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Claude "Tootie" Bennett Gowdy
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Birth: Jun. 4, 1931
Death: Apr. 15, 2005
Baton Rouge
East Baton Rouge Parish
Louisiana, USA

Daughter of Allene Edgerton and Frank Bennett. Wife of Fred Gowdy.
Gowdy, Claude Bennett "Tootie" She was born in Baton Rouge on June 4, 1931. She was named after her grandfather, Claude Edgerton, so you can see the need for a nickname. She left us behind on Friday, April 15, 2005, at 3:55 p.m. She graduated from Baton Rouge High School and LSU with a degree in home economics, for which her husband and children were very thankful. She was an accomplished pianist and taught piano for 15 years. She and Mary Lee White played twin piano sections for many functions for several years. She was a stay-at-home mother who raised four boys and found time to participate in the Junior League, serving as president for one year. Her hobbies included restoring antique furniture, working in her flower garden and making flower arrangements, from which she derived great pleasure. She also enjoyed playing tennis for many years, until the Spring of 2004, when she was forced to quit due to an illness which eventually caused her death. She sang in the choir and served as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church. She was hungry for the Word, spending hours reading and studying the scriptures; leading a women's Bible study for many years. She was a tremendous blessing to anyone she touched, especially her family and friends. Tootie is survived by her husband, Fred Wayne Gowdy; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Wayne Bennett and Shelly Gowdy, Glenn Barton Gowdy, Kenneth Parker and Claire Gowdy and Richard Neal and Samantha Gowdy; two brothers, Frank W. Bennett Jr. and Barton L. Bennett; five granddaughters, Sarah, Emily, Caroline, Mary Catherine and Griffin; and four grandsons, Bennett, Barton, Andrew and Parker. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Frank W. Bennett and Allene Edgerton Bennett. Visitation at First Presbyterian Church, 701 North Blvd., from 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, until religious service at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Gerrit Dawson. Interment in Roselawn Cemetery followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Foundation, 763 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802. Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Advocate on 4/17/2005. 
 
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 Parents:
  Frank Willard Bennett (1905 - 1983)
  Allene Edgerton Bennett (1911 - 2003)
 
 Sibling:
  Claude Bennett Gowdy (1931 - 2005)
  Frank Willard Bennett (1934 - 2008)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Her children rise up and call her blessed.
 
Burial:
Roselawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum
Baton Rouge
East Baton Rouge Parish
Louisiana, USA
 
Created by: Ruth Dobbins Bennett
Record added: Sep 21, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 117441672
Claude Tootie <i>Bennett</i> Gowdy
Added by: Ruth Dobbins Bennett
 
Claude Tootie <i>Bennett</i> Gowdy
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