Cicley Bennett Lentz, 80, of Winter Haven, Fla. passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at her residence, after a short battle with liver cancer. Born December 24, 1923, in Caruth, Mo., she was a resident of the area since 1972, after having moved from Kennett.
She was the owner/operator of the Lake Alfred Antique Mall, was a retired supervisor from Bell South Telephone Co., and was co-owner of Norton Auto Parts in Lake Alfred from 1972 until 1982. She was the former owner of the Campus Corner Restaurant in Senath, Mo.
Cicley was an active member of the First Baptist Church of lake Alfred. She served on the decoating committee, was a greeter, volunteer with the youth program and numerous other church ministries. Cicley loved the Lord and dedicated much of her time to the Church.
Cicley was also active in the Lake Alfred Chamber of Commerce and Woman's Club since she moved here in 1972. She received the Chamber Cup Award and was named Woman of the Year in 1991. She was President of the Lake Alfred Woman's Club, and the Lioness Clubs for several years. She was a member of the Executive Women's Golf Club.
She loved doting on her great-grand nieces and nephews. She enjoyed entertaining, traveling, painting, golf, fishing and Bible Study at the Billy Graham Training Center, The Cove, in Asheville, N.C. Cicley was admired and loved by many in her church and community. She is our hero.
She was preceded in death by her first husband of 37 years, William Norton and a brother, Thomas William Bennett.
She is survived by her husband of twenty years, Gene Lentz, of Winter Haven; a brother, Leon Bennett, of Kennett; two nieces, Carla Weston, of Walnut Creek, Calif. and Leanna Bennett-McClaskey, of Branson, Mo.; two great-nieces, Heather Weston, of Concord, Calif. and Erin Nelson, of Tucson, Ariz.; two great-grand-nieces, Bailey Nelson, of Tucson and Kaleigh Finney, of Concord and one great-grand-nephew, Wyatt Nelson, of Tucson.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, at the Shady Grove Baptist Church in Kennett.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, at the Shady Grove Baptist Church with Dr. Rocky Branch and the Rev. Jim Lewis officiating.
Burial will follow at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett.
Memorials may be made to the Shady Grove Baptist Church.
McDaniel Funeral Home of Kennett is in charge of arrangments.