On December 2, 1945 she was united in marriage to Willis J. Bennett in Bushton, Ks. They shared nearly forty-two years of marriage before Willis passed away on February 26, 1987.
Ethelyn’s father died when she was only eleven years old, the oldest of five children. Her mom and siblings worked together to make a life and survive. She worked during high school as a telephone operator to supplement the family income and later, put herself through college. She loved and taught all kinds of music at all levels and spent her last teaching years teaching third grade. She especially enjoyed singing in the church choir for many years.
After he husband died, she carried on. However she nearly feel when her son died at the age of forty-one, but she managed to keep afloat by staying busy and involved at church and community affairs. She loved to memorize and perform readings for groups. Although she slowed down a litle when she had breast cancer, it was not for long. She later slowed a bit as she lost more and more vision from glaucoma and macular degeneration. Her heart attack in the fall of 2006 slowed her down a lot. A move was made to assisted living shortly thereafter, but she was still able to remain active. Kidney failure in 2008 slowed her down a lot more, anda move was made to the nursing home. Then in August 2008, a move to Texas helped her regain soem of what she had lost, and life had some equilibrium for a time. She persevered again. Always faithful to her Lord and family, she never wavered from what she believed and lived.
Ethelyn was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and cousin. She will be deeply missed and remain in the hearts and thoughts of her family and many friends forever.