BENNETT, Faye, 101, longtime resident of the South Miami area, passed away at her home on July 15, 2022.
Born in Jackson Parish, Louisiana where she was raised on a small family farm, Faye went on to become the first of her extended family to obtain a college degree. She pursued a professional career as a registered dietitian here in Miami, arriving shortly before the end of WW II.
She met and married Jerry Bennett, whose family had moved in 1924 from Georgia to South Florida. Continuing to work while raising a family of three daughters, Faye had a lifelong love of growing things. Constantly finding interesting plants for her garden, she was an active participant in the South Dade Amateur Orchid Club for many years. Subsequently, she served as a long-time volunteer at the herbarium at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
She also enjoyed animals and had many livestock and pets over the years, from chickens and turkeys, rabbits, and parakeets to the ubiquitous dogs and cats. In her later years she cherished the companionship of her tuxedo cat, Tango, who spent most days sleeping in her lap.
Faye had many friends both at “home” in Louisiana and here in South Florida. She never met a stranger and was well known for volunteering to help out a friend or neighbor and to offer her memorable Southern hospitality at any opportunity. Loved by all who knew her, she lived a long, productive and happy life.
She was predeceased by her husband, Jerry, to whom she was married for 58 years. She is survived by her daughters Dorothy Bennett, Elizabeth Carruth (Hamp) and Patricia Kinsley (Bryan), grandsons Kevin and Wade Carruth (Leighton) and great-grandchildren Jim and Lucy Carruth.
Visitation and service will be held Monday, July 25th at 10:30 am. Burial at Miami Memorial Park on Tuesday, July 26th at 2:00 pm.