Published 11:03 am Wednesday, May 3, 2023

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It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing on May 1, 2023 of Margaret Bennett Gill, beloved wife, mother, sister, and grandmother. Born April 10, 1948, Margaret was 75 years old and passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.


Born in Picayune, Miss., Margaret graduated from Bogalusa High School, and spent many years working in administrative roles at Stennis Space Center. After retirement, Margaret devoted herself to her husband, family, and community. She absolutely adored crochet, and many an expecting or newlywed couple found themselves the lucky recipients of her beautiful creations. She freely shared her knowledge and designs with any who asked, and regularly made hats and blankets for charity groups.


Married for over 50 years, Margaret was a devoted wife and mother whose kind, loving, and giving heart set a beautiful and excellent example for her children and grandchildren. She could often be found cooking and delivering meals to those in need and visiting with sick members of the community who just wished for some company. Often, those she helped were complete strangers, but that did not matter to her.


Not once during her battle with cancer did Margaret complain; she remained cheerful and determined throughout the difficult process of treatment and hospice. Instead of worrying about herself, Margaret continued to be concerned for those around her, and she shared smiles and joy with everyone even as her illness advanced. Her family and friends were blessed to have her in their lives. The cancer may have ravaged her body, but her exquisite soul shone brightly until the very end.


Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Herman Dero Bennett and Lealer Carter Bennett, and her brother Cecil Dero Bennett. She is survived by her husband, Bro. Billy Gill, and her two children, Becky Bruce (Magnus) and William Gill (Macie). She also leaves behind three grandchildren, William Michael Gill, Baylor James Gill, and Eleanor Kate Gill, and two loving sisters, Nancy Bennett and O’Nell Bush.


At Margaret’s request, a service and graveside ceremony will be held at Lee’s Creek Baptist Church on Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lee’s Creek Baptist Church.


Mom, we love you.