BENNETT, Miss Doris E., of the Valleyview Home St. Thomas.  It is with much sadness that Doris’ family announces her passing at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, October 28, 2012, in her 77th year.  She was our rock, and will be forever missed by her brother,  Ron Bennett and his wife Judy of St. Thomas, her nephews, George Bennett of Orangeville, John Bennett and his wife Anna of Belleville, Michael and Patrick Bennett of St. Thomas, niece Sarah Bennett of St. Thomas, as well as great nephews, Jackson and Wyatt Bennett, and great niece, Maya Bennett, all of Belleville.    Born August 29, 1936, she was the daughter of the late James Bennett and the late Alice (nee Pilgrim) Buckles.  She was the step-daughter of the late John E. “Jack” Buckles.  Doris was a life long member of Centre Street Baptist Church, St. Thomas where she sang in both the Junior and Senior choir, and was a member of the Jessie Rosser Mission Circle.  She was a long time employee of the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, working in the Pediatrics Department until she retired due to a disability.  She remained a presence around the hospital, working countless volunteer hours in the Tuck Shop and with the Auxiliary on their many worthwhile projects.  Her volunteer work was recognized by the Government of Ontario.  Doris was a Past Noble Grand of Supreme Rebekah Lodge #251, St. Thomas, a Past Matron of Central Star Chapter #57, O.E.S., St. Thomas,  a former O.E.S. representative of Vermont in Ontario, and a member of the Red Hat Society.  She was a true Canadian, always accepting with grace whatever cards life dealt her, a kind and generous human being who would do anything for anyone.  Friends will be received by the family at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Wednesday from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.  The funeral service will be held at Centre Street Baptist Church, (Centre & Southwick St.) St. Thomas on Thursday, November 1st at 10:30 a.m.  Interment in St. Thomas Cemetery, West Ave.  Flowers gratefully declined.  Donations to a charity of one’s choice or a random act of kindness or gift to someone less fortunate would be appreciated by the family.  A memorial service will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. under the auspices of Central Star Chapter #57, O.E.S., St. Thomas.

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