Morrison “Jib” Bennett, born Gemma Mazelle Morrison, passed away in her home May 30.
Jib was born in Manhattan to Jualice (Bennett) and Alfred Morrison but some time later moved back to her mother’s home state of Georgia where she was raised, specifically in Hazlehurst with a short but memorable time on St. Simons Island.
Over the years, Jib wore many professional hats, including secretary, train dispatcher, house mother, oil field technician, writer/editor, landlord, and patent attorney.
However, what she truly sought and successfully lived was a rich life with few regrets. She traveled the world, was an avid reader, accomplished caver, and philanthropist. Jib spent decades fighting for human and civil rights across the country, with a special penchant for women’s rights. She was a ferocious collector who actively searched for treasures in others’ trash piles. Jib also began rescuing animals as a young child. Jib did things her own way, usually ahead of her time and certainly with a unique style.
Jib is survived by her good friend, Kris Frain, who was “like a daughter”; brother, Tony Simmons; aunt, Janet Hammon; and nieces and nephews: Pedro (Wanda) Morrison, John Morrison, Carrie Morrison, Richard (Trish) Morrison, Robert Morrison, April (Shane) McBroom, Ellie (Gary) Morrison, Phillip (Brandy) Morrison, Mary (Michael) Crowe, Happy Livingston, Lamar (Beverly) Farmer; and, last but not least, her loving friends from all over the United States.
Jib was predeceased by both parents, brothers, John Morrison and David Simmons, andher nephew, Archie Morrison.
Her Los Alamos friends will host a Celebration of Life at the Fuller Lodge July 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. Please bring a story to share, which will be truly cherished. If you are not able to attend and have a story to share, please email it to email@example.com. Rivera family funeral home will gladly collect and share any stories or pictures left on Jim’s memorial web page at www.reverafamilyfuneralhome.com