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Tina Jette Bennett

January 11, 1939 - January 25, 2021

On January 25, 2021, Tina Jette Bennett left this world to join her beloved husband Lee F. Bennett. 
Tina was born on Jan 11, 1939 in Randers, Denmark to Esther and Knut Mortensen. As a young girl, she became one of the very few females to be accepted as a silversmith’s apprentice. Later, wanting to see the world, she left Denmark and traveled to the far reaches of the globe with her sister Lea. Tina always took the path less traveled and her love of travel eventually brought her to immigrate to the United States and began work for Seaboard World Airlines. During that time, she flew with many troops to and from Vietnam and took part in the Angolan Airlift in Africa. She had many more exciting adventures too numerous to mention.  After many years of seeing the world, she met Major Lee F. Bennett, USMC by a pool in San Diego, California. They married and had one child, Christina. Tina was a devoted wife and mother who always put family first.  After Lee’s death, Tina remained with Christina in the home they loved in West Salem. She and Christina took many trips together to Eastern Oregon, Denmark, California and the Oregon Coast as well as many other places. Tina was known throughout the neighborhood and West Salem as an avid, long distance walker. For many years, Tina used her knowledge of silver and a wide range of antiques to volunteer for her good friend Gloria’s store Aurora Antiques in Aurora, Oregon.  Tina’s fiery spirit and will was with her until the end. She will be deeply missed and never forgotten by all those who knew her. She leaves behind her daughter Christina L. Bennett, son in law Richard Armstrong, sister Lea Bell, brother Rud Mortensen, nieces Pia Ford and Liza Wessberg and nephews Charles Bell II and Bo Mortensen as well as her many friends who loved and adored her.  Her family and friends take comfort in knowing she has now been reunited with her soulmate Lee. A public viewing will take place from 2:00-4:00 pm on Monday, February 1st, 2021 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services at 605 Commercial Street SE, Salem, OR 97301.  A grave site service, also open to all, will be held at 11:00 AM,  Wednesday, February 3rd at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE Mount Scott Boulevard, Portland, OR 97086-6937

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You and your family are in my heart and mind. I am very lucky to have gotten to know your mom. Your mom was a beautiful woman in her personality, integrity, and actions and your mom was such a special lady. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.

I didnt know Tina except through stories that her daughter, Christina, shared with me. She sounded like a firecracker of a woman and I regret that I never had the opportunity to meet her. Condolences to all the family, especially to Christina, my heart goes out to you. This world has lost a real gem.

My heart is broken... this lady was the best mother in the world. Not only my mom, but my friend. I will forever grieve her loss. But I know she is with dad... I Love you mom...Like her favorite song from Vera Lynn... "We will meet again"...

Tina was such an amazing Lady. I always felt welcome in her home. She was like a second mom to me in high shcool. She will be missed.

One thing I forgot to add... Mom was a child during the German occupation of Denmark. They took over her Grandfathers farm which was located not far from the hub of the Danish resistance. So many stories... Such an amazing life...

My sincere condolences to all family and friends. Christina, what a wonderful woman was your mother, I can see why you are such a lovely woman yourself. Lots of love Susana & Rob from Ireland

I remember first meeting Tina when my Uncle Lee brought her to Michigan to meet the family.  My first impression was that my Uncle Lee had, indeed, found his soulmate!  I just loved Tina. She was gracious, outgoing, funny, and beautiful, inside and out.  

Even though we lived miles apart through the years, Tina still made time to call and see how her “Michigan family” was doing and commiserate about the Detroit Lions!

Tina is gone, but we are happy to know she is with the love of her life, my dear Uncle Lee.


My heart breaks for you Christina!  Your mom, though I never met her, seemed to be an AMAZING woman!  Praying for you.  BG

My deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Brian M. Follbaum

Oh Tina i will miss you forever. I met you in 1975 when we were both fight attendants together in New york, and we both became roommates. We went all over Europe together and even lived in Africa for 2 months doing the angola relief program. We have been through so many things together, marriage, having our children, and even the death of Lee. We shared so many memories through the years, and we were still best of friends til the day you left us. I miss our Late Night Calls, and I'll send all my love to Christina and family.

“What was once enjoyed and deeply loved,
 we can never lose,
For all that we love deeply,
 becomes part of us”
                                     I. Keller
I know you miss your Mom; you are blessed for having each other


Our family is deeply saddened by the loss of our Aunt Tina. Although we were miles apart, we had a close relationship via visits & phone calls. There will be many fond memories embedded in our minds & hearts. We take comfort in those & that she has joined Uncle Lee at last.
Bob & Pam Handley & Family 


I too flew with Tina we had a great time together especially in Tokyo. She would grin while taking out her umbrella like swizzle stick and stir her champagne.  We would call each other on our birthdays. We shared a lot of laughs I shall miss her.  Thinking you Christina