Louella Ann Thorpe Bennett, 89, of Madison, Indiana, died Saturday, July 10, 2021, at her home in downtown Madison.
She was born in Madison on Jan. 7, 1932, to Aldred Alfred and Anna Irene Bott Thorpe, and was a lifelong resident of downtown Madison. She was baptized and confirmed in St. Mary’s Church in downtown Madison and received her elementary education at the St. Mary & St. Michael Schools and later attended Madison High School. She married Charles Edward Bennett on June 25, 1955, and they had two daughters and three sons. After raising her children, she was employed by Tower Manufacturing and retired after 26 years of service. She enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, shopping, teaching her many grandchildren how to play all types of competitive card games, visiting area casinos and spending time with her family. She was a lifelong member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church (formerly St. Mary’s) in Madison.
Survivors include her daughters, Charlene Bennett and Denise Brandes, both of Madison; her sons, Craig Bennett and Eddie Bennett, both of Madison, and Donald Bennett of Hanover, Indiana; two brothers, Bud Thorpe of Smyrna, Tennessee and Lenny Thorpe of Madison; a sister, Roserita Reece of Hanover; and 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; seven brothers, Larry Thorpe, Delbert Thorpe, Bill Thorpe, Ortis Thorpe, Richard Thorpe, Jack Thorpe, and Ralph Thorpe; and two sisters, Kathryn Smith, Mary Hendrickson.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 16, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in downtown Madison. Interment will follow in the Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery on Walnut Street in downtown Madison. Visitation is 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. The Rosary will by prayed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Prince of Peace Catholic Church through the funeral home. Online condolences and memorials, www.morgan-nay.com.