In Memory Of
Bennett, Lucia who passed away on 10/25/2016 at the age of 93
Lucia Reyes Bennett was born 12-13-1922, in Los Angeles, California. Lucia passed away on 10-25-2016, at 93 years of age, surrounded by her loving family. She was one of four siblings including Federico Reyes (deceased), Maria Reyes Miller, and Julio Reyes (deceased). Lucia is preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Francis Bridgeman Bennett. She is survived by their six children Lucia Yandell (Brad), Brigid Bennett, Mercedes Bennett, Josephine Bennett, Monica Bennett, and the Honorable Francis Bennett II (Diane), as well as two grandchildren Elizabeth Bennett and Francis Bennett III.Lucia Bennett worked as a movie extra in Hollywood films during her childhood years. She studied pre-nursing at the Los Angeles Community College where she achieved the status of a Nurse Cadet. Lucia obtained her Registered Nurse credential from the Los Angeles County Hospital Nursing Program in 1945 and worked as a RN with the Los Angeles County General Hospital from 1947 to 1950. She also participated in the University of Mexico Summer Liberal Arts Program in 1947 and 1950. In 1950 Lucia received her commission in the United States Navy Nurse Corps. From 1950 to 1956 her duty stations included U.S. Navy Hospitals in Great Lakes Illinois, Oakland California, Sangley Point in the Luzon Province of the Republic of the Phillippines, Yokuska Japan, and San Diego California. Lucia was commended for her service with the National Defense Service Medal, The Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal.Lucia received her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1962 from the Sacred Heart School for Women, now known as the University of San Diego. Lucia was honored as a Golden Torero in 2012.Lucia Bennett's commitment to community service included participation in the Saint Charles Parent Teacher Organization, The San Diego Diocesan Priesthood Selection Board, the Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Program, the House of Rachel Women's Center, the Sacred Heart Alumni Association, The San Diego County Bar Auxiliary, and the Immaculata Catholic Church. Lucia's greatest work was as a wife to Francis Bennett and mother to the Bennett family. Lucia retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant when she married Francis in 1956. The couple made their home in San Diego, California. Francis was a career naval officer until he retired as a Lieutenant Commander and pursued a second career as a successful lawyer. Lucia enjoyed travel, crafting, her parish life and spending time with her loving family.The Visitation will be on Thursday, 11-03-2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., including a Rosary at 5:30 p.m. The mass in celebration of Lucia's life will be on Friday, 11-04-2016 at 10:00 a.m.. All services will be at the Immaculata Catholic Church, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, Ca 92110.