Joleen Michele Bennett

July 8, 1952 - January 7, 2021


Joleen Michele Bennett of Auburn, WA, née Joleen Michele Buckley, died on January 7, 2021 following a three-month battle with complications of a stroke. She was 68 years old. Born in Seattle, WA on July 8, 1952, Joleen graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle in 1970. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education at Western Washington University, where she also met the love of her life, Brett Bennett. They wed on February 5, 1977, raised two children together, and remained married until her death nearly 44 years later. They resided in the Federal Way, WA area from 1978 to the present. She worked at Boeing for 25 years and then for 10 years as a special education paraprofessional in the Federal Way School District. Joleen was raised in the Lutheran faith and worshipped at Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines, WA. She loved to travel, making a special point to visit Hawaii and Cannon Beach, OR nearly every year. She also enjoyed shopping, hosting family events, scrapbooking, and decorating her home. She is survived by her husband, her daughter Brittany, her son Brendon, her brother-in-law, and ten nieces and their families. She is preceded in death by her father Wallace Buckley, her mother Carmen Buckley, her sisters Janice and Joanne, and a nephew.

Joleen is to be inurned in an immediate family-only service on February 5, 2021. A full celebration of life will take place at the Bennett family home on July 8, 2021, Covid-19 restrictions permitting. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pacific Whale Foundation or to your local food bank.

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