Lillian Schmidt Bennett, 92, died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.
She was born Sept. 13, 1925, in Hays to Raymond Andrew and Dorothy Leikem Schmidt.
She married James O. Bennett Jr. on Oct. 6, 1945. They moved from her family farm in Kansas to Atlanta, where they resided until her husband graduated from Georgia Tech. Augusta then became her new home. She was a lover of literacy and reading, which led to her career outside the home. She always had a book and was willing to share the story with all who would listen. She retired from the Augusta Chronicle in 1990, where she worked for more than 30 years in the proof department.
She was a devout Catholic throughout her life and a member of St. Mary on the Hill for the last 60 years.
She enjoyed being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Survivors include her daughters and their families, Kathleen A. Bennett, Dori and Donald Thorstad, Brian and Kristy, Lucy, Bain and Annabelle Thorstad, Kevin and Emily, Caroline and Elle Thorstad, Sue and Eric Sawyer, Elizabeth, Lilly and Matthew Sawyer, Cece and Chuck Cruce, Beth and Michael Mosner and Ben Mosner.
She was preceded in death by her parents and 11 siblings, Clarence, Marcellus, Elmer, Ben, Alfred, Dan, Willard, Martina Maska, Mary Esther Munk, Frances Parker and Annabelle Lietz.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church.
Family will receive friends in the church narthex beginning one hour prior to the service.
Memorials are suggested to be made to a library of the donor's choice.