Dedicated to the memory of Valerie Bennett

Valerie was the youngest of four daughters  to Lionel and Gertrude Row.  Valerie grew up in St Thomas, Exeter and Exeter was always  the place she called "home" . As a very young child she was a keen dancer, an avid reader and learnt to play the piano. Valerie was close to  her sisters Eileen , Doreen and Margaret and as child looked up to them and as an adult counted them amongst her closest of friends. Family was most important to her. At the age of 19 Valerie married Laurence Bennett in 1958  and their first  child a daughter followed the following year , three sons followed in 1963 , 1967 and 1971. Valerie and Laurence left Exeter in 1964 and moved to Bristol ,  further moves took them to Northampton and finally Aylesbury, 

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Hello Nanna Missing you every day as ever I hope you’re somewhere amazing and beautiful! I just want to see you and speak to you & not being able to is hard to accept! I miss your cuddles I love you xxxxxxx
Sent by Laura on 12/03/2018
I’ve had a really good day today Nanna. I had an epiphany and finally for the first time in a long time I’ve realised it’s time to focus on me and my happiness and focus on my goals, what I want to do and not worry about everyone else all the time. I know I’m so much like you and always put everyone else before myself. I worry so much about seeing everyone all the time and I get stressed out if I can’t fit everyone in. Whenever I was with you I was always in the moment. I enjoyed so much just being together and living in the moment and I think everything has just opened my eyes so much that I don’t do that enough in my own life. In my heart I believe this is you telling me to look after myself and just do me as I know you were not able to live your life that way. I’m going to do it and if I can’t do it for myself I’m going to do it for you. You keep me so strong & I am so grateful for that. You will forever be in my heart, soul and mind! Love you so much xxxxxxxx
Sent by Laura on 05/03/2018
Missing you Nanna. So so much! There’s a part of my brain that’s lying to me saying you’re still at Silverleigh and being well looked after! I’m sure you are being looked after up there though! I feel so much love and happiness every day and I know it’s you. I love you! Xxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent by Laura on 04/03/2018

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