|Birth: ||Oct. 11, 1923|
|Death: ||Jan. 6, 2009|
Exie Mae (Choate) Bennett, 85, passed away on January 6, 2009 at her home in Jones, OK while feeding all the different bird species that God put in her care. Exie was the daughter of Thomas Keith and Georgia Mae (Crow) Choate. Exie was born October 11, 1923 in Wellston, OK. She moved with her large loving Christian family to the various Oklahoma farming communities where they resided while she grew up. Being raised on a farm, Exie was exposed to hard work, given chores and responsibilities at a very early age. She accepted Jesus as her Savior and was baptized at 11 years old. Exie lived with her parents and helped them work their large dairy farm northeast of Jones on the Hogback before her parents retired to smaller dairy farms in Jones. They lived and worked here until the school needed the land. Exie's mother always held education in high regard as she did her religious beliefs, so Exie's parents sold their dairy to the school and moved once again to the house on Colorado Street in Jones. Exie married Tony Bennett on June 22, 1947 at First Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, OK after dating for only 8 months. Exie took her role as wife, homemaker and mother very seriously. So much so, she quit her job at Tinker Air Force Base as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief Base Commander from 1942-1953, when she became a stay-at-home mother to LaVeta Carole Bennett. When her husband's job resulted in transfers to new locations she gladly followed him from Oklahoma City to Amarillo, TX. They resided here from 1955-1960. Later they moved to Los Alamitos, CA where she worked for the largest school district in the county. After leaving California they moved to Edmond, OK in 1965 and on to Tulsa in 1967. While in Tulsa, she rejoined the work force as a private night nurse in order to help others in need. They moved from Tulsa to OKC in 1969 until 1976, when they moved to Dallas, TX. While present at her daughter Carole's wedding. Exie gained not only a son-in-law, but her first grandson, with whom she grew to share an intense interest in wrestling. She also attended the birth of her second grandson and only granddaughter. Exie and her husband retired to Jones, OK in 1989, where she enjoyed being close to her younger grandchildren, with whom she shared their interests in handgun safety, nature, scouting, fishing - not just catching but also cooking, and baking - a practical way to improve reading and math skills. Exie saw all her grandchildren accept Jesus, as their personal Savior. When Carole married Exie's primary job became Grammie which she took very seriously, until she started her next job as Meme to the next generation. Exie was preceded in death by her parents brothers, Verna, Vecil, Otis Leroy, Leon, and Pete Ollie Choate sisters, Lillie Deason, Lela Roby and Lula Bernice Herrin great-grandson, Mikael Xavier Perry. She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Tony brother, J. Hubert and wife Jacque Choate of McAlester, OK daughter, Carole Cowan and husband Scott of Jones, OK grandsons, Rick and Megan Cowan of Grand Rapids, MI, Ryan Cowan of Jones, OK granddaughter, Robyn Cowan of Jones, OK great-grandchildren, Ryleigh and Keira Cowan of Grand Rapids, MI, Christian Baca-Cowan of OKC, OK, Gabriel Perry of Jones and numerous nieces and nephew and a multitude of friends. A funeral service will be held at 2PM, Friday, January 9, 2009 at Bill Eisenhour Northeast Chapel. Interment will follow at Arlington Memory Gardens.
Published in The Oklahoman on 1/9/2009
Tony Bennett (1922 - 2011)*
Arlington Memory Gardens
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Record added: Jan 09, 2009
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