Mabel ‘Frances’ Bennett

Mabel “Frances” Hedrick Bennett, 81, a resident of Durbin, passed from this life Friday, May 2, 2014, at home surrounded by family.

Frances was born Friday, Jan. 20, 1933, in Elkins, a daughter of the late Frank Hedrick and Georgia Persinger Hedrick.

On Aug. 30, 1947, she married Frank Bennett, who preceded her in death in 1971.

Left to cherish Frances’ memory are six children, Sheila Rexrode of Durbin, James Bennett and wife, Valinda, of Frank, Frank Bennett Jr. and wife, Terry, of Huttonsville, Kimberly Rugemer and husband, Kevin, of Elkins, Donna Nicely and husband, Don, of Surry, Va., and Linda Carr of Montrose; one brother, William Hedrick and wife, Glenda; and one sister, Ocie Rosier all of Elkins; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Preceding Frances in death besides her parents and husband were four brothers, Roscoe, David, James and Grover; and three sisters, Katherine, Ruth and Ella.

Frances attended the schools of Randolph County. Prior to moving back to West Virginia, she made her home in Millers, Md. Frances was a member of the Red Hat Society and attended the Rebecca Lodge. She loved to collect Indians, play skipbo and dominoes and was a superb cook who fed many. Before moving to Durbin, Frances lived in the Tygart Valley Apartments in Elkins and enjoyed a close knit group of friends. She was Baptist by faith and had been attending Bethel United Methodist Church of Durbin. Frances will always live in the hearts of many and be remembered for all the good things she did for everyone.

A graveside service will be conducted today Saturday at noon in the Bennett Family Cemetery in Frank, and interment will follow. The Rev. Gary Phillips will officiate.

The family suggests that contributions may be made in memory of Frances to Mountain Hospice, 1002 S. Crim Ave., Belington, WV 26250. Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Mabel “Frances” Hedrick Bennett. Send online condolences to the family at