Laurajo Bennett, 74, of El Monte, Calif., died Aug. 28, 2002 at her home.
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Her funeral service was held in Halfway on Saturday, Aug. 31. Interment was at Pine Haven Cemetery.
Laurajo was born in Phoenix, Ariz., on Nov. 23, 1927, to Kenneth and Edith Roberts. She was raised and educated in Los Angeles. In 1947 she married William Bennett, and on Aug. 10 of this year they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.
Bill and Laurajo made their first home in Texas. It was there in Texas where their daughter Karen was born. Not long after, they left Texas for Baker City and while in Baker their second child Linda was born.
From Oregon they went to El Monte, where Nancy and James were born. They spent the next 52 years making their home in California. In 1989 they started spending time and enjoying their summers in Halfway.
Laurajo was a loving wife and mother. She was blessed as well with 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
She enjoyed camping with the family and traveling with her husband. She loved her summers in Halfway with all of her friends. She enjoyed reading, sewing, crocheting, painting and her flowers. She was active in the Ladies Rotary, Emblem Club, Ladies Moose Club and the Geranium Club.
She is survived by her husband Bill; daughters and their husbands, Karen and Jan Haga of Hermiston, Linda and Carl Miley of Lancaster, Calif., Nancy and Jim Minner of El Monte, Calif.; son, Jim Bennett and his wife, Sharon, of Newport Beach, Calif.; grandchildren, Jan Jr. and Karly Haga, Heidi and Tim Miley, Rhonda, Jim, Brandon and James Minner, William and Jaime Bennett and two great-grandchildren.
Donations in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation or the Lung Association in care of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 6, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor