Thelma M Bennett
October 14, 1925 – January 3, 2020
Thelma Margrete Bruce Bennett, 94, of Springdale, Arkansas, went to her heavenly home on January 3, 2020. She was born October 14, 1925, to Benjamin Jeremiah Bruce and Rachel Elizabeth Sapp Bruce. Thelma married the late Jason Pearson Bennett on October 12, 1940. They enjoyed working side-by-side for 62 years prior to his death. Thelma dearly loved her entire family, which included five children, fifteen grandchildren, and twenty-four great grandchilden. She is survived by daughters Patsy (Dennis) VanAntwerp of Berrien Springs, Michigan, Brenda (Charles) Staples of Surprise, Arizona, Sharon (Richard) Huls of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Kathlyn (John) Rinks of Springdale, Arkansas, and daughter-in-law Jody Bennett of Columa, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jason Bennett, and her son, Dennis Bennett. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8 at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers. Funeral services will begin at 2:00. Burial will follow in Rogers Cemetery. In honor of her many years of volunteer service for them, donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Thelma’s name to Circle of Life Hospice at www.NWACircleOfLife.com/donate.
- Visitation Wednesday, January 8, 2020
- Funeral Service Wednesday, January 8, 2020
- Burial Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Thelma M Bennett
January 11, 2020
My grandmother taught me several things in life, such as...
She taught me the value of hard work. My grandmother worked circles around me most of my life until the last few years. She farmed, cooked, sewed, cleaned, volunteered, worked, traveled, etc.
My grandma taught me the value of determination and stubbornness (because she was one of the most stubborn people I have ever met, even in her last days). When I was younger, my grandmother decided to be a nurse. I remember the proud day she earned her nursing license. She was not young, but that did not stop her from pursuing her dream.
My grandma taught me the value of family. My grandma was not a warm and fuzzy grandma, but I never once doubted her love for me or for anyone in our family. Perhaps it was because she lost her mother at such a young age. Grandma treasured her family and loved them fiercely.
Grandma taught me faith in our Lord. Even in her last days, she would talk about the trials of life. While she would be sad over different events, she would shrug her shoulders and remind me that the Lord was in control. And whatever He wants, that is what we accept.
She taught me about love and marriage. My grandmother was married to my grandfather for 62 years. Though my grandparents lived through so many trials in life, they were united in their love for one another. I am thankful for their marriage as a model for my own.
Grandma taught me the gift of gratitude. Even in her very last days here on earth, Grandma thanked me EVERY time I came for a visit.
Just a couple of weeks ago, my grandmother said, "I don't understand why the Lord hasn't taken me yet." She was so ready to be at His feet. I replied, "It is because of me. I need you here. You are the last grandmother I have left." Without missing a beat, she answered, "I am sure you can find another one, one better than me."
No, Grandma Bennett, I can't. You were the only one who could fill those shoes. You will be missed.
January 7, 2020
My grandmother was the sweetest lady, tough, fair, beautiful and an amazing cook I remember an evening when staying with her and grampa Bennett where she had made fried okra and corn bread plus homemade strawberry jam and grampa and I cleared two pans of cornbread which pleased her to no end She used to send me peanut butter fudge for Christmas. these are some of my favorite memories about ANYONE and they are about my Grandma Bennett. I am Steven Clarke Roberts her 1st grandchild. Miss you gran
January 7, 2020
So many precious memories of Aunt Thelma, I always enjoyed visiting her & Uncle Jake. They always made us feel so welcome and when we visited them in Rodgers they were eager to show us the sites of the area, never ready for us to leave! When she visited us in Judsonia she enjoyed sitting in the sunroom with me watching the birds. She was always interested in hearing about my family when we talked on the phone. Such a wonderful lady, my Aunt Thelma, I loved her very much and look forward to our great family reunion in heaven one day soon!
January 7, 2020
Mom was an incredibly strong woman who did everything she could to make the best life possible for her family. She burned an inordinate amount of midnight oil sewing clothes to keep her children fashionable. She thought nothing of working long hours outside the home, if necessary. If something was worth learning, she learned it. She kept up with world events and set examples for all of us with her goals, motivation, and work ethics. She and daddy showed us what love and marriage are all about. She was a classic Proverbs 31 woman, and we who succeed her have no excuse if we don’t exemplify her well. I know she’s enjoying the fruits of a life well lived now. For that, I am deeply grateful.