Meriden - Barbara (Ross) Bennett, 57, of Meriden left this life on March 29, 2009 after a courageous ten year journey with breast cancer. She is now with the God she trusted and loved; the God who sustained her and gave her great joy and peace during this time. 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.' Proverbs 3:5-6 She was the beloved wife and high school sweetheart of Richard W. Bennett whom she cherished as her husband for 38 years. Born on October 17, 1951 to the late Edward and Irene Ross she had been a resident of Meriden all her life. A 1969 graduate of Maloney High School, she was the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Marketing and Administration at Dutch Point Credit Union in Wethersfield when she left in March 2002 due to her illness. She is most grateful to Dorothy J. Sullivan, President and CEO of Dutch Point Credit Union who was most generous and caring during that difficult time. Barbara loved shopping, time at the beach, reading, decorating, gardening, and getting together with friends. Besides her husband, Rich, Barbara is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Shelby and Kris Bellemare and her precious grandsons, Luke and Andrew. She also leaves two sisters, Betsy Ticino of Meriden and Joan Welden of St. Pete's Beach, Florida, her extended family, her many extra special friends, and her wonderful church family at New Life Church who greatly supported and encouraged her through her cancer journey. The Tuesday morning Bible study was very special to her. Barbara wishes to thank Dr. Gary Tansino, the nurses at MidState CancerCare, her visiting nurse, Emily, and all her other doctors for their wonderful care and genuine concern. A Celebration of Barbara's life will be held at New Life Church, 262 Bee St., Meriden on Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 7 pm. Her wish is to be cremated and no calling hours. The Beecher and Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden have been entrusted with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara's memory to: The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundatin, P.O.Box 224523, Dallas, TX 75222-4523. For more information about The Susan G. Komen Foundation, breast health, or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org.

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  1. Barbara was such a special and wonderful woman. I will miss her a lot. She taught me so much about faith and trust in God.

  2. Barbara, I miss you already, just to know I can’t call you. I will always think of you, especially when I cross the bridge to Portland and when I go to East Hartford without crossing a bridge!! And always at Christmas. We had so many funny times together. I love you!! Rich and Shelby, you are in my prayers and I love you too. Love, One Stone (Bob), Linda & Peanut Manthay XOXO

  3. Dear Kris, Shelby & Boys, Our love and prayers go to you and your family at this difficult time. May you find comfort in the Lord, and know that your mother is at peace with Him, made healthy and whole in his grace. With Deepest Sympathy, John, Donna, Jeremiah, Jonah and Jacob

  4. Dear Rich and Family, Jim and I were deeply saddened when we heard of Barbara’s passing. We know that Barbara fought bravely gaining strength from her loving family and her faith. I will always cherish the memories of growing up together. Our deepest sympathy and love. Jim & Jean(Dutra)Lewis

  5. Dear Rich, Shelby and Family, I was deeply saddened by Barbara’s passing. I can truly understand the difficult time that you are all experiencing, but the love of family and friends and a deep faith in God will see you through this difficult time. My memories of Barbara are joyful ones…Jean, Barbara and myself hula hooping on our driveway and Barbara sitting on her slide in the backyard .singing for a watermelon. (my dad had grown them one year). These bring a smile to my face and I hope you will find many happy memories to see you through this sad time. Love, Joan Dutra Krenn, Kimberly & Jason

  6. Dear Rich, Shelby, Kris, Luke and Andrew, We are very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person in your lives. Our thoughts and prayers will go forward with you. We regret that we cannot make it down for the Memorial, but know that it will be a loving tribute to Barbara. Love, Mary Lu and Frank

  7. Dear Rich, Shelby, Kris, Luke and Andrew, We are very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person in your lives. Our thoughts and prayers will go forward with you. We regret that we cannot make it down for the Memorial, but know that it will be a loving tribute to Barbara. Love, Mary Lu and Frank

  8. Dear Rich, Shelby, Kris, Luke and Andrew, We are very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person in your lives. Our thoughts and prayers will go forward with you. We regret that we cannot make it down for the Memorial, but know that it will be a loving tribute to Barbara. Love, Mary Lu and Frank

  9. My Barbara Theresa – What can I say to you that hasn’t already been said?? I’ll miss our times together, our laughter, our prayers, our tears. I was privileged to be a part of your care giving team since 2006. The Christmas party & New Year’s Eve aren’t going to be the same without your smile. I’ll remember your grace, & your encouragement to me before and during your illness. Hopefully my mansion in Heaven will be next to yours. Love you & miss you more than you know………. Your Susan Elizabeth

  10. Rich and Family, It was with great sadness that I read of Barbaras passing in todays paper. My thoughts are with you, and I wish you peace as soon as the passage of time allows. John Ratches

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