JOANN "JODY" BENNETT
November 3, 1927 ~ November 26, 2017
Joann "Jody" Bennett, 90, of Vancouver, WA, passed away on November 26th, 2017. She was born to Fern and Harry Campbell, in Troy, ID where she enjoyed small town living with her five siblings.
After graduating early from school, Jody moved with her sister to Spokane, WA where she graduated as a Registered Nurse.
After her schooling, she moved to Vancouver where she enjoyed her work with veterans at Barnes Hospital. While working there, Jody met Tom Bennett, who was a fun loving character who she married and had 4 children with.
She went back to work fulltime at Vancouver Memorial Hospital, where she was Surgical Head Nurse and later, Head Nurse of Pediatrics. While working there with her fantastic team, Jody was admired by staff and patients alike. She inspired patients to become nurses, and 3 people to name their children after her. After the Pediatrics department moved to another site, Jody left the hospital to work with the Vancouver Clinic where she stayed until she retired. Once leaving full time nursing, she continued to work with hospice patients in their own home settings.
As a volunteer, Jody was involved on many levels. She was a school nurse, Red Cross nurse and camp nurse. She was also a fundraiser for many organizations; the American Cancer Society, UNICEF, Hospice, Young Audiences, etc. Jody was in leadership roles in a few organizations such as PEO, and at times represented her local chapter at national conferences.
Jody was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church for many years, then moved to Church of The Good Shepard to be closer to her home. She was very involved in church activities, and especially enjoyed outreach work with children at the local elementary school.
Jody enjoyed hiking, snow skiing, dancing, music, theater, art and traveling. She also played Bridge for over 50 years with the same group of wonderful women. In 2000, Jody joined the Osprey walking group who meets weekdays at Lacamas Lake. She thoroughly enjoyed the exercise, conversation and deeply supportive friendships she developed with them.
Jody was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Bennett; and son, Greg Bennett.
She leaves behind her children, Gail Bennett, Bruce Bennett, and Barb Milam Blystone; her grandchildren, Josh Bennett, Kasey Bennett, Kyle Bennett, Kelly Malia Bennett, Chelsie Diaz, Conrad Milam and Lauren Milam; her great-grandchildren, Reilyn Milam, Keoni Diaz and Sadie Bennett. Jody was a very kind, funny, loving and
generous woman who we will deeply miss.
We are very grateful of the staff at Community Hospice for their knowledge of Alzheimer's, and the amazing care and family support during mom's last weeks of life.
A family ceremony was held earlier this month.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Shriners Hospital for Children
-Portland, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239 or donate to a local charity of your choice.
Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits