Marion Rhymer “Bobbie” Bennett, passed away in her eternal home in Heaven on September 16, 2021. Bobbie was born on May 9, 1922 in Asheville, North Carolina to the late Hardie T. and Sadie Redmond Rhymer. She was also predeceased by her husband, Laurier James Bennett; three sisters, Bonnie Robinson, Helen Cator, Louise Carter and her brother Roy Rhymer.
Survivors include her 3 children and their spouses: Michael Bennett of Candler; Gary and Carol Bennett of Asheville; Kathy and Steven Kirkland of Hendersonville; as well as six grandchildren: Damian Bennett of Candler; Adam Bennett of Asheville; Amy (Billy) Hendrix from Mooresville, North Carolina; Chris (Stephanie) Bennett from Grants Pass, OR; William (Emily) Bennett of Dayton, OH; Fall (Grant) Hayball of Grants Pass, OR; 15 great-grandchildren and several special nieces, nephews and cousins.
She graduated from Lee H. Edwards High School in 1941. After graduation, Bobbie worked at the Isis Theater, the Enka Factory, and the Ivey Department Store. In 1947, she married the love of her life and stayed home to be a housewife and raise children. She returned to work as a substitute teacher at Vance and William Randolph Elementary Schools. She then returned to retail at Ivey’s, then retired in 1985 from the lingerie department at John Carroll fashion store. Bobbie was very sociable. She loved to talk and never knew a stranger. She has always had a cheerful demeanor, a gentle spirit and a great sense of humor. She really liked the simple things in life. She was genuine, kind, full of life, and determined to make the most of every minute, no matter how difficult the challenges she faced. Shaped by the Great Depression, stoic in the face of adversity, she has saved and has been frugal and cautious her entire life. She possessed a positive attitude, inner strength, and a “can do” spirit that was evident to anyone who knew her. She had many hobbies including taking photos, listening to music, canning, baking bread, pies and cakes which she graciously distributed to many neighbors and friends. She had a real passion for gardening and growing flowers. With her green thumb, she could grow anything, while still being eager to share a cutting, seeds or plant from her garden.
Bobbie has been a dedicated and loyal member of Grace Baptist Church since 1947. Over the years she has held many ministerial positions and been a member of the Amazing Grace Sunday School class where she enjoyed all the bus activities and fellowship meetings. She was a member of the Southern Railroad Group and enjoyed the monthly lunch talks, as well as meeting with her former colleagues at John Carroll. Above all, Bobbie loved the Lord and his dedication to his family and many friends will be remembered.
Her last years were spent in Hendersonville, surrounded by her family. Even though Bobbie was frail, she was happy and her mind was sharp. On May 9, she celebrated her 99th birthday and was counting the days to her 100th birthday.
The family would like to especially thank Marlene Hensley for her love and compassion during visits with Mom over the past few months.
The Bennett family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the many gestures of friendship, love and sympathy shown during the loss of our beloved mother. Your prayers have helped us tremendously during this difficult time.
Private funeral services will be held at Ashelawn Gardens of Memory.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her memory at: Grace Baptist Church, 718 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, NC 28806, (828) 254-0841, or Four Seasons Hospice Foundation, 221 N. Main St ., Hendersonville, NC 28792, (828) 513-2440.

Posted by Groce Funeral Home – West Asheville on Sep 16, 2021.

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