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Rose  Bennett
Rose Bennett

February 6, 1960 - January 25, 2019
Born in Newton, New Jersey
Resided in Walstonburg, North Carolina


Rose Bennett, age 58, passed away peacefully on January 25 at Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, surrounded by loved ones. She is survived by her parents, Marjorie and Ron Misner, her siblings, Roni Wright, Julie Yando, and Tony Misner, and her daughters Terri and Lisa Bennett. She also leaves behind an army of close friends and neighbors who she held very close to her heart. Rose was born on Feb. 6, 1960, at Newton Memorial Hospital, and spent most of her life living in Newton, NJ, and Stroudsburg, PA, before moving to North Carolina in recent years.

Rose was a dedicated employee and excelled in several customer service and sales positions at companies such as Write Mark Sales and Independent Enclosures before becoming the owner of the small business Diversified Office Solutions and an A+ Certified computer skills instructor. In the latter position her extraordinary compassion and patience contributed to her success in teaching senior citizens and others computer literacy that helped them to stay connected to their families and obtain job skills.

Still, Rose's greatest joy was being a mom to Lisa and Terri and a devoted Aunt to her nephews and niece. When her daughters were young, she was a frequent chaperone on class trips; helper at Girl Scout and Daisy meetings; audience member at music, band, and dance recitals; and was a great softball mom. She is remembered by many of her daughters' friends as a "cool mom" with a big smile and a love for having fun and hosting parties, in particular the neighborhood Friday Night Bash. Rose also became a mother at a young age, which meant that her girls had the good fortune of enjoying her youthful energy and most active years alongside her. Because of this, her daughters and nephews have cartwheel and cannonball skills that are second to none, a true testament to Rose's careful training in these areas.

Above all the things that Rose will be remembered for are her huge, huge heart, her tremendous capacity for love and forgiveness, and her ability to be generous, almost to a fault. Not only was she known for her love of Christmas and providing her family and friends with memorable and fun holiday celebrations, but she was also acutely aware of others in less fortunate positions and did whatever she could to be sure that they, too had joy in their lives during the holidays. She was also a relentless champion of underdogs and those who needed second chances.

All those who would like to share the joy and pain of remembering Rose are invited to a celebration of Rose's life at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton, on February 2nd at 1pm, followed by a gathering in her honor at the VFW in Newton.

Flowers are welcome and donations to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice are also appreciated. If you can't participate in these ways, light a candle, have a drink, and listen to a song that reminds you of her. That's what she would have wanted.

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Celebration of Life
Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Saturday, February 2, 2019
1:00 PM

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