LaFORGE - Melba Jean Bennett, 71, died at 7:45 a.m. Nov. 27, 2001, in the Beverly Nursing Center.
Born July 7, 1930, in Caraway, Ark., daughter of the late L.T. and Janie Vanhoozier Hampton, she had lived in LaForge most of her life and was a member of the Kewanee Missionary Baptist Church and New Madrid American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
On Feb. 27, 1953, she married Melvin Haw "Bo" Bennett who preceded her in death on March 28, 1982.
Survivors include: two sons, Mike Bennett of LaForge and Melvin Bennett of Memphis, Tenn.; one daughter, Vicki Bennett of LaForge; one brother, Ira Thomas Hampton of Clarkton; one sister, Ida Johnson of Bernie; three grandchildren, Tonya Gayle Wilson of Portageville, Jessica Michelle Bennett of New Madrid and Sydney Marie Bennett-Dewitt of LaForge; and two great-grandchildren, Lawton Mikel Wilson and Corlie Paige Wilson of Portageville.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, Floyd Hampton; and one sister, Essie Mae Beck.
Friends may call after 5 p.m. Thursday at Shelby Funeral Home in East Prairie where services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday with Tom McCanless officiating.
Burial will follow in the Sikeston City Cemetery.