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Feb. 16, 1941 – Nov. 18, 2012

Audrey E. Bennett, of the Town of Tonawanda, devoted much of her life to her family and helping others.

“Her core beliefs were faith and family,” said her husband, Robert M. Bennett.

Mrs. Bennett died Sunday in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville, after a series of strokes during the past 4½ years. She was 71.

Her inspiration in helping people build stronger homes will carry on.

Her family has established the Audrey E. Bennett Family Support Center Fund through Catholic Charities and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. Her husband led the United Way in Buffalo for 15 years in a 23-year career with the charity.

“It’s a great partnership for kids and families. Catholic Charities and the United Way can use the funds to provide help to families when they need it,” Mr. Bennett said.

For 22 years, Mrs. Bennett served as senior services coordinator for the Town of Tonawanda. She organized arts and crafts shows, exercise and cooking classes and excursions, among other projects. She retired in 1992.

Her friends nicknamed her Betty, for Betty Crocker, because of her delicious desserts, particularly mocha brownies and pumpkin bars.

Mrs. Bennett’s family intends to distribute her six best recipes at her wake.

She was a master decorator on holidays.

She was born Audrey Bauer in Buffalo and was a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s Academy in the Town of Tonawanda. She earned a business degree from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.

She met her husband-to-be in 1955. They wed in 1964.

She was a member of the Alumwives, an auxiliary for the area’s University of Notre Dame alumni group.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Maurine B. Falkowski; a son, Andrew; a brother, Douglas Bauer; and a sister, Dorothy Deer.

A Mass will be offered at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday in St. Christopher Catholic Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.