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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Linda Dove
Linda Dove
6 months ago

Brett I’m so sorry to hear about Cookie. I’m in shock. Found out from Sue Stark. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Never knew why she pushed me away. She was like a sister to me. Love, Linda & Brownie❤️

Shelley Anderson Bowler
Shelley Anderson Bowler
5 months ago

Bennett family, I’m so sorry about Jo. She loved you all so much and her little Harley too.
I will miss her friendship, our conversations and her sense of humor. It’s hard to believe we were friends for 56 years! Though we sort of lost touch while raising our kids, when we reconnected a few years ago, we just picked up where we left off. She was one special lady. I will miss her so much.
May God give you comfort and peace in your sorrow. May He give you smiles and love in your fond memories. May He give you hope and joy in knowing that one day you will be together again.
I send you love and prayers. Shelley

Brendon Bennett
Brendon Bennett
3 months ago

Hey mama!!! I miss and love you so much!! I can’t explain how much it hurts now that you are gone. You were the best mom to Brittany and me. You were so loving, compassionate, caring, patient and had the greatest sense of humor. I still cry all the time thinking about you and just can’t believe you are really gone. I promise to take care of dad and I will see you again someday. Love you so much mom!!