Waneta Ann Bennett
December 22, 1920  -  July 13, 2008

Waneta Ann Bennett

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Elmwood Funeral Home
5750 HWY 277 South
Abilene, TX  79606
Monday, July 14, 2008
6:00 to 8:00 PM
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Funeral Service
Brookhollow Christian Church
2310 S. Willis
Abilene, TX  79605
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
10:00 AM
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Memorial Service
East Dallas Christian Church
Dallas, TX  
Friday, July 18, 2008
10:00 AM

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Restland Cemetery
Dallas, TX  75243

Brookhollow Christian Church
2310 S. Willis
Abilene, TX  79605

Waneta Ann Deitch Bennett, passed from this world to her heavenly home on July 13, 2008. One of eight siblings, Waneta was born to Ross and Rose Deitch on December 22, 1920 in Martins Ferry, Ohio where she attended Martins Ferry High School. She was a cheerleader in high school. She married Charles E. Chuck Bennett of Martins Ferry on November 4, 1938. Her caring spirit was evidenced in her occupations over the years. She owned and taught at Kiddie Kollege kindergarten in New Orleans in association with St. Charles Avenue Christian Church. She and her family moved to Dallas, Texas in 1961 where she was a house mother to 16 teenage boys at Juliette Fowler Home for children. Several years later, she joined the staff of the Baylor College of Dentistry as a clinical supervisor, a position from which she retired in 1992. Over the years, she nurtured many students through their classes in the orthodontics department at Baylor. In the summer of 2006, she and Chuck moved to Abilene, Texas where she lived with her son, Ross. She and Chuck were longtime members of the East Dallas Christian Church and they joined Brook Hollow Christian Church on their arrival in Abilene.

Waneta was preceded in death by her parents, all her siblings, and her youngest son, Charles Allen Chuck, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 2001.

She is survived by her husband, Charles; son, Ross and his wife Joann of Abilene; daughter, Cindy Wall and husband Sampy of Houston; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday, July 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 HWY 277 South in Abilene. A memorial service will be conducted at Brook Hollow Christian Church, 2310 South Willis in Abilene on Tuesday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. Service schedule in Dallas will be: visitation at Restland Funeral Home, 9220 Restland Road, Richardson, Texas, on Thursday, July 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and a memorial service at East Dallas Christian Church on Friday, July 18 at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brook Hollow Christian Church or East Dallas Christian Church.


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  1. The Bales Family
    Dallas, TX

    Waneta and Chuck were our neighbors when Jayson I bought our very first home in East Dallas. They quickly became more than just neighbors.... they became our dearest friends. We feel so blessed to have had them in our lives and for our boys to know them. Wanetas faith, love happiness inspired me daily. Our family has been touched in so many ways by them. We are so proud to have named our second son, Bennett. He loves music and instruments he is definately a Bennett I thank God for Wanetas life here and I am so grateful that we all knew her. She will be so very deeply missed by each of us. My heart breaks for our loss but I smile knowing how happy she is to be in the presence of God her loved ones. We love you Waneta Love, Amy, Jayson, Silas, Bennett Henry Bales

  2. Scott Paxson
    West Palm Beach, FL

    The mere mention of Aunt Waneta makes me laugh. Her stories and her caring service are legend. Is there any better gift

    Hubbahubba. Dingding. Ferry High is the thing

    Thankyou, Aunt Waneta.

  3. Kimberly Becka
    Parma, OH

    Ill always remember Aunt Waneta and Uncle Chucks visits
    to Parma my Mom and I always had great time. I loved hearing all the stories of their days in Martins Ferry. Aunt Waneta was definately one of a kind and will be missed by everyone that knew her. My condolences to Uncle Chuck, Ross Joann, Cindy Sampy and all your family. One things for sure, now that the Deitch girls are together again God wont be able to get a word in edgewise

    Love, Kim

  4. John and Juliet Paxson Seling
    Westerville, OH

    We remember fondly our visits with Aunt Waneta and Uncle Chuck in Wauseon, Ohio. We loved to hear Great Aunt Wanetas stories, particularly about our Grandma Ruth. Always included was a cheer for Martins Ferry High We rejoice that Aunt Waneta is with our Lord Jesus Christ. Love to Uncle Chuck and the family. We are praying for you.

    John, Julie, Andrew and Nicholas Seling

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