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Helen Hawley Bennett, 90, retired teacher who was happiest in the classroom with her students

Helen Hawley Bennett
Helen Hawley Bennett

Helen Hawley Bennett, 90, passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Helen was born Feb. 13, 1929, to Portice Thurman Hawley and Geneva Ellis in Wilson.

She was raised and graduated from Barium Springs Presbyterian Children’s Home in 1947. She married Leavy Allen Bennett Sr. as soon as she graduated and proceeded to get the family she had always wanted. She had four children, Cathy Helen Bennett, Linda Bennett Edwards (Val), Leavy Allen Bennett Jr. (Jeanine) and Pamela Bennett Boyd.

After raising her children, she attended UNCW and earned her Early Elementary Teachers Degree in 1977 and became a teacher in New Hanover, teaching at Bradley Creek, Mary C. Williams and finished up her career at Carolina Beach Elementary School. She was happiest when she was in the classroom with her children. Her love of music and ability to play the piano made for fun days in the classroom.

Her second love was genealogy and finding where she came from and who she was related to. Family was very important to her. Before the death of her husband in 2002, she was married for 55 years.

She was also preceded in death by her grandchildren, James Allen Edens and Susan Cathrin Edens; and son-in-law, Robert McLean Boyd Jr. She leaves behind five grandchildren, Christopher Hazelton, (Sherry), Matthew Edwards, John Edwards, (Stephanie), Kellie Bennett Jez, (Corey) and Robert McLean Boyd III (Tory); and great-grands, Anthony Hazelton, Robert McLean (Bo) Boyd IV and Ellington Helena Edwards.

We will celebrate her life at 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26, at Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church. There will be a visitation one hour before the service. There will be a private burial for family only in Oleander Memorial Gardens following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Children’s Hope Alliance Barium Springs Campus, P.O. Box 1, Barium Springs, NC 28010; or Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church, 1209 N. Lake Park Boulevard, Carolina Beach, NC 28458.

Share online condolences with the family at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service.

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