Thea Bennett Tavener 83, died Thursday January 31, 2019. Following a long illness, Thea passed away at her family home on Center Street in Cayuga, with
her husband and children at her side.The daughter of the late Miles and Helen Cole Bennett, Thea was born in Athens, PA. on December 29, 1935.
She was a graduate of Auburn’s West High School, and together with her daughter Carol graduated from the Boces Nursing Program.
As a LPN she had worked at Taylor Brown Hospital in Waterloo, NY. A dedicated member of the Cayuga Methodist Church, she was involved with Bible
Study for over 50 years. Thea had a love of music, and sang with the Cayuga Chords, and served as the group’s director. She enjoyed camping,
Gardening, and both cooking and baking.
Thea is survived by her loving husband Donald Tavener, with whom she just celebrated 67 years of marriage on December 27, 2018, she is also
Survived by her three daughters Carol (Stephen) Colella, of South Carolina, Donna Pollard with Paul Weiler, of Cayuga, and Judy (Steven) Ellis of
Seneca Falls, a son Donald (Maureen) Tavener of Auburn, 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, a sister Nancy Cummings of Cayuga,
A brother Edward (Sandra) Bennett of Auburn.
Mrs. Tavener was predeceased by four brothers, Wells, Max, Miles, and an infant brother James Bennett.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, at 11 am in the Cayuga Methodist Church, Center St., Cayuga.
Friends are invited to call on the family Sunday from 2 pm to 5 pm at The White Chapel Funeral Home 197 South St. Auburn.
Contributions in memory of Mrs. Thea Tavener may be made to Hospice of The Finger lakes or, The Cayuga Methodist Church.