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1947 "Penni" 2021

"Penni" Roberta Carrol (Herron) Bennett

April 14, 1947 — September 15, 2021

Waco, Texas

Known to us as Mom or Nana, the rest of the world knew her as Roberta “Penni” Carrol Bennett. Born to William and Bess (Rice) Herron on April 14, 1947 in Waco, TX and was ushered to her loved ones on September 15, 2021 at home surrounded by family. She graduated from Sandia High School in 1965 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and quickly found her love for serving others by working as a candy striper. Penni moved back to Waco and pioneered what is now known as Case Management and Utilization Review at Providence Hospital.  She retired from Providence after 21 years but was not ready to stop being active. She then went to work as an Ophthalmologists Assistant serving her patients and community with her smile and charisma and finally retired for good after another 19 years of faithful service. Penni married her lifelong traveling partner John Bennett in 1967. They liked to travel and take their fur babies to new places but more importantly travel to see their grandkids.

Penni was greeted in paradise by her parents, and husband of 50 years.

She is survived by three children, daughter Jheri and husband James Sell of Sealy, daughter Tamie and husband Craig Beckner of Moody, son John “Trey” Bennett and girlfriend Ellen of Amarillo. Six grandchildren Kyle Castic of Amarillo, Nicole and husband Dillion Yanulis of Tulsa, OK, Kaylynn Beckner of Moody, and Paris, Rylaee, and John “TJ” Bennett of Amarillo. Two great grandsons Eli and Caleb Yanulis. One sister, Lynn and husband Don Hardin of Lewisville. Along with several nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held Friday, September 24, at Grace Gardens Funeral Home from 6-8pm. A memorial will be held Saturday, September 25, at First Methodist of Waco on Cobbs Dr at 11am.

In lieu of flowers you may make donations to Fuzzy Friends of Waco or First Methodist of Waco.

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Friday, September 24, 2021

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Grace Gardens Funeral Home & Crematorium

8220 Woodway Drive, Woodway, TX 76712

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Memorial Service

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

First United Methodist Church

4901 Cobbs Drive, Waco, TX 76710

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