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Patricia (Pat) Alnor Bennett

June 17, 1936 - December 29, 2019

Patricia (Pat) Alnor Bennett of Plano, Texas, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2019. She was born on June 17, 1936 in Glendale, California. Pat married Ronald Bennett on June 25, 1954 in North Hollywood, California. She graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1953.

The Bennett’s moved from Southern California to the Dallas, Texas area in 1957. They chose Plano, Texas as their permanent home in 1965. Pat, along with Ron, ran the horse boarding and training stable known as B-Haven Ranch from 1970 to present day. Pat raised a World Championship Horse named Heza Fancy Straw. Heza won multiple championship events. In addition to showing Heza, Pat, along with daughter, Cindy, crisscrossed the country showing another Champion, Mister Gold Sox. Those championships were some of Pat’s most cherished moments.

Pat’s life was extended 20 additional years because her brother, Jim Barber donated his kidney to her. She was beyond grateful to Jim for his gift to her and to doctors and staff members.

New or old friends always felt so welcomed at Ron and Pat’s home. If you were one of Pat’s beloved friends, she would insist that you be treated fairly and would stand by your side. Pat had many cherished lifelong friends.

Pat loved traveling with Ron in their motor home to so many places including Truckee, California, and Reno, Las Vegas, and Laughlin, Nevada. Pat enjoyed her shopping expeditions and loved her gambling along the way. During her many trips she developed a passion for fine art, especially fine western art. She would plan stops in specific towns so she could look at desired items which she had previously circled in her Cowboys and Indians magazine. She found many lovely treasures along the way. Cripple Creek, Colorado became her new favorite place. She made many friends, loved the cool summers and thoroughly enjoyed the little quaint gambling casinos found along Bennett Avenue in Cripple Creek. She enjoyed sharing tales about her travels to Alaska, Canada and across the United States.

While at home in Plano, Pat enjoyed sitting on her porch soaking up the sun, watching her birds and counting her red-tailed squirrels. She genuinely loved animals including horses, a long list of dogs and her beloved cat, Nikki. She was a voracious reader and she would share books with others as well. She would share her dry sense of humor which would make everyone laugh. On many days, Pat would reminisce about places and friends met during her travels. She would speak about the days of "old" Plano. She could have been a historian detailing people and events occurring during the growth of Plano.

More of Pat’s favorite things included her collection of dangling earrings, matching fancy shirts and starched jeans. She had her favorite eating places. She always looked forward to sharing weekly breakfast on Sunday mornings with her special friends. Most recently, Pat stated that she had an adventurous life and had so many incredible experiences that she was not afraid of death.

Pat will be remembered fondly by her beloved husband Ronald Bennett of Plano, Texas; daughters Cindy Bennett and Diane Davey of Parker, Texas and Suzan Brownlee and her husband Don of Northridge, California; brother, James Barber and his wife Pam of Newberry Springs, California; grandchildren Emmie and Michelle Brownlee of Northridge, California; and many other family members and friends.

"It is the free-spirited men and women that we most admire and often envy – those individuals who dare to be themselves." – Kevyn Aucoin

A Celebration of Pat’s life will be scheduled at a later date. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to either Allen Animal Shelter or Patriot Paws in Rockwall, Texas.

 

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Remembering dear Pat and all the good times and laughter around her kitchen table. Those years and visits will remain in our hearts forever. Thanks for the memories Pat, your friendship through the years is truly special to us. May the "better" place where you reside be waiting for us to join you for more great times together. God's Blessings to you and all your loved ones.
Cliff & Jackie Rick, January 4, 2020