Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Barbara Bennet Hancock Hart of Redding, formerly of Westport, died Oct. 7. She was 85.
A resident of Fairfield County for most of her life, she was born in Stamford on Dec. 5, 1931, the daughter of Robert Hadley and Alice Braislin Bennet.
She was raised in Darien, where she rode horses and was a champion sailor at Noroton Yacht Club. She was a proud alumna of New Canaan Country School, the Thomas School for Girls (now King School), and Wells College (’54), where she majored in economics and was the founder and president of the sailing club.
As a young wife and mother, she moved several times before settling in Westport, where she was a member of New Neighbors, and a charter member of its subsequent spin-off, the Gourmet Club; the Westport Woman’s Club, where she chaired the Yankee Craft Fair for several years; and Y’s Women.
In addition to holding jobs in finance, she was an active volunteer—as a Girl Scout leader and trainer; as PTA president; with the Junior League, where she served as an officer and a wetlands guide; and at her beloved Christ & Holy Trinity Church, where she was a member of the Altar Guild and led the making of palm crosses every year until her death.
She was predeceased by husbands Reginald F. Hancock, Jr. in 1978 and William J. Hart, Jr. in 2014.
She is survived by her brother, David S. Bennet (Naomi) of Aptos, California; two daughters—Priscilla Hancock (Kenneth Dougherty) of New York City and Pamela Hancock Kinsey (the Reverend Kevin) of Fort Fairfield, Maine; five step-children—Elizabeth Menikheim and Angela Katherine Hart, both of Linthicum, Maryland, W. James Hart, III (Jeanne) of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Margaret Hart Rynshall (Paul) of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, and Mary Ellen Hart Campbell of Wilton; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous friends and loved ones, all of whom will remember her kind and loving spirit.
Calling hours will take place on Friday, Oct. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the chapel at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane, Westport. Friends are invited to attend the funeral, also at Christ & Holy Trinity, on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m., with a reception immediately following. Interment will be at the Christ & Holy Trinity Cemetery, Kings Highway, Westport.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wells Fund, Wells College, 170 Main St., Aurora, NY, 13026 or to Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane, Westport, CT, 06880.
Condolences for the family may be left on line at http://www.hardingfuneral.com.
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