Johnie Taylor Bennett, Actress, Dancer, Singer, Teacher and Loving Mother and Grandmother passed away on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at the age of 60. Johnie was well known for her vibrant personality, love of family and friends, and extreme motivation to help children learn and grow through creative thought and expression. Johnie is survived by son Richard Moses and his wife Beth of Castaic, CA; son Tarrant Moses and his wife Nancy of Playa del Rey, CA; and grandchildren Emily, Hannah, Gavin, Axel and Ethan. A Beach Memorial will be held at Torrance Beach, Torrance, CA 90277 on Sunday October 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm. Beach parking is located off Paseo De La Playa The family has asked that donations be made to the Johnie Bennett Fund, Adopt a Student Program through Ascension Catholic School (Checks can be made out to "Ascension School—Johnie Bennett Fund" and sent to 500 W. 111th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90044) or pick a flower in her honor- she would have loved both.

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  1. I met Johnie
    through a mutual acquaintance when Johnie needed help with a writing
    assignment. On that fateful day, we recognized a soul connection – a kinship that picked up, from where it left off, many lifetimes ago. Her
    enthusiasm and passion about educating young children was infectious and one of
    the cornerstones of our alliance throughout the years was making sure her voice
    could be heard.

    On the surface,
    Johnie appeared zany at times €“ however, she also had a strong warrior spirit
    and this strength shone through during her long fight with cancer. To those who
    have never had this disease, you cannot imagine how frightening the demons are,
    how they take over your life, your every thought, your every action. There is
    no respite within the mind; it is constantly on overdrive. Yet she wanted
    everyone to continue on with their lives and many times was more concerned with
    how we were doing and if we were happy.

    It was during one
    of my recent visits I could see her exhaustion. Johnie used to always say €œyou
    really know how to interpret what is in my brain€ and she had one final writing
    request€€please write something for my sons from me€. I couldn€™t have been more

    Dearest Rick and

    As a mom I€™ve tried
    to teach many good things €“ work hard and play hard €“ how to remain positive
    through life€™s biggest challenges €“ the importance of family and always treat
    others kindly. You have not disappointed.

    I am enormously
    proud of two young men who have grown into people I admire, respect and have
    been privileged to share this incredible journey with.

    As every other mother
    out there, over the years my kids had the extraordinary quality of teaching me a
    few things too €“ to let things go – be fearless and rediscover that innate
    sense of curiosity and wonderful energy that often diminishes with adulthood.

    I favorably recall
    SO MANY happy incidents €“ the common thread being each one of those days was the
    BEST day ever – more was coming – each experience had something to offer €“ and
    every minute matters.

    So Rick and Tarrant thank you for doing everything
    you could to remind me that you love me every bit as much as I love you. And thank you for forging strong, loving, and
    respectful relationships with your wives.

    To Beth and Nancy, thank for your
    patience, help and unconditional love. For you I have the highest praise. I
    don€™t leave empty, rather comforted how you demonstrate to my sons and all the
    grandbabies that being kind and generous is the best way to express your love
    for each other – I couldn€™t have asked for a better family.

    As you all are discovering – with parenthood you never
    retire. To quote Robin Williams, €œdeath is only nature€™s way of saying €“ €˜your
    table is ready€™. So, as I take on my new role as your guardian angel, just
    know that I€™m there with all of you:

    — to
    help make possible the dreams in your hearts– to celebrate the milestones– and ease the curves life throws you


    Love Mom.

  2. What great times Johnie and I had together in our heyday. The world has lost a vibrant soul who loved life and made others love it just because she was there and fun to be with and always looking for the positive in everything. I will miss her tremendously but know we will find each other again just as we did in this lifetime.
    Lynn McCargo

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