BENNETT, Doris Anna (nee Barber) -
Passed away peacefully on December 11th, 2019 surrounded by the comfort of her family.
She leaves behind her husband Bert parting from an adventure filled marriage of 67 years. Doris has three children, Heather West (Andre Plante) from Huntsville Ontario, Susan Bennett from Kelowna BC and Ken (Edwina) from Guelph Ontario. Doris herself was born 92 years ago in Guelph along with her older siblings June Willis and (predeceased) Charlie Barber. Grandchildren gave special purpose to her life, making herself available at any time and in any way. Melissa West (Blain Jackson and stepdaughter Rachael) and Nathan West (Tracey) along with, Vanessa and Tanisha Bennett all have deep and lasting memories of Gramma. Doris was also able to appreciate time spent with her great-granddaughters Charlee and Juliette (Nathan and Tracey) over the past few years.
With a mind for business, Doris worked out of high school in secretarial and bookkeeping roles in Guelph area companies such as Barber Meats, Perfex Controls, Standard Brands, Fiberglass Canada, Valeriote Electronics, and H&R Block where she learned income tax preparation. We all knew better than to make plans with her during the last three weeks of April up to tax deadline. Doris loved the visual beauty of the countryside and moved with Bert to a farm south of Guelph in 1963 where he hybridized gladiolas that she supplied to florists every summer. This led to them becoming regular vendors at the Guelph Farmers Market selling sweet corn continuously until 2017.
While encouraging her children to play music, Doris realized her own deep passion and learned to play the organ under the guidance of Harry Fozard. Music ran through her soul. What began as a revelation led to her own career teaching at Gordon Taylor Music while also taking courses at the University of Guelph. She believed in the therapeutic power and support that music has on the brain and patiently spent time understanding the wellbeing of her students. For many years Doris was involved with the Kiwanis Music Festival in Guelph while also dedicating herself to playing for church services at the Guelph Christadelphian Ecclesia.
Doris had an iron will and a kind nature. She chose to live out her days on the farm she loved, only leaving in the last week when her strength rapidly waned. She received outstanding care from the Guelph General Hospital and finally Hospice Wellington. The family will be ever thankful for the safety net we landed in at both of these incredible places. Welcome donations are what makes their level of service possible and available to anyone. Alternatively, it has to be said that she always loved flowers and was a strong supporter of the floral industry, especially from her favourite florist, Monte’s Place.
Friends will be received at the WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 206 Norfolk St., Guelph, Sunday 1-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral service will be held on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 2 pm.
Memorial contributions to Hospice Wellington or the Foundation of the Guelph General Hospital would be appreciated.
|A tree will be planted in memory of Doris A. Bennett in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 2:30 pm.|