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Mary Evelyn Cochran Bennett

                             Bennett, 84

Mary Evelyn Cochran Bennett of Pearsall, 84, died on October 24, 2022. She was born on May 18, 1938 in Pearsall to the late Cruce and Mary Ola Cochran of Moore.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 48 years, Lionel Bennett, sister Linda Starr, brothers-in-law Robert Starr and John Scott Bennett, niece Sydney Starr, nephew Marty Starr, and son-in-law Bob Ballentine.

Bennett is survived by three daughters, Theresa Ballentine, Diana Herman (Tony Herman), and Jacqueline Bennett, four grandchildren Tyler Herman (Naama Herman), Robert Ballentine, Mariclaire Ballentine, and Christian Herman, sister-in-law Sharon Bennett, nephews Todd Starr, Bryan Starr (Michelle Starr), Scott Bennett (Kelli Bennett), Shannon Robison, and cousin Bill Bennett (Sharon Bennett), as well as several great nieces and nephews.

Mary Evelyn graduated from Pearsall High School in 1956 and married Sydney Lionel Bennett III of Pearsall in 1957. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Texas A&I College in 1965 and then taught English in Falfurrias, Refugio, and Pearsall. She also held many extracurricular responsibilities. She went on to work at Frio Hospital as a Medical Technologist and later worked at Pearsall Veterinary Clinic as a Veterinary Technologist. Mary Evelyn enjoyed gardening, watching the San Antonio Spurs, and spending time with her family and friends.

A graveside service was held on Saturday, October 29 at Pearsall Cemetery beginning at 10 a.m. Pallbearers included Tony Herman, Robert Ballentine, Christian Herman, Bill Bennett, Larry New, and James Overstreet.

The family has asked that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church of Pearsall, American Autism Association, American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, or to a Church of Charity of choice.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home and officiated by Reverend Dexter Lesieur of St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church in Devine.