GALVESTON — Rose Marie Bennett, 73, of Galveston, Texas went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 22, 2008. Rose Marie Bennett was born on July 23, 1934, to the union of Herman and Mildred Mae Esther Bennett.
Rose Bennett began her education in the Galveston Public Schools attending Edna B. Brown’s Kindergarten school, George W. Carver Elementary, and Old Central High School. She graduated from Old Central High School in 1952 and went on to Prairie View A&M College, receiving her B.S. Social Science and English Degrees in 1956. She also received her M.Ed, Supervision/English in 1960. Because of the excellent education that she received in Galveston, she decided to give back to her community by teaching English in the Galveston Independent School District (GISD) for 40 years. Although she retired in 1992, it was retirement only on “paper” as she continued to serve Galveston children and the GISD by substitute teaching until October 2007.
As well as being an educator, Rose Marie was also known on the Island of Galveston as a community supporter, historian, and steward for Christ. She was a member of numerous organizations. She held many positions at West Point Baptist Church and was instrumental in the church receiving its Historical Marker in 1978. She served as a board member of the Galveston 1894 Opera House and was a member of the Galveston Historical Foundation. She was also an active member of the Galveston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, having served as a past Chapter president. She was a Life Member of the NAACP, Heroines of Jericho & Eastern Star, Galveston Retired Teachers Association, Old Central High School Cultural Center and the Juneteenth Development Scholarship Gala, to name a few.
Rose was preceded in death by her parents, Mildred Mae Esther Bennett Dalton and Herman L. Bennett; her brothers, Leo Otis Bennett “baby brother” and Frank Bennett; and grandparents, Walter and Caroline Esther and James and Hannah Bennett.
Rose is survived by her devoted sister-in-law, Shirley Bennett of San Antonio, Texas; two brothers, Steve Bennett of Houston, Texas and Morris Dalton of Chicago, Illinois; four nieces, Quentonia Bennett of Atlanta, Georgia, Stacey Bennett Dwyer (Denzil) and Stephanie Bennett of Dallas, Texas, and Shanda Bennett of Slidell, Louisiana; 3 aunts, Thelma Lewis of Berkeley, California, Gladys Morfett of San Francisco, California, and Laura Dean Esclovan of Oakland, California; 2 uncles, Clarence Bennett (Henda) of Berkeley, California and Joe Bennett (Luvenia) of Richmond, California; 4 godchildren, numerous cousins, friends, and former students.
Viewing will be held from 12:00 noon - 4 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2008, at Wynn Funeral Home, 602-32nd Street; followed by a wake from 6-8 p.m. at the West Point Baptist Church, 3003 Avenue M, Galveston, TX.
The Homegoing Celebration will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at the West Point Baptist Church with Pastor Kerry W. Tillmon, officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery.
Memorials, cards and flowers may be sent to: Wynn Funeral Home, 602-32nd Street, Galveston, TX. 77550.