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Dorothy M. Colwell Benefield
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Birth: Aug. 11, 1926
Death: Mar. 5, 2008

Dorothy M. Benefield, 81, of Danville, passed away at 2:32 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at Hawthorne Inn in Danville.

Dorothy was born on Aug. 11, 1926, in Danville, the daughter of William and Oma (Keller) Colwell. She married Paul Samuel Benefield on July 30, 1947, at the Hooton Church in Danville. He preceded her in death on July 24, 1999.

She is survived by her daughter, Paula Jean (Dan) Whitaker of Danville; two sisters, Doretta Norgaar of Danville and Wilma Jean Shaffer of Michigan; one sister-in-law, Wathena Benefield of Lakeland, Fla.; four grandchildren, Daniel Beightler of North Carolina, Kelli Beightler of Charlotte, N.C., Carly Whitaker of Danville and Josh Whitaker of Los Angeles; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother, Gilford Colwell and two sisters, Waneta Farnum and Margaret Marana.

Dorothy graduated from Danville High School in 1945. After high school she attended Utterback Business College and later Danville Area Community College. She worked at GE for several years. In 1970 she went to work for District 118 as a librarian. She worked at Elmwood, Cannon and Douglas schools. She retired from District 118 in 1996. Dorothy always enjoyed helping people. She was a member of Second Church of Christ. Dorothy was always helping out with dinners at the church. She enjoyed reading, gardening and going to church. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren. Dorothy's family would like to thank the staff at Hawthorne Inn and Liberty Village for their kind and loving care of Dorothy over the past 8 years.

Published in Danville Commercial News 03/07/08 
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  Paul Simon Benefield (1915 - 1999)*
*Calculated relationship
Sunset Memorial Park
Vermilion County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Bob & Nancy Cannon
Record added: Mar 08, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25136470
Dorothy M. <i>Colwell</i> Benefield
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