MARCIA ANN (HALT) BENNETT

Marcia Ann (Halt) Bennett, 68 of Three Rivers, passed on Saturday, March 7, 2020 due to ovarian cancer.

Marcy was born on June 25, 1951 in Niles, Mich. to Theresa and Homer Halt of Berrien Springs, Mich. Marcy was educated (K-12) in Berrien Springs, graduating in 1969, subsequently graduating from Lake Michigan College with an AA in General Studies in 1971, Olivet College with a BA in Secondary Education: Speech/Theatre and Mass Communications in 1976, and Indiana University with a MS in Secondary Education: Theatre in 1979.

In June of 1974, Marcy married her high school sweetheart Pete Bennett. She is survived by Pete, their daughter Rachel Bennett (Joey) Wood; grandson Carter Joseph Wood, 5, granddaughter Eleanor Rachel Wood, 8 months—all of Portage, Mich.; her brother, Marc Halt, of Berrien Springs, Mich., and a large cast of generations of cousins, nieces, nephews, students, fellow cast members, in-laws, outlaws and friends.

Beginning at age 15, the remaining stages of Marcy’s life, except that of grandma, were also played out on stages, at least eight of them. Marcy was involved in at least 70 theatrical productions as either cast member, director, or both. Trained as a theatre educator, her career was that of entertainer, director, set designer, set builder, costume maker, lighting and sound designer, and choreographer. Those who worked with her did just that, not working for her but with her for the production and the anticipated and appreciated audience.

Marcy also enjoyed playing the roles of an electrician, carpenter, barber, seamstress, and general contractor, while often playing the role of the plumber reluctantly. She referred to herself as a “Jack of all trades, master of none.”

At the end of her life, Marcy chose to return to the role of educator, this time by donating her body to the WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine, where her remains serve as tools to educate future doctors.

A celebration of Marcy’s stages of life, stages before audiences, roles and joys will take place on July 19, 2020, at 2 p.m. in the Three Rivers Middle School Auditorium on Jefferson Avenue in Three Rivers, one of the many stages she graced in productions spanning 50 years.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Marcy’s favorite charities, which will be posted at the memorial program.

Marcy was preceded in death by her parents.

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