Alyce Lorine Bennett
August 20, 1922 – March 13, 2023
Preceded by husband, Albert Edwin Bennett. Survived by daughter Daralee Beltz (William); sons, Ronald Bennett (Myriam) and Dallas Bennett; 5 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren.
VISITATION: Thursday, March 23rd, 9:30am, with 10:30am SERVICE at West Center Chapel. To view a live broadcast of the service, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page. Interment: Westlawn Hillcrest.
Memorials will be directed by the family.
Alyce L. Bennett, 100, of Omaha, passed away March 13, 2023, at Aviva Woodlands in Lincoln, where she received compassionate care during the last four years of her journey with Alzheimer’s. Alyce was born August 20, 1922, to Lorins and Myrtle Glynn Friis, and graduated from Omaha Tech High School. She adored her parents, brother, and sister, and loved telling stories about her childhood.
She married the love of her life, A.E. (Ed) Bennett, in 1947. They had three children who grew up in a home filled with music. Ed was a popular musician who played the Hammond organ on Saturday nights at many clubs, restaurants, and dance halls in Omaha, occasionally at Rosenblatt Stadium, and every single evening at home. She loved dancing with him when others provided the music. They enjoyed entertaining at home, and Alyce loved to decorate the house for every holiday, especially Christmas. Alyce was a loving mother and grandmother. She was also an accomplished businesswoman. She worked by Ed’s side at his wholesale company, Plumb Supply, as an advertising and credit manager. She created and printed their catalog, and was very successful at maximizing business relationships. She also hosted annual parties for suppliers and customers and turned the office into a Christmas wonderland every year with a unique and different color scheme. They treasured their time working and playing together until his illness and untimely death in 1976.
At the age of 51, she discovered her talent for oil painting. She took lessons from an Italian artist for many years and learned techniques for painting landscapes, animals, people, and abstract art. She was quite prolific and sold many of her works, and gifted many more to family and friends. She continued to paint well into her 80s when she, unfortunately, lost her eyesight. It gave her joy to know that others were proud to display her artwork.
Alyce was preceded in death by her parents; aunts and uncles; brother Richard Friis; sister Mary (Milton) Dye; husband Ed Bennett; daughter-in-law Lisa Bennett; and beloved companion Bill Peetz.
She is mourned by her loving family: daughter, Daralee (William) Beltz of Lincoln; grandson, Michael Beltz; great-grandchildren, Kiara (fiance Michael Wilson) and Zane Beltz; son, Ron (Myriam) Bennett of Cooper City FL; granddaughter, Valeree (Bo) Landy; great-grandchildren, Julia and Alyssa Landy; grandson, Aaron (Audra) Bennett; great-grandson, Ethan; granddaughter, Aimee Bennett; son, Dallas Bennett of Palm Bay FL; granddaughter, Stacy Meriwether; great-grandchildren, Aiden and Dalysa.