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ELIN I. BENNETT

October 14, 1938 - March 9, 2014

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BENNETT, ELIN IRENE BARTON, 75, of Walhalla, S.C. and Wesley, Maine, the beloved wife of Charles H. Bennett of 35 years, went to be with the Lord on March 9, in a Bangor, Maine nursing facility. She had been incapacitated for 10 months following a stroke. She was born Oct. 14, 1938, in St. Albans, the daughter of Lester Arden Barton and Marion Grace (Conger) Barton. She was a graduate of Waitsfield High School in Vermont and Becker College in Massachusetts. Elin had been executive secretary to Vermont Govs. Deane C. Davis and Richard A. Snelling and secretary to Congressman Richard W. Mallary. In Maine, she was administrative assistant to many administrators at Down East Community Hospital in Machias. Elin was an avid gardener and an accomplished artist, painting in oil and watercolors. She loved to ride horses, owning her own Tennessee walker for many years. She enjoyed mountain hiking with her husband and their dogs, and sometimes with her formidable cat, Mountain Laurel. Traveling extensively, they particularly enjoyed Prince Edward Island in Canada each summer. Attending various churches, she was a quiet, sincere witness to God’s grace and salvation. She enjoyed the Grange and Rebekahs. In addition to her husband, Elin is survived by her brother, Richard A. Barton Sr., and wife, Bonita Rae, of Port Charlotte, Fla.; nephew Richard A. Barton Jr. and wife, Sarah, of Milton, Vt.; niece Jo Ellen Marie Barton, of Barnet, Vt.; and dear Aunt Doris Conger Lemnah, of Port Charlotte, Fla.; and several cousins.

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