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Obituary for Mary Margaret Coman Bennett
Mary Margaret Coman Bennett, 92, died Thursday, June 28, 2018. A native of Columbia, Mississippi, born August 11, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Robert Mason Coman and the late Erma Cole Coman. She received her baccalaureate degree in elementary education from Belhaven College where she was a member of the “Singing Christmas Tree.” She received her Master’s Degree from Denver University. Mrs. Bennett taught in the Jackson Public Schools at Sykes and Baker Elementary Schools for many years. Upon her retirement from teaching, Mary Margaret and her husband, Jim, devoted much of their lives to mission trips. They were dorm parents for students in Buenos Aires before going to China and Mongolia where they taught English as a second language. One of their most memorable and meaningful trips was their tour of the Holy Land in 1997 with the late Dr. Frank Pollard and his wife, Jane. Mrs. Bennett will be remembered for her joy of working in her yard and growing beautiful flowers. She enjoyed playing the organ and piano. She was an accomplished seamstress and made many of her own clothes. One of her loves was the Wednesday night prayer meeting at First Baptist, Jackson, writing cards and messages of love, support and comfort. Mary Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, James Albert Bennett, and a brother, Robert Mason Coman, Jr. She is survived by her stepdaughters: Beverly Mauch (Russ), of Dallas and Jeanne Brinson (Mike), of Flowood; a sister, Erma Elizabeth Lampton, of Tylertown; 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at Sebrell Funeral Home, the Reverend Tom Washburn officiating. Visitation will begin after 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A graveside service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Lakewood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the International Missions Board at www.imb.org