Lynnette A. Bennett


Smart, curious, cautious and determined best describe Lynnette as a child. Born June 29, 1976, to Celeste Perry (Garrett) and Bryant Houston. She would ask questions, but if you didn’t give a satisfactory answer, she’d try to figure it out on her own.

Growing up as an only child who always wanted a sibling, living in an apartment complex with an onsite swimming pool, nearby roller rink and drive-in theatre, provided ample playmates and helped foster that fierce independence many of us came to know. Even then she exhibited traits of loyalty and trust when fostering special friendships that continued throughout her lifetime.

Euclid High School introduced her to a variety of activities including Basketball, Flag Corp and Multicultural Club, in addition to continuing to play violin in the Orchestra. In 1994 Lynnette attended The Ohio State University where she thrived as the typical college student, making lifelong friends, holding down a few jobs and an occasional appearance on the Dean’s list. In 2000, she graduated with a Bachelor of Communication degree and went on to receive a Master’s in Human Resource Administration with a graduate certificate in Public Administration from Central Michigan University in 2008.

Spiritually, Starlight Missionary Baptist Church helped lay the foundation that led to her accepting Jesus Christ as her Savior, at an early age. Church provided plenty of youth activities, while Sunday School, Baptist Training Union, the Junior Usher Board and Church Nursery work, provided opportunities for ministry.

After graduating from Ohio State, Lynn returned home to Cleveland Ohio, but within a year an employment opportunity paved the way for her to come back to Columbus and become a permanent residence. This also left her needing a new church home which she found in the Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist church under the leadership of Bishop Donald J. Washington. Here, she continued to worship and participate in Women’s Ministry, the Reflections of Praise Dance Ministry, a few years teaching Vacation Bible School to 3–5 year old’s and for a while assisted with the Drill Team and Drama Club.

Family was always important to Lynnette. Reunions, vacations, holiday celebrations, Sunday dinners and game nights were often events she looked forward to. Living away from home cut back on these interactions but, “Sometimes family is not always through blood, but by choice”. In 2003, Lynn joined Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., where she held a number of local and regional offices, and participated in numerous community service efforts, for over 21 years. It was through this organization that she formed some of her closest friendships. These weren’t just friends, they became family. Sisters, if you will. It was relationships such as these from college, church and sorority that gave strength and support to Lynnette as she faced challenges through life and health.

Not only did Lynn find family in friendships, but she also met and in 2010 married Carence Bennett. If you ask, he’ll say she pursued him, but Lynnette would argue that it was the other way around. Either way, church is where they met, married and brought their two children Maya and Cam for family worship. She also gained an extended family of in-laws and many more relatives, whom she would come to love and they would love her. Carence was the love of her life. A friend and partner navigating parenthood together. Someone she could share her love of football with. Lynn was a die hard Browns fan and they both were nuts for the Buckeyes. As a mom, she loved to spend time with Maya and Cameron, taking them to the Fair, the Zoo, movies, playing games and supporting their academic, creative and sports activities.

Just as Lynnette’s family life grew, so did her work life. Progressing from working cases for Franklin County Job and Family Services, to training, to managing, then Director over Community Engagement and Support Services. Her motto was “If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready” and her passion was to help others develop so they too could accomplish their goals.

Lynnette was preceded in death by her father, Bryant Houston and leaves behind her husband, Carence; daughter, Maya; son, Cameron; mother, Celeste Garrett; brother, Lloyd (Chris) Garrett; sister, Briana Houston and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and loving friends.

Visitation 9:00am and Funeral 10:00am Saturday, May 18, 2024 at Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist Church, 2283 Sunbury Road.

Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Jill Story (JFS)

    My deepest condolences to the Family. My heart aches for her husband and her beloved children Maya & Cam. May you have peace knowing she is at peace. May God provide you all with strength during this difficult time and may he wrap his arms around you and protect you as you deal with your suffering.
    Lynnette was my boss for a few years here at JFS and if you knew Lynnette you knew that she did not play. For that reason alone, I liked her. I loved her feistiness and that “don’t play with me look”. May she rest in peace as her suffering is over.

  2. Althea Letang

    My deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Lynnette Bennett. I am still in shock and disbelief of the news of her passing. I will always remember Lynnette’s warm smile and her dedication to public service. She will truly be missed.

  3. Patrice A. Nicholson-Gibson

    Farewell my Beautiful God Daughter, you will always be in my prayers, heart and thoughts! To your Mom, Celeste Ann there are no words to express my feelings. To your beautiful family your husband and two children I send my deepest condolences and prayers. Rest well my Sweet Beautiful God Daughter!!

  4. Damika Withers

    My deepest, heartfelt condolences to Lynette’s friends and family. Lynette was always helpful, encouraging, and intentional during my tenure at Job and Family Services. I admired her leadership and care she always showed me. She will be greatly missed and her family continually in my prayers.

  5. My deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Lynnette Bennett. Lynnette’s warm smile and her dedication to public service will be remembered by all whose paths she crossed. Lynette will truly be missed but she is at rest with the Lord.

  6. Virginia A. Hollins

    My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mrs. Bennett. I had the privilege of being one of her colleagues. She was a great leader and person, she pushed me to do better and think better of myself, for that I am forever indebted to her. She will be truly missed. Rest well, no more pain no more suffering she is with the most high safe in his arms.

  7. Angela U. Tucker, MD

    My most sincere condolences to the family. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the services because I will be at memorial for my sister who passed away a couple of years ago. Know that you will be in my prayers.

  8. Preston & Tennille Cooley

    I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Lynnette in the Greek community within the D9 for several years as a fellow member of the NPHC Council. She will be greatly missed but I find comfort in knowing she is no longer suffering and in pain.

    May the Lord, our God, surround her family with peace and comfort during this time. May the Lord also give comfort to her sisters of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated and all of those whom she touched.

  9. Liliana & David Blyar

    A farewell that is much too soon. We delighted at A farewell that is much too soon. We delighted being at your wedding, the joyous news of the births of your beautiful children. We enjoyed our last visit this past summer, such joy watching Maya & Cam enjoy Florida.
    Carence, Cam & Maya, we will be here for you over the years to come.

  10. Stephanie Smith

    May God comfort and keep your family safe in His hands during this time of suffering. God please grant this family strength, comfort and healing and replace their sorrow with peace and love. You all are in my heart and prayers during this time of deep mourning.

  11. Sherry E Wesley

    Celeste, my heart pours out for you and your family.
    May God give you all peace, comfort and strength during this time and days to come.
    Always in my prayers.

  12. Octavia Cabine

    Rest easy Lynette my prayers are with your family at this time of loss

  13. Shavonda Green

    Lynnette was such a beautiful woman inside and out! Such a true leader and motivator. I’m so grateful I was able to connect with her and she will forever be in my heart. Sending my condolences to her family and loved ones. I am praying for you all. Love you always Lynnette ❤️

  14. Gabrielle Wonnell

    I was so sorry to hear of Lynnette’s passing. May good memories of her buoy you up during this difficult time. Prayers for peace are with her family in this time of loss and sorrow. ️

  15. Melissa Favors, Felicia and Sir

    No words can express how much our heart breaks for you and your family during this difficult time. May the memory of your beautiful and sweet beloved live on forever in your heart, bringing peace and comfort to your soul. ❤️

  16. The Middleton Family

    We are praying for your family during this difficult time. May God lift you up and bring you strength and peace.

  17. Deniesha Newby

    Sending my prayers for comfort during this difficult time.

  18. Carence, Bob and I send our love and support. Praying for Gods Peace to comfort and surround you all.

  19. Cynthia Roberson

    Truly we were sadden to hear of the passing of Lynette. We didn’t know her up close but she always offered a smile as we passed in the hallways at Northland. Our prayers goes out to our family especially her small children. May the Lord keep you all.

  20. Lynnette was so beautiful, humble, strong, and a natural leader. I respected her so much and we had lots of laughs at JFS. Always an open door for me. She stayed true to herself. Praying for her family. I am so very very sorry for your loss. Hold on to good times. With love and respect, rest easy Lynette.

  21. Bridjette Hairston

    My sincere condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Lynnette. Lynnette was a beautiful person inside and out. I am heartbroken to learn of her passing. She was always caring, smiling and willing to help when we worked together at JFS. Her impact on my life will never be forgotten and I will continually be praying for the family. She is deeply loved and missed.

  22. Lynnette was a wonderful person and a great co-worker. She brightened up my day anytime we worked together. My deepest condolences for her family. She will be missed.

  23. Christy hentschel

    I am so sorry to hear of Lynette’s passing and I send my deepest condolences to all of her family and especially to her children. Her dedication to the people of Franklin County was undeniable and I was lucky to have worked with her. Sending prayers for all of you.


    To the family of Lynnette,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I am a co-worker of hers and I just wanted to let you all that I will be praying for all of you that God will comfort your hearts and continue to strengthen and hold you all together.

  25. The Frazier Family

    Sending our prayers, love and deepest sympathy during this extremely difficult time. To Carence, Maya and Cam- our hearts break for you. Please remember we are here for you and your family, whatever you may need.

  26. Betty Hawkins

    May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time.

  27. The Hall Family

    Our Hearts go out to you for your loss. Lean on the Lord for strength. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Brandon, Tricia, and Orion Hall

  28. Phillimenia Parsley

    God took an angel and put wings on her. My prayers are with the family. She was a kind and nice person. She will be missed.

  29. May you know that God is by your side and may you feel his deep tender love with you every moment of everyday. Ms. Lynette was a strong beautiful leader. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to work in the Director Office with her. She truly will be missed. Your thoughts are in my prayers. Just know the peace of God , which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds.

  30. Demetreal Manzie

    My deepest sympathy is with Lynnette family and friend during this difficult time

  31. April Patterson and Joshua Myers

    My condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Lynette. She was such a great person. She will be missed. May She rest in peace.

  32. BPS Technologies

    On behalf of BPS Technologies, we would like to send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Lynnette, her family, and friends! Lynnette was always a bright shining light through our interactions. She was very thorough in her approach and was an extremely salient part to our partnership’s success! This speaks volumes to her resiliency and commitment to getting the job done, because our time spent has been within the last year!! Rest well, Lynnette!

  33. Satasha Jorda

    My heartfelt condolences go out to Bennett family on the passing of Mrs. Lynnette Bennett.

    As a colleague, I had the privilege of working closely with Lynnette at Franklin County Job and Family Services. Lynnette was a remarkable individual, embodying the true essence of a servant leader. Her unwavering drive, boundless compassion, and unwavering dedication permeated not only her work but also her personal life, inspiring all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

    Lynnette’s impact was immeasurable; she poured her heart into helping and mentoring countless individuals. Her intelligence, kindness, and infectious smile could light up any room she walked into. We will undoubtedly miss her presence dearly, but we take solace in knowing that she is now free from suffering and pain, resting in the loving embrace of the Lord. I firmly believe that God has welcomed her with open arms, proclaiming, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

    In these trying times, I pray that the Bennett family and all those who held Lynette dear find solace in God’s love and guidance. May His blessings be upon you, offering strength and comfort during these coming days, weeks, and months. Cherish the precious moments and memories you shared with Lynnette and find reassurance in the promise of Revelation 21:4, where God promises “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

    Please accept my sincere sympathy, and may you find peace and healing in the support of one another and the infinite love of our Creator.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Sasha Jordan

  34. Charles Eddie Diggs

    To the family of Lynette Bennett’s family, friends, and colleagues my deepest condolences. I have known Lynn for 20 years. She was a dedicated wife, mother, and friend. You will be severely missed. To her husband and children, you are in my prayers. The years will be tough, but know that Christ is there for your strength and Endurance. Jesus Loves you and so do I!!

  35. Dea. Ivory and Geraldine Martin

    Sending love, prayers and condolences to the Bennett family. We attended church with her and her mom Celeste in East Cleveland. The news of her passing has been very hard, but we are grateful she’s at home with the Lord. Rest well beautiful lady.

    • The Johnson Family

      We are praying for Lynn’s family and all who loved her. This world is a little dimmer without her light. Praying for your comfort as you begin the journey of grief. May GOD give you the strength to endure. Take your rest beautiful, you hurt no more!

      With love,
      Clayton, LaTonya & Elijah

  36. Sending our condolences and prayers to our dear cousin and her family.

    Love the Kemp family.

  37. Sending my love and condolences to Lynette ‘s Husband and her Beautiful children.I was so hurt to hear of her passing on Tuesday.I was her hair stylist for some years from Dana and Bev..,she had a beautiful soul inside and out and loved her family dearly.Im praying for you all’s strength at this difficult time .I’ll miss you❤️

  38. Sis Donna Shepherd

    Bro Carence and Family, You have my deepest sympathy. I was saddened to hear about the passing of Sis Lynette. She was a very nice person and enjoyed her ministry, which was dancing at our Church. She will be miss at Mt Hermon. May the Lord comfort each of you during this time of sorrow. God Bless!!

  39. Prayers and deepest condolences to the family of Lynette “Cups” Bennett. God bless and keep you all during this difficult time.

  40. Ellie & Chris Chalko

    Our condolences to all of Lynnette’s family and friends.

  41. Bryan Winbush

    Prayers to the family and friends of Lynette Bennett. As a colleague at Franklin County, I always appreciated her smiling face. She was full of energy and on the go. She will be missed.

  42. Juliet Samuel

    My deepest condolences to the family for the lost of a beloved wife and mother. I know she will be greatly missed. Just hold on to God,s unchanging hand and he will comfort you in times of sorrow and sadness.

  43. Sending love, prayers and condolences to the Bennett family. Many prayers sent up and to the family

  44. Anson, Dyonna, and Jamison Smith

    Our deepest sympathies. Praying for Lynette’s husband and children.

  45. The Winkfield Family

    Our deepest condolences to the Family. May you find the peace and strength during these difficult times.

  46. Eddie and Jana Filhart

    We are so sorry for your loss. We were blessed to have met Lynette. Please let us know if we can help in any way. God bless.

    Gus Filhart and Family

  47. I would like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of Lynette. I met Lynette at JFS. She was always smiling and very pleasant. It was an honor to work with her.

  48. Michael Spikes

    Man sorry Mr Bennett may God continue to bless u and fam I got the opportunity to meet u both and coach yur son may God keep his angels around fam at this time put him first

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