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Rockford woman, 104, honored

February 7, 2014

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A Rockford woman will receive a special visit from Illinois Sen. Steve Stadelman (D) in honor of her 104th birthday

Stadelman will present Hilma Bennett with a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois Senate at her Rockford home Friday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m.

The former Hilma Crawford was born Feb. 8, 1910 in Minnesota, where she also attended nursing school. She came to Rockford in 1936 to work as the assistant to the chief physician at Rockford’s tuberculosis sanitarium, which is now the site of the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Rockford.
Hilma left her job in 1958 to marry Orivelle Bennett. He died in 1972.
Bennett reads the Wall Street Journal every day and uses a computer to e-mail several nieces. She will be celebrating her birthday quietly Saturday with her step-grandson, Dale Johnson, of Rockford.
Posted Feb. 7, 2014

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