Joann  Bennett


Zephyrhills, FL - After bravely battling a long illness, Joann Bennett passed away peacefully at her home in Zephyrhills, FL on July 7th, 2019. She was 86 years of age.
Born with her identical twin sister, Joyce, in Abbot, Maine on a cold New Year's Eve, December 31, 1932, Joann lived her childhood there and attended the one room school house in Upper Abbot, where it still stands today. She was a life long member of the Abbot Historical Society.
Starting in 1946, Joann attended Good Will-Hinckley Home-School-Farm in Hinckley, ME and lived on campus with Joyce primarily in Grange Cottage. Joann graduated from Averill High School at Hinckley in 1952. Joann, like many of her classmates, was extremely fond of Good Will-Hinckley, often making donations to the school. She enjoyed attending the annual Kum Bak weekend events in August and catching up with old friends and classmates anytime she was able.
After graduation, Joann received her LPN Degree at Booth Memorial Hospital, Brookline, MA in 1954.
For 6 years, Joann served in the Navy Hospital Corps where she enjoyed being an x-ray technician. After her service, she retired from the US Navy in 1984 as an USNR HM1 (Hospital Corpsman First Class). She went on to earn her Associate Degree in Science at Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT, then lived and worked for many years as a an x-ray technician in Hartford, CT.
Living her later years in Zephyrhills and summers near Piper Pond in Abbot, ME, Joann was an avid fan of UCONN Women's Basketball and of watching all sports in general. She was a fierce competitor at dominos and just about any card game. Another one of her favorite pastimes was inviting Betmar Acres friends over to gather around her antique player piano to sing, play instruments and enjoy an evening of laughter and great live music.
Joann was predeceased by her mother Norma L (Brown) Bennett, father Alvarus F. Bennett, sister Barbara (Bennett) Philips, niece Diane Paulk and nephew William Bernier.
She is survived by her twin sister, Joyce (Bennett) Eggleston of Zephyrhills, sister Kathryn (Bennett) Bernier and brother-n-law, Donald Bernier of Winter Haven, FL, as well as her nieces and nephews: Elizabeth, Kathryn, Evelyn, Donald, Michael and Cheryl
A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held October 12, 2019 at the Betmar Acres Clubhouse #3, 5512 Apache Street, Zephyrhills, FL at 2:00 PM. All are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Joann's memory to Good Will-Hinckley School, 16 Prescott Dr. P.O. Box 159, Hinckley, ME 04944
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Aug 03, 2019
Joann was a very interesting lady. I admire her knowledge of knitting,, she loved watching birds and feeding them. I enjoyed our rides and talks as I accompanied her to Mayo clinic. I also enjoyed her attempts at back seat driving, it did not bother me it fact it helped get us back and forth safely. Darrell and I met the twins one Tuesday morning at Betmar Coffee and we both immediately established a fondness for both of them. Joyce when I get back to Betmar I'am 4 streets and a phone call away any time night or day love you Rebecca
Cheryl Gielow
Aug 02, 2019