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-Nela Jean Bennett-

Nela Jean (Solomon) Bennett, age 66, of Fredonia, Iowa, passed away, March 3, 2012, in her home.  Graveside services for Nela will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at the Indian Creek Cemetery.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials may be directed to your local “no kill” animal shelter in memory of Nela.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.  The Stacy-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services in caring for Nela’s arrangements and her family.

Nela was born September 9, 1945, in Fredonia, Iowa the daughter of  Arthur “Tubby” Solomon and Arline Nancy (Swisher) Solomon.  A life-long resident of the area, Nela graduated from Columbus High School in 1963.  Nela married Robert “Butch” Bennett in July of 1963 and moved to Conesville, IA.  They later divorced.  Nela worked at Colonial Manor as a dietician prior to retirement.  She enjoyed her cats, NASCAR, especially Tony Stewart, shopping, and watching movies.  In Nela’s earlier years, she enjoyed playing softball and bowling especially with her children.

She was “mom” to Jacki Bennett and partner, Liz Towne of Alexandria, VA and Jeff Bennett and partner, Mark Elderkin of Fort Lauderdale, FL;  “Aunt Law” to Criss (McCleeary) Wade, Mitch (McCleeary) Young and Dean McCleeary; “Aunt Nela” to Diane (Bennett) Giza and Denny (DW) Bennett; and “grammy” to Chloe Bennett Elderkin; and “friend” to countless folks as well as animals in the local area.

Nela was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Deanna Rae McCleeary.

Jacki and Jeff especially wish to thank Dave and JoAnn Wehmeyer and Nancy Ludwick for their years of friendship, love and comfort.

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