Local Obituaries

Avid national park camper Margaret Bennett dies at 87

RESPECT IS IMPORTANT: Wesley and Margaret Bennett of Punta Gorda have been married for 51 years. They say their secret to a long marriage is having respect for each other.
RESPECT IS IMPORTANT: Wesley and Margaret Bennett of Punta Gorda have been married for 51 years. They say their secret to a long marriage is having respect for each other. Special for the Herald

Margaret Bennett, 87, profiled with her husband in a recent Tropical Life article, Lifetime of Loving, passed away Thursday night after a eight-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Bennett was diagnosed after she tripped and broke her pelvis during a 2007 trip to Yosemite National Park in California. When she returned home, doctors connected her fall with the disease.

She was born in Honolulu and spent 30 summers traveling more than 300,000 miles with her husband Wesley Bennett, a Navy veteran. Together they visited every state except North Dakota and camped in the national parks.

They celebrated 51 years of marriage last November.

“She was just a wonderful person. Once you meet a wonderful person, you know it,” said Wesley Bennett, who lived with his wife in Punta Gorda. “She was fun loving, but was always very reserved in certain ways."

Margaret Bennett is survived by her two sisters Florence Goya, of Honolulu, and Lorine Yamamoto, of Reno, Nevada, and two brothers, Herbert Takekawa of Hawaii, and Glenn Takekawa of Navarre in the Florida Panhandle.

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