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Jacqueline Kay Bennett
September 30, 1953 ~ February 4, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old
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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our mother, Jacqueline Kay Bennett
(Momma) (Jackie) on February 4th,2023,at age 69. She was surrounded by her kids and grandkids at a local Baytown Hospital.
Jackie was born on Sep.30,1953, to James Iley and Bertha Jean Burkhalter in Waynesboro, West Virginia. Before the age of 5,they would move to Channelview, Texas, where Momma would remain until she was married.
Momma attended and graduated from Channelview High School in 1972. In 1968, as a Freshamn, she would meet the love of her life, Larry Fort Bennett. One day after school, Jackie waited outside for her ride home, Dad would happen to pull up and ask her if she needed a ride home? Mom would say, "I've heard about you before, I'll pass!" Needless to say, Momma got in, and the rest is history,they were inseparable from that day forward.
Right after graduation at the age of 19, Jackie said "I do" to Larry on May 25, 1973. In a little white chapel off the Gulf Freeway in front of family and friends and a drunk clergy who called Larry, Richard the entire ceremony. Momma would always joke that "I don't know if me and dad are even really married because the clergy called him Richard the entire time!"
They would move to Baytown after being married, where they would reside for the remainder of mommas life. Jackie worked in the oil and gas industry at National Oil Well for over 20 years. When the company restructured, momma decided to switch career paths to the medical field to achieve her childhood dream of becoming a nurse. From 1980 to 1987 they would go on to have 5 children, 4 daughters and 1 son. Momma worked full time but never missed a practice, a game, a recital, or anything her kids had going on. The same for grandkids, every school function, grandparents' days, kinder graduations, to high school graduations, Momma attended them all and made sure they were a special event. Even when working full time and going to school full time.
She would work nights at SanJac ER and attend Lee College during the days. In 2004, she graduated from the LVN program at Lee College in front of her loving husband,her kids, and her grandkids! That day, she taught all of us that no matter what age you are, go for your dreams and make them come true! She went on to work at Texas Women's Health Center Downtown until her retirement.
Jackie will be met in Heaven by her father and mother, her brother Roger Burkhalter, and her daughter Haley Renee Bennett.
She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Larry Fort Bennett, Daughters Maranda Lopez and husband Isaac, Ashley Zapata and husband Joe, Lauren Bennett and husband Alexis Lupian Sr. and son Larry Fort Bennett Jr.
Grandkids Yesenia Hernandez and her husband Felipe, Elexis Lupian, Reyna Villarreal, Kain Lopez, Anniston Lupian, Clarissa Bennett, Alexis Lupian Jr., Alexa Bennett, Leanna Valencia, Bella Lopez, Sophia Lupian, Gaige Lupian, Allison Zapata, Gabriel Zapata, and Addison Zapata.
Great grandchildren, Adriel Lopez, Everlyn Hernandez, and Xyla Hernandez and numerous friends and family members.
Would also like to mention mommas doggy child, Little Sweet, she loved that pup like one of her own children.
Jackie will always be remembered for her loving,caring,generous ways. She never judged or made anyone feel less than or left out. She was the greatest woman we have ever met, and we are blessed to have had her as our mother. If I am half the mom that she was, I think I will have done a good job.