In Loving Memory of

Glenna Orrell Bennett


Glenna Orrell Bennett, age 85, was surrounded by her family when she peacefully passed on Friday February 21, 2020, after a long illness.  Glenna was a beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and friend to many.  She was a tremendous inspiration to those who knew her.

Glenna was a member of First Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL for 59 years, where she served in many capacities including personnel committee, Woman’s Missionary Union, and Deacon.

Born in Spring Garden, VA, she met her future husband 72 years ago.  They built a wonderful life together that eventually brought them to Gainesville in 1961, where they raised their family.

Glenna graduated from James Madison University.  She was a member of Sigma, Sigma, Sigma sorority and served as chapter president.

Glenna loved teaching, and specialized in home economics, sharing that passion with students for many years.

She enjoyed travel, especially to the beach, and spending time with her family.

Glenna is preceded in death by her parents, Ira Oscar Orrell and Elsie Williams Orrell; as well as her brother, the Reverend Julian S. Orrell, and her sister Dorothy Orrell Dodd.

She is survived by her husband, Bobby R. Bennett; son, Stephen R. Bennett and his wife Tracy Burrows; daughter, Cynthia B. Bass and her husband David; Grandsons; Nathaniel, Austin, and Henry.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the loving staff of Plaza Health and Rehab, and to VITAS Hospice Care.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00, Wednesday February 26, 2020, at First Baptist Church, 14105 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32606.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the First Baptist Church, Missions Fund.

Online Condolences

2 Responses

  1. Cheryl Bennett at · Reply

    I will miss Glenna’s smiling face and her great cooking at the family farm. I have many Christmas and summer memories of all the family get togethers. Glenna truly loved Bobby and her children and has always been a great inspiration to me.

  2. Tom Hill at · Reply

    Bobby and family,
    I am so sorry to learn of your loss of Glenna. Wives, mother’s and grandmother’s are so important to family growth and strength. Will be praying for you.

Leave a Reply

Please feel free to sign the Guest Register and forward your condolences to friends and family members who have suffered a loss. Please enter your words of remembrance in the space provided. You may choose to leave your message online or click the link below to send a private message to the family. Please note that Forest Meadows Funeral Home will review all messages before they are published on the world-wide web or forwarded to family members. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. Thank-you.

To protect your privacy, Forest Meadows Funeral Home will not share your eMail address on the web. We offer you the option of providing it to us solely as a way to contact you. We do not share your eMail with third parties without your express written consent.

    Send a Private Condolence

    Your Name (required):

    Your Email (required)

    Your City

    Your State


    Your Message

    Send this condolence message to