|Birth: ||Oct. 28, 1927|
|Death: ||Jul. 18, 2011|
Ruth Irene French Benton, 83, of Kittanning, died Monday, July 18, 2011 in the Armstrong County Health Center.
She was born October 28, 1927 in Kellersburg, Pa, daughter of Raymond and Gladys (Mortimer) Painter.
Irene was a member of the Free Methodist Church of North Buffalo Township where she loved to sing.
Irene retired from the Armstrong County Health Center, Kittanning. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren, bowling, playing the organ, traveling and fishing.
Surviving are three sons, Harold (Donna) French of Kittanning, Richard French of Phoenix, AZ and Robert (Darlene) French of Griffin, GA, 4 daughters, Cathy Pierce of Panama, Penny (Paul) Raypush of Sarver, Deborah and her companion-Fred Fraser of Butler, Reba French of Ford City, one sister, Maxine Willison of Meadville, 17 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents, her 1st husband, Richard J. "Junior" French, her 2nd husband Paul Benton, two sisters, Enid Keth and Phyllis Ortz and two brothers, Edgar Painter and Norman Painter.
Friends will be welcomed on Tuesday, July 19, from 7-9 p.m. and on Wednesday, July 20, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the WELCH FUNERAL HOME, Ford City, where services will be held Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Wayne Sawyer officiating. Interment will follow in the Ford City Cemetery, Manor Township.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributations may be made to Three Rivers Hospice, 1195 Jack's Run Road, North Versailles, PA 15137 or the Free Methodist Church, 2339 Freeport Road, Kittanning, PA 16201
Kittanning Leader Times 7/19/2011
Richard Junior French (1925 - 1989)
Paul William Benton (1922 - 2007)*
Robert R French (1954 - 2015)*
Ford City Cemetery
Created by: Donna Butler Sheaffer
Record added: Jul 18, 2011
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