Elva Rae Bennett, 1938 ~ 2010

Our beloved wife, mother, grandma, sister and aunt, Elva Rae Bennett passed away from cancer at the age of 72 on Feb. 17, 2010, in St. George, Utah.

She was born on Jan. 15, 1938 in Wheatcroft, Ky., to Jesse Stewart and Sammie Morrow Stewart.

She moved to East Carbon, Utah in 1948, that is where she eventually met and married the love of her life, Guy Bennett. They were married on Oct. 22, 1956. That same day they moved to Moab, Utah to start their amazing journey as husband and wife.

She was a custodian for many years for the Grand County School District. After 22 years in Moab they moved to Ticaboo, Utah, Grand Junction, Colo. and eventually to Winnemucca, Nev., where they retired. They soon moved to St. George in November of 1997. Elva’s family was so excited about their arrival to St. George because now we could see them as often as we wanted to.

Her family was so blessed to have this most loving, kind, compassionate and humorous lady in their lives. She led her life by example, that of a Christian, a hard worker, and she loved everyone she met.

She is survived by her husband, Guy Bennett, St. George; two daughters, Nancy Bennett (Doug Copley), Lompoc, Calif., and Cindy Bennett Mathews (Matt), St. George.

Her daughter, Fawn Bennett preceded her in death Nov. 5, 2007.

Elva has two grandsons, Jacob McCloughan (Tami), and Brandon Mathews (Kim); and one granddaughter, Meagan Snow (Shawn); and her most valuable gifts, nine great-grandchildren with another one on the way – Madison, Sammie, Abbie, Kaden and Kamry, Myles (Amanda), Mackenzie and Billie Grover. Tyler preceded her in death in April 2007.

We will love you always and forever, Granny. Elva is the oldest child of 15. She has one brother who preceded her in death. She loved and cherished each and every one of her family members. She was a mom to six of her brothers, who adored her; she was loved and appreciated by all of her siblings.

There was a gathering at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd., on Monday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m., where we shared our memories of Elva. A memorial service followed at 2 p.m. There were no services at the cemetery.