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Bertha J. Bennett April 4, 1911 -- Sept. 14, 2005

Bertha J. Bennett, a former cafeteria worker who grew prize violets, died Wednesday in East Side Nursing Home. She was 94.

Born Bertha Beeman in Perry, she was one of 11 children.

She had worked in the cafeteria at Perry High School.

Mrs. Bennett was a member of the National Grange and the former Livingston County African Violet Society, where she won many blue ribbons for her prize violets.

She was a life member and oldest member of First United Methodist Church in Perry. She loved crocheting and embroidering and was a New York Yankees fan.

Her husband of 40 years, Henry, died in 1975.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Mead of Silver Springs and Nellie Caryl of Varysburg; two sisters, Mary Streamer and Eva Wildey, both of Warsaw; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

Services are at noon Saturday in Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, 98 N. Main St., Perry. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Perry.

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