Verna Bennett (nee Martin)

September 12, 1939 to September 30, 2021


Verna Bennett (nee Martin) age 82 of St. John’s, passed peacefully away, Thursday, September 30th, 2021.

Predeceased by her loving husband Frank, parents Blanche and William Martin, mother-in-law Mary Bennett, sister Joyce Snow, brothers Ambrose and Bill Martin.

Left with loving memories are her daughter Penny George, son-in-law Ken, grandson Colin, granddaughters Tiffanie George (Sean Bradley) and Ashley Crier,  great-grandchildren Samuel, Kaleb and Hudson Crier.

Verna is also survived by her best friend and sister, Rowena Sharpe,  sisters-in-law Nina Martin-Sheppard, Joan Crouse, Agatha Bannon, Donna Johnson (Jim), brothers-in-law Richard Bennett (Mary), Don Bennett, Ed Tricco as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends who are too numerous to mention but whom she loved dearly.

Visitation will take place at Carnell’s Funeral Home, Freshwater Rd on Sunday, October 3, 2021, from 10am-2pm and 4pm-9pm. Funeral service will be held on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 2pm from the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, with interment to take place at the Anglican Cemetery on Forest Rd.  Funeral service will be live streamed on the Cathedral’s website at

Flowers gratefully accepted or donations can be made to a charity of one’s choice.



10am-2pm on October 3, 2021

4pm-9pm on October 3, 2021

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Monday October 4th

Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Church Street, St. John's


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So very very sorry to hear of Verna’s passing. Such a sweet woman. May her soul rest in peace. Condolences to Verna’s Family & Friends,

Sending hugs to you all. I can picture her on the bleachers at the games when the boys were small. Penny you are an incredible daughter who ensured she was loved and cared for always. May all the funny and loving memories ease your lose in the time of healing ahead.

Verna thank you for all your smiles your hugs and for what you have done for so many unfortunate children, Heaven needs you but not as much as we do, When i first met you, your smile and your personality beamed as a beacon of what you felt in your heart for your children biological and foster, your friends and friends to your future, I was so thrown back by the love that everyone around you needed to give to you, I instantly became a follower <3 Verna there are so many words from so many people describing you since your passing, but let me use these words from when you always came to our TOPS meetings and always made you laugh out loud, as i helped you from you car, Hello Gorgeous Glad you could make it! <3
Verna you were born a diamond and i will always value your friendship ! until we meet again.. God Bless <3

We send our sincere condolences to Penny and all the family at this very difficult time. Please cherish all your wonderful memories. You are all in our prayers and thoughts.

My heart broke yesterday when I heard. That “Sis “ to many of us nieces and nephews ,in-laws and great nieces and nephews have grown up calling our Special Aunt had passed away.You could always count on her to be there to lend a helping hand or give you a big kiss and hug. Sis, had a way of making all of us feel special.
Penny,Ken and family we know your life will not be the same but treasure all of the wonderful memories and stories and know that Sis is never far away. When you look up into the sky and see that bright shining star know that Sis is smiling upon you.
Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Love Brenda and Fred

My condolences to you Penny and family at this very difficult time.

I will never forget you Aunt Verna(Sis) Rest easy, give Mom a big hug from me , until we meet again

Penny, Ken and family
Im so Sorry to hear of Vernas passing today. It was so unexpected. I offer my sincere condolences to you and your family.
Penny your mom was a special lady. I considered her as a friend. She was always appreciative of all that I did for her. She also said how glad she was to have you in her life and how she was grateful for all that you did for her. She loved you so much. Never forget that. I will surely miss her. Hugs and prayers.
Tracy Hibbs

A wonderful lady . From a wonderful Family . RIP. The Squires Family

Penny, Ken and extended family. Please accept our sincere condolences on your great loss. We had the absolute pleasure of meeting Verna during our visit to St. John’s in 2019. We so enjoyed her company, she was such a lady. We trust you will all find comfort at this difficult time. RIP dear Verna.

Condolences to the Bennett and Martin families as you morn the loss of your dear family member, Verna. She was a special lady, caring, kind, and a pleasure to be with on any occasion. She was a great friend to my late wife, Iris Bonnell,.They, and their TOPS friends had wonderful social gatherings and Verna was often the Star of the show. Those of us who knew Verna share your loss today.

Our sincere condolences to Penny and all the family. Thinking of you at this sad time

Marie & Randy Chafe

Our deepest condolences on your loss, Penny.

Verna was a very kind, caring, wonderful woman, never did I see her without and smile , and of course she always gave you a huge hug. She was genuine and treated everyone equal. So sad to hear of her passing. Heaven is a very happy place now with Verna there because once she entered a room it lit up with her gracious presence, her smile was contagious. Verna you were one in a million , rest easy and know you will never be forgotten. I enjoyed knowing you and and had the most enjoyable time working with you.

Rowena, so sorry to hear of Verna’s passing., we were just talking at bingo not long ago, both of you with you big smiles.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and her family.

My Deepest condolences to all.of Vernas Family, it has been many years since I have seen her,may your Treasured Memories hold dear to your hearts.

God Bless

I was so sorry to hear about Verna’s death. She was such a lovely lady. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Noreen Press

Penny, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You and your family have our deepest condolences. May your memories of her bring you comfort at this difficult time.

Sorry to hear of Vernas. Passing
She was. Such sweet lady condolences to the family

Sincere Condolences at this very difficult time, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. All God’s Blessings.
RIP Verna. 🙏

Penny and Ken, I am so sorry to hear of Verna’s passing. She was such a sweetheart. The first time I went through your door and met Verna, she greeted me with a huge smile and I knew from that moment on, we will become goods friends. Verna appreciated everything anyone did for her. I could tell she was a family person. She cherished her daughter and son-in-law, Penny and Ken. She spoke very highly of all her family. She will be sadly missed. Condolences to all Verna’s family. Another angel has gotten her wings. RIP Verna. Love you forever.

Family of the late Verna Bennett
Our sympathy and condolence at this time of great loss of your loved one Verna. “May her rest be in peace and her dwelling place be in the Paradise of God.”. Amen.
Our love to all and God’s blessing to comfort and sustain you now and always.
John and Cynthia Sharpe

Dear Penney and family, our deepest condolences on the loss of your Mom. We have many fond memories of her kindness and love.
Don, Brenda and Stephanie.

To Penny and family…Just wanted to send my condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Mom. I was shocked and saddened to hear about her passing as I wasn’t expecting it. Mrs. Bennett was a very kind, funny, loveable lady that I had the pleasure to get to know. We shared some laughs and conversations and I had the pleasure of meeting her sister and you to Penny. Stay strong and hold your beautiful memories close to your heart..💖💖

Sis truly was one of a kind. I’ll always remember going to bingo with her and Aunt Row whenever we’d come home in the summer, and playing cards whenever we were together. I remember cutting Sis and Uncle Frank’s lawn, so I could save up to buy a bike, and summer vacations when the whole Martin crowd came to visit us in NS. Sis was always good for laugh, or keeping me in line when I needed it. Trips back to NL will never be the same without being able to drop by to have a game of cards and a visit.

So sorry to hear of Verna’s passing. Our condolences to the Martin & Bennett families. Michele & Johnny Gosse

Sending condolences to you and your family. ❤️

Penny, Rowen, and family. So sorry to hear of Verna’s passing. I am sure up there having a game of cards with the crowd. My heart goes out to you all. Hugs.