Lucia T. Bennett, age 90, Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away on July 11,2020 in her home.
Graveside Services will be private on Thursday, July 15,2020 at Floral Hills Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions can be made to Langsford Funeral Home to help with expenses.
Lucia was born, February 25, 1930 to Giovanni and Angelina Testa in Syracuse, NY. She is preceded in death by her grandson, Jonathan Bennett Gilliland. Survivors include, her husband of 68 years, Calvin Bennett, her daughters, Diane Gilliland, Jeanine Greenlee, and Tricia Jarrett. 8 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren. Her brother, John Testa (Ann).
Calvin, (Popo/Dad), wanted to share some things with everyone.
I would like to tell you about my darling wife and some the things in her life. First, I want you to know how we met which was rather unusual. On January 3, 1951, I joined the Air Force to become a fighter pilot, but they needed Linguists instead. I spoke with a slow drawl but was sent to Syracuse University to learn Russian. One day, 4 of us boys met girls at a lake. My friend was a talker and had the attention of all the girls when we went to a restaurant. I brought up the rear and slid in next to Lucy, she never even noticed me. Then someone asked me a question and when I responded, Lucy jerked her head around to see who this slow talking boy was. It was all over after that moment and we were married only a few months later.
After the service, we moved to Kansas City. She was the one who pushed me along and gave me the ambition and confidence to start several businesses. She a wonderful Wife, Mother, and Grandmother. She was a strong woman and stood by my side in all the ups and downs throughout the years and never once complained.
At 68 years old – we decided to open another business, Potter’s Haven in Lee’s Summit in September 1998. We are affectionately known as Momo and Popo to young and old. We knew nothing of this business but were determined. She learned to be a good painter and was a support to all of us.
She had many talents, Quilting (hand-sewn), stain glass pieces, paintings that she shared with her family.
The last few years due to an auto-immune disease she was unable to walk. Calvin (Popo) took care of her along with her oldest daughter, Diane. She never complained, she was always happy and patient with everyone.
The daughters wanted to add what a great Mom she was – she always made us feel like there was nothing we couldn’t do. That we were the best always (and, believe me, that was not always easy) but she was always full of encouragement to us all.
Calvin and Lucy were still very much in love after 68 years of marriage. And while this is sad and hard to say goodbye, she is at peace now and visiting with her Grandson and other family members in Heaven.
We Love you Momo – We will see you one day again!