Published: 1:52 pm, Sun. Nov. 11th, 2018Updated: 1:51 pm
A celebration of life is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Moriarty Civic Center, 202 Broadway, Moriarty, for Debra Kay Bennett of McIntosh, N.M.
Bennett, 65, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at her home, surrounded by family and friends.
Pastor Mike Nasci will officiate the services.
Debra was born Aug. 24, 1953, in Henderson, Texas, to Curtis and Clovis Haskins. She spent her early years between Texas and Maljamar, where her daddy worked in the oilfields.
She was a graduate of Roswell High School in Roswell, which is where she later met her soulmate, Bill Bennett, when the carnival came to town.
Married May 13, 1972, Bill and Debra started not only a beautiful life together but built a successful business in Bennett’s Amusement Inc. She cultivated lifelong relationships and made irreplaceable memories with everyone she met along their travels across the country.
Debra was the unequivocal matriarch of the family. Her favorite things were her family, singing, shopping, watching reality TV and food shows, and taking cruises with Bill and friends.
She fought a courageous battle against ovarian cancer, giving it her all until her last moments with her larger-than-life personality. She overcame countless obstacles and complications, many of which had timelines that she far surpassed. She was determined to attend her grandchildren’s many activities, sporting events, recitals, and karate tournaments, even during her battles and sicknesses. Her love for her family kept the fire in her fighting spirit, a flame that burns on in the hearts of those closest to her.
Survivors include her beloved husband of 46 years, Bill Bennett, of McIntosh; children Chandra Martin and husband Fred, and Curtis “CW” Bennett and wife Shalane, both of McIntosh; grandchildren Bailey, Hope, Jordan, Austin, Ashlee, Owen and Ezra, all of McIntosh; although they never used the term “step,” stepmother Lauranne McDaniel, stepbrother Jamey Smith, and nieces Erika, Jessika and Marlee, all of Artesia, and step-aunt Maureen Lemke of San Marcos, Texas; and Bill Baldree and wife Mary, Mike Baldree and wife Pam, and several other cousins in Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
For anyone who knew Debra, you know she did things her way from birth to her passing. She was someone who never met a stranger, relished in great conversation, and always lived life on her terms. There will never be another one like her. Rest in peace, momma. We will keep you in our hearts forever.