Kristine Bennett

Kristine Walker Bennett worked as a medical technologist for 30 years. However, in 2005, Kristine was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Before long, she was forced to retire. Rather than becoming a victim of the disease and accepting defeat, Kristine decided to compete in Mrs. Utah in 2011. Her campaign was “In Spite of Adversity, You Can Succeed.”

“I had a desire to let people know to not be discouraged. I wanted to be an inspiration to people. I didn’t expect to win, but I wanted to inspire others to try,” Kristine explains.

Kristine won Mrs. Congeniality and Judges’ Most Inspirational (an award the judges created just for her) as she demonstrated that anyone can overcome even the hardest of obstacles.

“I have had adversity. I wanted to give people hope. You can still have goals. You are still of value.”

Kristine and her husband Brent, who recently passed away, have twelve children, including two adopted sisters from Ukraine. From Kristine, we can all learn that no amount of adversity is too great to overcome.

Full Name: 
Kristine Walker Bennett
Grad Year: 
BS 1973
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