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Enid Patricia (Pat) Bennett, 95, passed away peacefully at her home in Nashville, Tennessee on January 15, 2023. Her husband of 73 years, Robert A. Bennett, survives her. Daughter of Enid Vandeveer Meredith and Joseph Tilson Meredith, Pat was born in Muncie, Indiana in 1927 and spent her childhood there.
Pat was a graduate of Bradford College and DePauw University where she was affiliated with Kappa Alpha Theta. She met Bob, who had recently returned from service in World War II, at DePauw and they were married in 1949. She lived nearly 50 years in Shelbyville Indiana where she raised her family, served on the Shelby Country Library Board and was a member of the United Methodist Church, PEO, the Unique Club and numerous other local organizations and groups. In the early 80's, Pat returned to graduate school, earning a Masters degree in Art History from Indiana University. A highlight of her graduate studies was a summer spent in France with a group of her fellow students. She went on to teach Art History at Indiana/Purdue University in Indianapolis and served for many years as a docent at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
She and Bob relocated to Nashville several years ago to be closer to family. Affectionately known in the family as "Sue," she enjoyed every opportunity to spend time with her daughters and grandchildren. A lover of crosswords, Impressionism, Broadway musicals, Cosmos, Paris and all cookbooks, her interests were wide-ranging and engaging. As did her mother, Pat had a great sense of humor and always enjoyed a good laugh.
In addition to Bob, Pat is survived by daughters Meredith (Joseph) Oliver of Beaufort, SC, and Sarah (Jay) Ramsey of Nashville, grandchildren Meredith (Andrew) Kalt, Helen (Ryan) Rominiecki and John (Molly) Ramsey, six great-grandchildren and nine nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother John Meredith and her nephew Todd Meredith of Muncie.
The family would like to thank Pat's wonderful and kind caregivers, Kay Carter, Michelle Williams and Allison Bennett. A memorial service will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville at 2 pm on Saturday, June 3, 2023. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Shelby County Library, 57 West Broadway Street, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.
Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville. Online condolences may be shared at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.