Dawn C. (Colburn) Bennett
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Newburyport, MA - Dawn Cecile (Colburn) Bennett, age 87, of Newburyport, Massachusetts, passed peacefully on Wednesday evening, August 28, 2019, in Newburyport, in the loving presence of her family.

Born in Bath, Maine, September 23, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Frank and M. Estelle (Hickson) Colburn. She was a graduate of Haverhill High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Bates College and her master's in Education from Harvard University.

A beloved Special Education teacher at the Bresnahan School in Newburyport, Dawn devoted herself to making a difference in the lives of children for over 30 years. She was presented with The Edward Molin Award for Teaching Excellence in 2001.

As an enthusiastic reader and writer, Dawn was a longtime member of the Friends of the Newburyport Public Library and was involved in several book groups in Newburyport and "Booked for Monday" in Haverhill. She attended monthly dinners with the beloved "ladies chat" friends and participated in the choir and a writer's memoir group based at the FRS Church.

Once she retired, she traveled with Senior Hostel to 11 different countries. Her favorite excursion was a hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti National Park in Africa. She also was a Docent for the John Greenleaf Whittier Home. She had season tickets to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Celtics, and the Huntington Theater. Her four children and three grandchildren kept her very busy with sports events, music and dance productions.

She is survived by two sons, Bill Bennett and wife Laurie of Wilmington, Mass., and Frank Bennett of Newbury; two daughters, Elizabeth Bennett and husband Rick Silveira of Ipswich, and Alison Bennett of Methuen; three grandchildren, Liam Bennett, Helia Silveira and Garrett Silveira; a sister, Elizabeth (Colburn) Hastings and husband William of Georgetown; and two nephews Rick Hastings of Newburyport and Chris Hastings of California; along with extended family and dear friends. She is predeceased by her former husband, William N. Bennett.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., at the First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist Church, 26 Pleasant Street, Newburyport. A reception at Michael's Harborside will follow from 12 to 3 p.m. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 304 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.
Published on September 16, 2019

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Sep 20, 2019
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Sep 18, 2019
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Sep 16, 2019
Lovely lady