Maisie Beth (Bellamy) Bennett, 86, died at her home in Hines on Jan. 22, just one day short of the 19th anniversary of the death of her husband, Maynard.
She was born on Feb. 18, 1921, in Strong City, Okla., to Carl and Glena (Giles) Bellamy.
In 1925, the family moved to Imperial Valley, Calif., via an old Model T Ford with “California or Bust” on the side of it. They farmed in Imperial Valley for 10 years. While in California, Bennett’s family founded a Nazarene church, as there were none in the area at that time.
Ten years later, the family moved to Oregon, where Bennett’s father bought and ran a dairy. Bennett loved life on the farm, where she did all the baking for her parents, six brothers and one sister.
She graduated from Canby High School in 1939, and attended Northwest Nazarene College (NNC) briefly before having to return home to work after her father’s death. Bennett returned to NNC and graduated with a degree in education in 1946.
Bennett was hired to teach Home Economics and “gym” at Crane High School, and she taught there for two years. During this time, she met her future husband and soul mate, Maynard Bennett. The couple were married on Sept. 3, 1949, in Goldendale, Wash., in the Nazarene church that was co-founded by her mother.
Bennett’s children often teased her that she had married “the milkman, the meat man and the egg man all in one.” They had a son and two daughters while living in Goldendale, and then moved back to Burns in 1955. A third daughter was born in 1958, shortly before the family moved to Portland where they lived until the kids were grown and gone.
The couple moved back to Crane in 1982. Following her husband’s death in 1989, Bennett moved to Burns and then to Nampa, Idaho, where she lived until just recently moving back to Harney County.
Bennett embraced her role as wife and mother and was a cook and homemaker. She never wavered in her faith and clung to the promises of God’s word. Many people were won to the Lord through her witness and prayers, including her husband. In his final days on this earth, he shared a glimpse of heaven with his family and his desire for his family to join him there one day. Without Bennett’s faithful prayers, he may not have known the Heavenly Father as his own personal Savior, and when he gave his heart to the Lord, it completed their union, because it meant they would spend eternity together. One could not speak of one without the other, and Bennett longed for her husband for 19 years.
Bennett was extremely social and loved visiting with anyone who took the time to sit with her. Her cooking and graciousness as a hostess were unsurpassed when her husband was still alive.
She attended the Harney County Church of the Nazarene, but had not yet transferred her membership from the Karcher Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho.
Bennett is survived by her children, Jerry Bennett and wife Jane, Sandy Volle, Kathy von Rummelhoff and husband Jim, and Patti Brown and husband Gene; grandchildren, Ty Volle and wife Stephanie, Crystal Galvan-Mendez and husband Rogelio, Matt Bennett, Amy von Rummelhoff, Stephen DiBene, Nate Bennett, Heather Volle and Audriana DiBene; and great-grandchildren, Haydn Anderson, Kaleigh Anderson, Ariana Galvan-Mendez, Carsen Volle and Camryn Volle.
Bennett is also survived by brothers, Tiny Bellamy and wife Mary, and Ted Bellamy and wife Angie; sister, Glena McIntyre and husband Herb; numerous nieces and nephews; and a loving church family and many friends.
A Celebration of Life service was held on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene. She was laid to rest next to her husband in the Burns Cemetery.
Donations in her memory may be made to Harney County Church of the Nazarene. LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of arrangements.