Obituaries

Mildred Janet (Faulkner) Bennett

June 9th, 2014

Mildred Janet (Faulkner) Bennett, 90, of Wilmington, MA, formerly of Reading, MA, died peacefully on June 8, 2014 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, MA.

Mil was born on March 30, 1924 to the late James Everett and Mary (Nelder) Faulkner. She was raised and educated in Reading, MA, graduating from Reading High School in 1941. Following graduation, she spent 23 years as a secretary at Eaton Vance, an investment brokerage firm in Boston. 

She married the love of her life, the late Austin F. Bennett Jr., with whom she shared 37 years of marriage. They built their life together in Wilmington, where they brought together extended family every year for much-anticipated holiday gatherings, and where Mil lovingly cared for her aging mother. She was an active member of the Wilmington Congregational Church for many years, and was well-known as a cashier at Elia’s Country Store. She has lived in Wilmington for more than 50 years, first in the family home on Lawrence Street and more recently at Windsor Place. 

Mil is predeceased by her sisters Estelle Wardwell and Catherine Frizzell, her brother James Everett “Bud” Faulkner Jr., her granddaughter Molly, and two nieces that were as close as sisters to her, Cynthia Elia and Nancy Trull.

She is survived by her dear daughter and son-in-law Kim and Tom Dawley and her loving granddaughters Megan and Caitlin, all of North Andover, MA, as well as many devoted nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Thursday, June 12th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Mildred’s Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 13th at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.  Interment will follow in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

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7 Entries in Guest Book for “Mildred Janet (Faulkner) Bennett”

  1. Barbara Wardwell Mark says:

    Aunty Mil, you left behind a legacy of love and happy memories. Give Mom and the girls a hug for me. I’ll see you again. Barbara

  2. Anne & Wes Dean says:

    Mildred, many happy memories getting together with you, with Anne, my mom, Cynthia, Steven, Karen and the many Christmas Days from the past. Mildred was always a class act and devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and person. Anne and I send our love and prayers to all. Wes

  3. Michele Bouvier Dickeson says:

    I worked with “Aunt Millie” at Elia’s Country Store and have many fond memories of her. She was always pleasant and kind. God Bless.

  4. Madonna Toto says:

    So Sorry for your loss…she was a lovely lady

  5. Karen M says:

    I knew Aunt Mil through Michael, Patrice and Melissa Elia. I will always remember her warm smile. Prayers are with Kim and her family and my Elia family.

  6. Lee Frizzell & Frank Hubbell says:

    Auntie Mil, Not only were you Mom’s dearest friend, but you were Deb’s and my favorite aunt. Summer after summer we would make the 24 hour drive from Wheeling, WV to your home, first in Reading and later in Wilmington. How we all looked forward to those vacations! Being with Grampy and Nana, Austie and you on the farm in Reading, then staying at your house in Wilmington with Austie, Kim, and Nana. All the family gatherings remain standouts in my memories. You were an exceptional woman: loving, compassionate, funny, down-to-earth. You accepted Frank as a family member from the first moment you and he met. Everyone whose lives you touched was made better for having known you. We will meet again. Please say hi to Mom and Dad, to Austie, to Grampy, Nana, Bud, Cynthia, Nancy, and all the family that greeted you when the doors of Heaven opened to you. We will always love you.

  7. Julie says:

    I remember our visits to Reading when I was very young and of course, to Wilmington. I always enjoyed the stories from your younger days with my mother, Stel and Catherine. Bless you now as you join the others and can relive those memories with them and all the rest. You had a wonderful life here with a wonderul family. Love, Julie

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