Detroit Council Member Mary Sheffield releases Statement on the Life of Delores Bennett

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DETROIT, MI – On February 6th, 2017, another angel received their wings as we loss a saint and true champion for the people in Ms. Delores Bennett.

Her life was a vessel by which life was injected into individuals, neighborhoods, the City of Detroit and generations to come. Her 55 year body of work through the North End Youth Improvement Council and its Adopt-a-child program was awe-inspiring and has transformed the lives of both the beneficiaries of the program as well as the volunteers.

As a former Wayne County Commissioner, Delores Bennett was the standard bearer of what it means to be an elected official and public servant. Her dedication and commitment to those she loved, and she loved everyone, was unparalleled and abundantly clear with every breathe she took. Delores Bennett is a Detroit Icon and the City is measurably and unequivocally a better place because of her life and work. My heart may be heavy but my soul is energized with the desire to carry on her legacy and aspirations of delivering the level of service Ms. Bennett did for over five decades.

I was blessed to have known and worked with Delores Bennett who has left indelible mark on me, District 5, the City of Detroit, and society in general. At the last District 5 event she attended, she said “I am no ways tired” and urged us all to get to work and improve our community. On that day, Ms. Bennett who was a devote Christian, also said “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” which reminded me to stay focus on doing God’s will.

In recognition and memoriam of Delores Bennett’s life, I have asked City Council’s Legislative Policy Division to draft a resolution creating the “Delores Bennett Community Warrior Award” to honor future community leaders who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to community and longevity in service to others.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Bennett Family, and the many who viewed her as a mother figure, in their time of sorrow. She will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

– Detroit Council Member Mary Sheffield

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