GRACE EILEEN BENNETT  a resident of Startup, Washington passed away the morning of December 15, 2010 at Bothell Life Care Center.   Grace was born December 3, 1926 to Ludwig (Louis) and Josephine Thomsen in McGrath, Minnesota.

Queen Grace 2009

She is survived by her brothers James, Louis and Vernon, significant companion “Bud” Mock, sons Robert, Larry and David, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her daughter Rita and son Douglas.

Grace married Robert O Bennett, January 7, 1945.  They moved from Minnesota to Washington State in 1957. She divorced Robert in 1962 and raised their 5 children as a single parent.  She met Bud at a square dance in 1973 and they have been together since.  She retired from Boeing Aerospace. Grace was a strong woman and dedicated mother and sister.  She had a great love for her family.  She enjoyed camping, fishing, square dancing, growing roses, picking blueberries and playing cards; especially winning blackjack tournaments.

Grace’s strength, spirit for life and love will be missed.

Grace with the Kids


  • Robert Jr. says:

    Never met a stronger tougher woman. Those today could not endure the trials that she had.

    In 1947 when the car broke down in a blizzard in Wisconson, she walked five miles carrying her youngest son while well pregnant with son Larry.

    In the 1960s, Mom with Dad and four children lived in a one room cabin (which she helped build) with no water, no electricity, and no sewer. Water was carried from a creek about 1/4 mile away and the only heat was provided by a small wood fueled cook stove which was always lit by the first one up. She was a right fine mother that I will always miss. Her illness was devasting to all as she and we knew that the end would be slow and painful. She is now in God’s hands in good health and smiling.

    With all my love #1

  • larry s bennett says:

    I will miss you mom; your strength and love will be missed by all who knew you. I will remeber the fishing and camping and claming. Wish I could have done more for you and I hope I have carried out your wishes as you would have wanted.

  • Lynn Bennett says:

    You were and will always be an inspiration for me. You strength sometimes scared me but only in a good way. A woman with a great love of family. It was difficult to watch as the illness took you away from us. We have many fond memories of your smile and liveliness.
    I can see you fishing as you pull bait from your pockets and dancing with those family members who passed before you. I miss you…

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