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Elizabeth Ann Bennett of Monticello

On the morning of Thursday, October 10, 2013, Elizabeth Ann Bennett’s spirit quietly and unexpectedly passed from her earthly body during her sleep.

Beth married her soulmate and life partner, Matthew A. Bennett, on August 22, 1981 in Monticello, Illinois. Together they shared a lifetime of enjoyment from traveling to exotic locations, making and attending musical experiences, family occasions, holidays and entertaining friends.

Beth’s appreciation of music from the time she learned to play piano shaped many of the important events of her life. From high school marching band championships to singing in the MethodistChurch choir to supporting up and coming young blues artists, music filled her life with happiness.

Beth was a secretary for Miller, Tracy, Braun and Funk for over 26 years.

As a 10-year survivor of breast cancer, Beth spent much of her time promoting awareness. A few short months ago, her cancer came out of remission and spread quickly. With her boundless determination, she tackled the beast again. Through all of her pain, she continued to smile and uplift others with her infectious laughter and positive attitude. Beth lived each day of her life to its fullest, always looking forward to the next.

Beth was born in Champaign, Illinois on May 28, 1960 to Richard A. “Dick” and Judith A. “Judy” Bruhn Harper. Her parents and older brother, Richard W. “Rick” Harper preceded her in death. She leaves behind her beloved husband, their trusted companion Bud, sister Debbie (Greg) Valentine, and brother Steve (Lori) Harper, father-in-law James Bennett, brothers-in-laws J. Michael (Pam), Marty, and Mark (Tina) Bennett, as well as several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephew.

Matthew will visit with friends and family on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello.

A celebration and honoring of Beth’s life and spirit will be the following morning, Friday, October 18, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at the same location with Rev. Greg Courtright officiating.

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Beth’s wishes were to have her ashes taken to a special place in Oregon.

In lieu of floral arrangements, it is asked that contributions be made to her husband who will distribute the memorial in Beth’s name to central Illinois blues organizations which support young musicians and enable them to follow their passion.

Obituary written by family members.