Marilyn “Mae” Chace Bennett lately of Swansea, Massachusetts passed away on June 19th, 2020 of complications of coronavirus. She was 92 and is survived by her husband Everett Hathaway Bennett, Jr. She was the daughter of Dorothy Dean and Fenton Mosher Chace of Somerset and the sister of Claire Chace Dorr (Ernest) all of whom predeceased her.
Born in Somerset at home on Riverside Avenue on December 25th, 1927, her mother made sure she had a special day outside of Christmas to celebrate. Until her death she kept a newspaper clipping from the Somerset Spectator celebrating her birthday in 1934 when she was 7. She loved young children and received an Associates Degree from Lesley College in Boston before teaching in places such as Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard.
She met he future husband at the Sophomore Ring Dance at Somerset High School and they subsequently married in 1955. She often stated that she was impressed with his acting abilities in the school play as a downed American pilot. They lived and raised their family in Milford, CT and subsequently moved back to the Fall River area in 2016.
She and Everett “Bud” had two sons, John and Dean, who died in infancy . Her two surviving children are Susan Bennett, MD of Washington, DC and David Bennett of San Clemente, CA. She had 4 grandchildren, Benjamin, Daniel, John and Mark. She is also survived by two nieces, Jean (James) Lyons and Ellen (Lee) Marsh and many grand nieces and nephews.
Mae was well known in Milford as she was a long time nursery school teacher and was always running into her former students whose children she also taught. She was an excellent baker famed for her pretzel salad as well as making industrial sized quantities of her famous original Chex Mix for all her relatives at Christmas. She was also very good at beanbag toss and Cribbage. She will very much be missed by all those lives she touched.
Bud and Mae were great travelers. Trailer camping with their young family and driving across the country. They wintered in Vero Beach for many years and took a cruise through the Panama Canal.
Mae always loved flowers, so if you wish to send her some please feel free to do so, Pomfret florist was her favorite.
Her funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 11am in the Hathaway Community Home for Funerals, 900 Buffinton St., Somerset. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
Burial will follow in Nathan Slade Cemetery, Somerset.
Calling hours will precede the service from 10-11am in the funeral home.
Due to current restrictions, access to the funeral home will be limited to small groups at a time.
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