with Nick and I while they went to high school. Lucille and I had lots o f visits.

karla berglund

Posted at 10:46am
Mildred and family, I am sorry for you loss of your mother it is a very hard to go though. But just remember all the love she had for you and now she in a beautiful place. she will be with you for ever in your hearts. Prayers and god be with you. Gary and Karla Berglund

Faye Mutchler

Posted at 10:36am
Our sincere sympathy to the family im sure she will be dearly missed .Our thoughts and prayers go with you all.
Faye Mutchler

Elaine Jensen

Posted at 07:22pm
While working today I have reflected on so many beautiful memories of Aunt Lucille. I dearly loved this precious lady. While growing up we often stopped by on Sunday afternoons on our way home from having Sunday dinner with Grandpa & Grandma Goodwin. Aunt Lucille would serve cream puffs and they were pure heaven. I always loved the time we spent together playing games or cards. My heart is happy though as she is in heaven with Jesus and Uncle Wilbert and our many loved ones.
The celebrating that is going on must be incredible!! I will be forever grateful for our family. Sending my love and prayers to all.

Stanley&Glenda Matt

Posted at 05:37pm
Our sympathy to all of Lucille's family. Lucille was always ready with a smile and a hello, she would visit with the young, same age or the old folks. We are thankful for all the Boneita Picnics thru the years, getting to learn about the past and it was uphill to school both ways. The Arnold and Elsie Matt kids have a lot of 4-H memories with the Bennet families, Arnold grew up with the Hayes family, so there were lots of stories to tell. Thinking of you all.

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