Patricia Parrish Bennett
Patricia Louise "Pat" Bennett passed away on May 17, 2018 at the Wake Med Hospital in Raleigh surrounded by her children. Pat was born on August 17, 1935 to the late Leonard "Duke" Parrish and Ellen Ray Parrish. She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph Graham Bennett, her sister Barbara, her brothers Tony, Robert "Bob" and Leonard "Sonny" Parrish.
Pat grew up in Altoona, PA and was educated in the Catholic school there. After graduation, she met the dashing airman Ralph Bennett,who was stationed at Blue Knob Radar site just outside of Altoona. They were married in 1953. Shortly thereafter began their family with the birth of Richard "Rick" Bennett. They soon began their world travels courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. Pat became a homemaker and followed Ralph on tours in Japan where Michael "Mike" was born, Hampton, Virginia where daughter Stephanie Bennett Dannenberg was born; Wiesbaden, Germany; Trenton, Illinois; Belton, Missouri and the Panama Canal Zone.
They retired in 1972 and moved to Roanoke Rapids, NC where Michael and Stephanie graduated high school and Ralph began his 2nd career in the motel business. In their world travels, Pat and Ralph made friends that they kept for life scattered around the country. Pat loved her friends and family was well loved by them as well. She was proud of all of her children and grandchildren. She passed her love of dance to her son Rick, her beautiful skin to her daughter Stephanie, and her love of humor to her son Michael. Pat loved cooking and baking. Her Christmas cookies bring happy thoughts to many that were fortunate enough to get them. Pat loved animals and had both cats and dogs throughout her life.
Pat is survived by her son Richard "Rick" Bennett and his wife Brenna Mottershead Bennett of Rocky Mount, Michael Bennett of Roanoke Rapids, and Stephanie Bennett Dannenberg and husband Scott Dannenberg of Raleigh, NC. Pat is also survived by her grandchildren, Michael Bennett of Wilson, Josh Bennett of Roanoke Rapids, Ellie Dannenberg (recent UNC graduate) of Raleigh, and Emily Bennett of Rocky Mount.
Visitation will be on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm at Askew Funeral & Cremation Services, 731 Roanoke Ave., Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870. firstname.lastname@example.org. Burial will be at a later time for family.
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