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    Red Lake Falls - Darlene Bennett, 79, of Red Lake Falls, died on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D., surrounded by her loving family.
    Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 (today) at the River of Life Church in Thief River Falls, with Pastor Troy Bates officiating. Casket bearers include all of Darlene’s family and friends.  Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday (today) at the church.   
    Visitation will also be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Johnson Funeral Service in Red Lake Falls.  
    Darlene Delores (Warner) Bennett was born on May 4, 1933 in Buffalo, S.D., the daughter of Frank Cornelius Warner and Elva Gladys (Robins) Warner. She was dedicated in the Assembly of God Church in Buffalo.  Darlene also attended school in Buffalo, graduating in 1951 from Buffalo High School.
    Following high school Darlene worked as a cleaner at the local hospital and later as a bank teller.  She attended the Central Bible Institute in Springfield, MO.
    In 1954, Darlene was united in marriage to Billy Eugene Martindale in Denver, CO.  To this union a son, Terrence Eugene Martindale was born.  In 1958, Darlene was united in marriage to John Alton Bennett in Wickenburg, Ariz. Together with Terrence, they welcomed five more children to their family:  David Alton, Cynthia Lorraine, Jerry Wayne, Cheryl Lynne, and Judy Ann.
    While the children were growing, John worked as a logger all over the United States. The family moved a lot due to John’s work but eventually settled in Louisiana. For several years Darlene worked for Railroad Retirement, posting all the retirement salaries for all the employees in the U.S.
    In 1983, John passed away. Darlene moved to California to live with John’s sister. In 1995 she visited her daughter, Cheryl in Red Lake Falls, and has since made her home there.
    She was very family oriented…Darlene dearly loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    Darlene is survived by her children, Terrence Martindale of Red Lake Falls, Cynthia (Frank) Lorraine McCloud Potter of Washington State, Cheryl Pearson of Red Lake Falls,  and Judy Tonelli of Red Lake Falls; grandchildren, Nathan Martindale, David Martindale, Andrea (Chris) Sjaardema, Joshua James McCloud, Michael (Rachael) Paul McCloud, Shoshannah Anne McCloud, Zakariah Allan Tonelli, Daniel Adam O’Donnell, Amanda Lynne Pearson, and Kassandra Ann Pearson; great-grandchildren, Emmaline Catrine McCloud, Caleb Isaac McCloud, and Henry Maxxwell Elliot Schambeau; as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, John; sons, Jerry and David; her parents; and sisters, Ellen Peabody and Opal Haroldson.
    Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.
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