An angel got her wings on October 17, 2023, and our world lost an amazing lady.
Judy Fae (Bonner) Bennett was born February 15, 1946, to William Floyd and Fae Dorothy (Farnsworth) Bonner at St. Marks Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was their first child and only daughter. She traveled extensively with her family when she was young, as her father worked in construction in most of the United States. Judy attended 5 different 1st grades as a result. Her family would winter in St. George during the off-season for road construction, and she attended Catholic bible school there. Later, her family settled in Springville, where she was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1955. She attended Springville High School, and graduated in 1964. It was also there that she met her sweetheart, Neil Bennett, and the two were married on July 10, 1968, in the Logan LDS temple. She always said she was a long-time fan of two “Neils”: her sweetheart and Neil Diamond.
They began their family and were blessed with a son, Shane, and two daughters, Tamis and Teneil. They made their home in Washington, Utah. Family was of the utmost importance to Judy, and she worked tirelessly to be sure hers was united.
Judy was active in her LDS ward, fulfilling callings and just being a good neighbor and friend to many in her neighborhood. She was the neighborhood “mom”, and seemed to have a never-ending supply of cookies and OtterPops to help the kids cool down in the hot Dixie summers. Every neighborhood child had a nickname bestowed upon them by “Mrs. B”. She became a school lunch lady and eventually supervisor, and it was a joy for her to serve those young people and make sure each one of them got a nutritious breakfast and lunch. Her homemade rolls filled the school hallways with the scent of unconditional love and had more than one student's (and teacher’s) mouth watering as they watched the clock for lunchtime to come.
She loved many things: first and foremost, her family, but also her country, and the men and women who served and sacrificed for her freedom. She always wore red, white, and blue to honor them, especially her dad, Neil, and her son-in-law Steve. She also loved Coca-Cola! Her home was decorated with a vast array of memorabilia, and everyone knew where she stood when it came to the “Cola Wars”. Also dear to her heart were her four-legged canine friends, whom she spoiled tremendously.
Later in life, she worked in the St. George Temple baptistry and relished her chance to do temple work. She adored her children and grandchildren, loved giving them crazy socks for Christmas, and was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother all of her days. She definitely was, as the song says, “Three Times A Lady,” and will be missed greatly by all who knew her. She is survived by her sweetheart Neil, and her children Shane (Sheri) Bennett, Tamis (Bubba) Stevens, and Teneil (Steve) Ridgeway. Grandchildren Brittnee (Kennon), Ty (Jeani), Tallen (Taylor), Keyia (Gage), Blake (Tara), Jayson, Tracer (Kaycee), and Kenton (Brinlei), Great-grandchildren Avery, Harlee, Sawyer, Nova Lee, Aliee, Hudson, Daelynn, Justynn, Blakelee, John-Wyatt, Jentree, Emerson, Ridge, Jovie, Hutch, Walker, Quinley and Berklee. Also her ‘little’ brother Brent (Hillary) Bonner. She is preceded in death by her mom and dad, both of whom will be overjoyed to be reunited with their little “Effie” again.
In lieu of services, a direct burial service for immediate family will be held. A ‘Celebration of Life’ ceremony will be held at a later date, with details following.
The Bennett family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude for all who have helped Judy during her journey home. They are all true angels walking among us, and we are all better for their presence and kindness. Special thanks to Lacy and Lindsay with SunTree Hospice for helping our mom through the home stretch. You are both awesome.
As mom often said, “Remember who you are and Who you represent...because nice matters.” May we all do so, in remembrance of her, and make our world just a little better for doing so, as she did. Her son Shane shared a recollection : "I recently came to check on Mom, and I got in the fridge to get a drink. I saw a Coke bottle and I thought of this: Judy Bennett would like to tell you all : HAVE A COKE AND A SMILE "
Anyone who had the privilege of knowing her knows she's looking down from above and doing the very same thing.