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Lib Bennett


Lib Bennett
Oct. 5, 1937 – Nov. 18, 2023
Funeral services were Nov. 22, 2023, at Magee’s Creek Baptist Church for Mary Elizabeth “Lib” Bennett, 86, of Kokomo, who died Nov. 18, 2023, interment at the Darbun Community Cemetery, Rev. Max Parris officiating, Tim and Bobby Sanderson providing special music.
She was born on Oct. 5, 1937, to Percy and Rena May in the Union/Tylertown Community of Walthall County. She attended and graduated from Tylertown High School. Mrs. Bennett was a member of Union Baptist Church where she came to know Jesus. .
She graduated as a registered nurse from Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing, in Baton Rouge in 1958. Her nursing career included working in clinics, hospitals, home health, and teaching nursing students in multiple capacities. Her love of healthcare often took her in many directions. After a tornado hit McComb, destroying school and shopping areas, Mrs. Bennett got in an ambulance and rode to the scene to provide first responder care to those injured.
On July 4, 1959, she married Dewitt Bennett. They lived in the Darbun community on Dewitt’s family farm. She became a member of Dewitt’s home church, Magee’s Creek Baptist Church. She got involved where she served on various committees, one of her favorites was the kitchen committee. She loved cooking and serving food. Over the years Lib taught Sunday School classes, Bible Studies, and was president/director of the churches Women’s Missionary Union. She loved missions’ education, mission service projects, and mission trips. One of her favorite community service projects was ministering to homebound individuals and providing fruit baskets for them. She loved mission trips to volunteer at Brantley Baptist Center and Baptist Friendship House in New Orleans, where her daughter served as a missionary.
Mrs. Bennett loved living on a Dairy Farm and country life. One of her greatest joys from living in a rural area was to be available to family and friends living in the community when health issues arose. She sometimes took her two children with her when going to assist others.
Survivors are her two children Danny (Karen) Bennett and Kay; four granddaughters Kristi Bennett-Holmes(Eric), Emily Bennett Greemann (Ryan), Danielle Bennett, and Beth Bennett Cranford(Joel); one great granddaughter Faye Greemann; her brother Joe T May(Wanda).
She is preceded in death by her husband Dewitt, parents Percy and Rena May, brother Robert May (Elizabeth), sister Evelyn Harding (Jack), sister Linda Price (Jim), sister Amy Sanderson Sanders (Bob Sanderson, Jim Sanders).
Pallbearers were Curtis Rimes, Brad Rimes, Jerry May, Dwight Rimes, Joseph Boone, Brian May.
Honorary pallbearers were Ronnie Bennett, Jack Hartley, Bobby Sanderson, Fleet Miller, Jr. and Tim Sanderson.
In lieu of flowers, Lib requested donations be made to Baptist Friendship House in New Orleans, LA or to the Mississippi Baptist Children’s Village.
Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia was in charge of arrangements. Friends may sign an online guest register book at www.hathornfuneralhome.com

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