July 30, 1934 – April 12, 2015
With profound sadness, the family of Ivanna Olha Bennett (Ina) announces the passing of our beloved mother and Baba. Born in Ardrossan, Alberta and raised in Vegreville, Ina met Harold Bennett in Banff where they were both working at summer jobs. Hal and Ina were married in 1959 and started their family and dental practice in Drumheller, where their four children were born. Hal and Ina moved their family to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island in 1966, where they raised their children and continued their dental practice.
Ina loved the arts and volunteered in many areas while living in the Comox Valley, including, amongst others, CoVal, CYMC, Sid Williams Theatre, Meals on Wheels, St. Joseph’s Hospital and the United Churches.
Ina and Hal relocated to North Vancouver in 2005 to be near their children and Ina continued her volunteer work at St. Andrew’s United Church with the Sharing Abundance lunch program and the Teddy Bear Picnic.
Ina was predeceased by her husband Hal in 2014. She is survived by her loving children Tom (Nicola), Dan (Karen), Dawn-Ann (Clancy), and Jim. Her nine grandchildren Julia, Emily, Claire, Shannon, Sean, Samantha, Danny, Jamie and Kalia will all miss their Baba immensely. Ina is also survived by her three sisters Irene, Stella and Emily; she was predeceased by her brother Walter. A great many nieces and nephews will also miss her.
Loved by family and community, for her generosity of heart and her selfless spirit, Ina will be greatly missed by all who knew her. In lieu of flowers, donations gratefully accepted to St. Andrews United Church, 1044 St. Georges Ave., North Vancouver, B.C. V7L 3H6. Private family gatherings at a later date, no service by request.