Maureen Denise Bennett

Bayfield resident Maureen Denise Bennett died of heart failure Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at her home. She was 64.

Mrs. Bennett was born to John and Betty (Halverson) Jefferies on March 13, 1948, in Los Angeles. She grew up in Washington, Calif., where she attended a one-room school through high school.

After graduation, she worked as a licensed vocational nurse before earning her registered nursing license through the University of Phoenix.

Mrs. Bennett worked at the Los Angeles County Hospital in the emergency room for seven years and then transferred and worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield of California. Mrs. Bennett stopped working because of medical reasons about 15 years ago.

In 1989, she met Clint Bennett. The couple married Sept. 4, 1989, in Las Vegas. They lived in Grenada Hills, Calif., until moving to the Bayfield area 13 years ago.

“Maureen enjoyed animals of all kinds, but especially enjoyed raising and caring for chickens,” her family said. “She gave all of her chickens’ names and even made ‘coats’ for them to wear. She loved Colorado, reading, watching ‘The Young and the Restless’ and gardening. She was an avid fan of the San Francisco 49ers. She would say, ‘Win, suck or lose, I will always be right there with them.’”

Mrs. Bennett is survived by her husband of 23 years, Clint Bennett, of Bayfield; brother, John Donahue, of the Novato, Calif., area; half-sister Redbird Walker of Olympia, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation has occurred. A graveside memorial service will take place at noon today, Sept. 27, 2012, at Pine River Cemetery in Bayfield.