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Ella S. Bennington

July 10, 2022


Ella S. Bennington, 97, of Newark OH, died July 10, 2022 at Otterbein Senior Life Granville. She is survived by her children and their spouses: Peggy L. Bennington (Annette Friskopp) of Fountain Hills, AZ, Barbara J. Hinterschied (Gregg) of Granville, and Carol L. Zimmerman (Steve) of Columbus. In addition to her parents, Virgil Franklin and Alberta Virginia (Kight) Swisher, Ella was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Howard McRae Bennington, daughter Marsha J. Bennington, 3 step-brothers and 5 step-sisters.

Ella was blessed with 5 grandchildren: Dustin R. Smurdon (Kim) of Ormond Beach, FL, Rebecca L. Smurdon of Columbus, Fr. Michael J. Hinterschied, of London OH, Emily J. Mosier (Trey) of Westerville, and Sarah M. Zimmerman of Cincinnati. A very proud great-grandmother of 7: Addie, Brody and Michaela Smurdon, Keagan Knight, and Ella, Rocky and Eve Mosier.

A devoted wife, mother, grandma & great-grandma, Ella loved children, pets, basket weaving, knitting and crocheting.

Ella received her B.A. in Business Economics from West Virginia University in 1947. She took continuing education classes at Rio Grande College, Ohio University and Kent State University. Ella retired in 1986 after teaching for 22 years at the Elementary School in Cadiz OH. She was a 4-H advisor for 11 years in Jackson OH; member of the Lake Square Presbyterian Church in Leesburg FL and attended First Presbyterian Church in Granville.

A special thank you to the First Presbyterian Church congregation for all the visits, phone calls, and flowers over the years. A private  Funeral Service will be held for the family at McPeek-Hoekstra Funeral Home. A private burial will be held in Morgantown, WV.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 250 W. Main St, Newark OH 43055 or New Beginnings Center, P.O. Box 786, Newark OH 43058-0786.




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