(July 17, 1928 - Aug 8, 2012) Elaine Mixon Bennett, age 84, died peacefully at her Kentwood home, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, after a long illness.
She was born in Chesbrough, but grew up in Kentwood, returning to her childhood home in the early 1980s. A retired social worker, Elaine worked in Louisiana, Kentucky, Arkansas and Arizona in the areas of child welfare, mental health and substance abuse. She loved music and served as the pianist at Kentwood United Methodist Church for many years.
She is survived by two daughters, Kitty Lapeyrolerie with her husband Larry of Baton Rouge and Jackie Hickman with her husband LTC Bill (Retired) of Billingsley, Ala.; five granddaughters, Jennifer Green Williams with husband COL Brian Williams of Stafford, Va., Katherine Green of Birmingham, Ala., Elizabeth Green of Birmingham, Ala., Alexandria Hickman Breen with husband Seamus Breen of Millbrook, Ala., and Allison Bennett Fields with husband Brad Fields of Denham Springs; grandsons, Jeb Lapeyrolerie of Hunt, Texas, Ben Lapeyrolerie with wife Jacqueline of Baton Rouge, Coy Lapeyrolerie of Baton Rouge, Vance Lapeyrolerie of Baton Rouge, and Billy Bennett with wife Brittany of Denham Springs; great- grandchildren, Katie Beth and Alleigh Williams of Stafford, Va., Breanna and Kallie Bennett, of Denham Springs and Carson Gage Fields, also of Denham Springs. She is also survived by her sister, Martha Mixon Alexander of Amite, brother Dr. Bill Mixon with wife Debi of Lake Charles, brother Archie Mixon with wife Brenda of Sylva, N.C., and sister-in-law Betty Bennett Bethel of Prairieville.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Harold C. Bennett, their son Mickey Bennett, her parents Gurley and Gertrude Mixon, and brothers Hamilton Mixon and Robert Mixon.
Visitation will be held at Kentwood United Methodist Church Saturday, August 11 starting at 9 a.m., with the service to follow at 11. The interment will be at Woodland Cemetery. Services will be conducted by Rev. Percy Mac Frazier. McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit www.mckneelys.com.