Helen Bennett, of Purdy passed away July 3, 2011, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She was born May 31, 1919, in Purdy, Mo., the daughter of the late James and Flossie (Sapp) Linebarger. She united in marriage on Sept. 28, 1941, to George Bennett at the First Baptist Church in Purdy, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 11, 1989.
Helen taught one year at Norwood before moving to Purdy and teaching at Purdy High School for 38 years before retiring in 1989. While teaching at Purdy, she was the advisor for both the school yearbook and the school newspaper. She played piano and organ at the First Baptist Church in Purdy. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Monett where she was in the Hand Bell Choir and played piano and organ for 17 years.
Helen attended five years of college and had a degree in Word Processing. She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa Sorority. She was also a member of the PEO Chapter CA of Southwest Missouri, Golden Bear Alumni Association, and the Missouri Retired Teachers Association. She was nominated for Teacher of the Year. Helen was secretary to J.W.A. Robertson Jr. who was the building supervisor at Fort Crowder. She played piano every Friday night at the Monett Senior Center.
Helen is survived by: one son, David Bennett, Joplin; one daughter, Nancey Gillogly, Sarcoxie; five grandchildren, Beth (Gillogly) Fenske, Julie Gillogly, Gina (Gillogly) Wecker, John Bennett and Sarah (Bennett) Truitt; and six great-grandchildren, Hunter Wecker, Jemma Fenske, Macy Fenske, Marley Bennett, Gavin Wecker and Parker Truitt.
Helen was preceded in death by both her parents; husband George; two brothers, Kermit Linebarger and Eddy Linebarger; three sisters: Hazel Wormington, Mary Gover, and Lorraine Linebarger; one grandchild, Brenda (Gillogly) Beckett; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation was held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday July 7, 2011, at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home in Monett, Mo. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday July 8, 2011, at the First Baptist Church on Fourth Street in Monett with Rev O.V. Dodson, Rev. Grady Cockerham and Dr. Leland May officiating. Burial followed at Purdy Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Purdy Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.
Arrangements were under the direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home of Monett, Mo.