Mary Wendell Bennett


Mary Wendell “Wendy” Bennett (née Dailey) of Manhasset and Jacksonville Beach, FL passed away on Dec. 2, 2018, at the age of 73.
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Wendy’s warmth, kindness and love made an indelible mark on everyone she met. Wendy is survived by her devoted husband, Richard; her children, Richard (Bridget), Christina, Patrick (Meghan), and Conor; her grandchildren, Jack and Vivienne; her siblings, Ellen, Vincent (Lisa), Lawrence, and David; and countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She is pre-deceased by her parents, William and Doris Dailey; and her brother, William (Alice).
Wendy is an alumna of St. Mary’s High School (’63) in Manhasset, where she served as class president, and Manhattanville College (’67) in Purchase, NY where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in government. She went on to have a successful career as a Wall Street executive and was one of the first females to earn the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst in 1974.
She retired from the financial industry to focus on her true passions, raising her four children and community service, particularly helping children. She served as President of Manhasset Middle School, on the Board of the Manhasset Community Fund and on the Executive Committee of the SCA, where she spearheaded rewriting the bylaws and championed the town’s first anti-bullying program.
A faithful Catholic, she lived her life under the doctrine of “love one another as I have loved you” and brought joy wherever she went. This is most evident in her profound relationships with her family and large circle of life-long friends. Hers is a loss that will be felt by all who had the privilege of knowing and loving her.
Vigil for Wendy was held Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Fairchild Sons Funeral Chapel in Manhasset. The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Dec. 7, 2018 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Manhasset.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the IBC Network Foundation, an organization that Wendy worked with and passionately believed in. Donations in her honor can be made at

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.


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