Venicia Lee Woodard Johnson Bennett was born on December 28, 1930 to Commie Woodard and
Myrtle Lee Burns Woodard in Oakwood, Texas. She attended school outside of Freestone County and
was named high school valedictorian of her class. Venecia had a sister, Gertha Mae Woddard Davis who
preceded her in death in 1963. She married the first time to John Johnson Jr. AKA Big John in 1947. He
preceded her in death in 2005. Venecia and John moved to Santa Ana, California in 1953 and to this
marriage they had 11 children. Venecia married a second time to Robert Bennett AKA Mr. Benny in
2000. He preceded her in death in 2011.
Venecia leaves to mourn daughters Beverly, Donna, Roselyn, Daphne and Kecia, sons Ricki, Tony and
Jarvis; niece Bertha Mae Davis; grandsons Kyle, Mark, Timothy, Jared, Tylan, Antwaine, Jordan,
Lawrence and Adam; granddaughters Erica, Shree, Tylean, Vanessa, Alicia, and Jessica; fifteen great-
grandchildren; son-in-laws Joe Rae McBoth, James Hall and Mike Becker. She also leaves a host of
relatives in Texas; David Woodard, Clifton Lewis, Gail Buchanan, Paula Woodard, Isaac Durham, Cluade
Palmer and many more.
Everyone in Santa Ana knew and liked Venecia, from the children that she crossed in the crosswalk, to
all of her friends to the employees at City Hall, they knew Mrs. Johnson.
Venecia was a proud woman and smart too. With eleven children to raise, she was all about education
and making something of ourselves. What a great cook and baker she was. Mama always had pots and
pans jumping on the stove and oven. Oh the cakes and pies and cobblers, you name it and she could
make it, chili so hot you would have to drink a gallon of water to cool down. Mama would have parties
all the time, laughing, dancing, Oh, dancing was her thing, she was great at it. One of her favorite things
to do was driving her 1964 Ford Mustang 2 door pearl white with a blue hard top driving 100 miles an
hour, laugh, laugh, she loved that car. Another one of her favorite things was going to her family reunion
in September in Texas. She loved her cousin Alice and Aunt Utie, Mama would say Alice was like a sister
Later on in life Venecia and her daughter Beverly opened Venecia Escrow, a real estate company named
after her, she never really worked just collected her paycheck. Venecia loved all types of music
especially blues. Just before she passed she had her TV on the blues channel 24/7 singing, clapping her
hands, just in her own world. Venecia always had something funny to say, always smiling and we will
miss that very much.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 5-7 PM
Graveside service will be on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 11 AM in Riverside National Cemetery.
Arrangements Entrusted To The Care of Akes Family Funeral Home, Riverside, California
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