|Birth: ||Jun. 6, 1908|
|Death: ||May 4, 2008, USA|
Eunice was born, in Oklahoma to Walter Sloan Robinson and Annie Florence Williams Robinson. She was the third of their five children. At age 5, she and her family moved to Wetumka, Hughes County, Oklahoma where her father was sent to manage a lumberyard.
She grew up in Wetumka, graduating from Wetumka High School in 1926. She had been both valedictorian of her eighth grade class and her senior class, along with being senior class president and president of the high school international club. She then attended the College of Industrial Arts (today Texas Woman's University) in Denton, Texas and earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration in three years. Upon graduation, she went straight to work. she accepted a position as a teacher of commercial courses with Orange High School in the Fall of 1929. She remained as a teacher at the high school for eight years and was one of the founding members of the Theta Omega chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society for women educators.
In 1938, she left teaching and began employment as a secretary and accountant of Vinton Petroleum Company, whose headquarters were located among the business offices of H.J.L. Stark. On October 24, 1943, she married Charles H. Benckenstein, a widower, and a founder of the Vinton Petroleum Company. Their happy years together were cut short by his death on August 6, 1946.
Eunice went on working for the Vinton Petroleum Company until 1965 and was a Director in the last years of the company. Always vitally interested in education, she was a member of the Board of Trustees, Orange Independent School District from 1953 to 1961. She served 15 years on the Board of Directors of Girls Haven of Orange and loaned her rural property known as Benckwood to the YMCA for summer camps for Orange youth. She was one of the Founders and a Director of the Vidor State Bank from 1950 to 1960; First National City Bank of Orange, 1960-1990, and at Orange Savings Bank beginning in 1967. She chaired the budget committee and was a member of the board of the Orange Area United Way. She served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Trustees of the First United Methodist Church of Orange for more than two decades. She continued her employment in the Stark offices and was the driving force in the process of the restoring of the W. H. Stark house in the 1980's. She served as a Director/Officer of the Nelda C. and H.J.L. Stark Foundation Board from 1974-2006, then assumed director emeritus status.
Through the years she was recognized by the Orange community for her service, including the Pilot Club's Woman of the Year Award in 1955, designation as a life member of the YMCA in 1972, and being named Citizen of the Year by the Orange Chamber of Commerce in 1974. A tree dedicated to her grows on the grounds of the Orange Heritage House.
Eunice, known as Miz B, was survived by nieces: Eunice Robinson Aragon (Dr. Modesto) and Dr. Anita Cowan; nephews: Dr. Walt Robinson(Patsy) and Parkes Robinson; grandsons, Ellis Benckenstein (Marsha), Fred Benckenstein (Donatella), Len Benckenstein, Stan Pete Benckenstein (Janet), Stephen Benckenstein (Claire) and granddaughter, Margaret Benckenstein; three first cousins: R. A. Williams (Catherine), Frank Williams, Mary Frances Tillerson and many others in descending generations.
Walter Sloan Robinson (1878 - 1923)
Annie Florence Williams Robinson (1878 - 1959)
Created by: jrrmr910
Record added: May 06, 2008
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