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Janice Bennett

Janice Louise Bennett (Ballard)

Monday, November 9th, 1936 - Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
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Janice L. (Ballard) Bennett, 82, died peacefully, May 15, 2019, surrounded by her family at Sylvia Ross in Bangor, Maine. Janice was born November 9, 1936, to Oscar and Lillian Ballard in Saginaw, Michigan.
After earning her degrees in Math and Chemistry from Central Michigan University, she taught in the Hartland school district where she demonstrated a talent for helping struggling students reach their potential. She married David Bennett in 1960 and joyfully raised four children together until his passing in 2005. As a lifelong learner, she loved new challenges, and through classes and self-study, she became a baker, a tailor, a florist, and a candy maker. She came by her card playing skills honestly from her parents and shared her love of a good game with a dear set of friends in her pinochle club for decades, always with the soundtrack of laughter. Though she could spot a good bargain a mile away, she was more likely to give away her gains to community members in need than to keep them for herself. Janice faithfully cared for both of her parents and her sister Ruth as each separately endured their own struggles with Alzheimer’s Disease until she herself was diagnosed with dementia.
She leaves her four children and their spouses, Susan Bennett-Armistead (David Armistead), Russell Bennett (Lori Bennett), Matthew Bennett (Janel Bennett), and Sheila Bennett (Jason Pohlman) to always wonder who was her favorite. She will always be theirs. Her 11 grandchildren, Tim (spouse Abigail), Dawson, Violet, Ababu, Abby, Annabelle, Kelly, David, Beatrix, Emma, and Lillian will continue their Gheema’s legacy of love, humor, and generosity.
There will be a memorial Mass at St. John of Hartland, Michigan at 10:30 a.m. on August 5th. A luncheon will follow. All are welcome. Anyone wishing to honor Janice is encouraged to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association (Alz.Org). Condolences to the family may be expressed at
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    Monday, August 5th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Monday, August 5th, 2019 10:30am
    St. John Catholic Church
    Address Not Available
    Address to the church is 2099 N. Hacker Road, Howell, MI 48855


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Greene Family

Posted at 12:40pm
Please accept my family’s sincere condolences on the loss of your dear loved one Mrs. Ballard. May you find comfort in fond memories of her, and hope in God’s assured promise to shortly awaken those asleep in death to perfect health and conditions under his new earthly government.

Therese Manchester

Posted at 11:53am
Dear Sheila and all the family,

Your Mother was such a kind and caring person. I can still see her smiling face and all of her enthusiasm while working together co-chairing The Young Astronauts Club. Your Mom was the one who would come up with the ideas to get patches for all of your hats, take a field trip to the Space Museum and let us not forget the hot air balloon at school! I tried to find pictures to share, but since our move last year, I can not find them. There were so many other moments we shared and projects we worked on and I enjoyed all of them. One Christmas, Jan handed out candy canes with all the space names the class had picked and even had one for our son, Christian, a.k.a. George Jetson! We had the tag hanging on the tree for years!

I am so thankful to God that that I had the privilege to have had Space Granny and Sheila woven into my life.

Love and Peace to you all,

Therese Manchester

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