Ruth Eileen Carpenter

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Ruth Eileen Carpenter, 84, Brazil, died Monday at her residence.

Born in Reelsville, she was the daughter of Ross and Lilly (Wood) Bennett.

Survivors include her children, Evelyn Jane Strother and husband Bill, Plainfield, Julia Van Stone and husband Paul, Naples, Fla., Terrie Dahlstrom and husband Joseph, Brazil, Rita Marie Smith and husband Roger, Sarasota, Fla., Forest Eugene Carpenter, Indianapolis; 22 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and a large extended family, including those in the Greencastle area.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Paul Carpenter, daughter Kay Reberger, son Maynard Keith Arnold, infant daughter Elizabeth Ann Arnold, a grandson, siblings Vern Bennett, George Bennett, Melvin Bennett, James Bennett, Helen Bennett, Catherine Thomas, Pauline Grimes, Evelyn Parker, Dorothy Bennett and an infant brother.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at French Funeral Home, Brazil, with burial to follow at Calcutta Cemetery.

Visitation is noon until service time Thursday, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Mooseheart City of Children, 155 S. International Drive, Mooseheart, IL 60539.

Online condolences may be sent at www.french