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 Catherine Emma <I>Fawcett</I> Benner

Catherine Emma Fawcett Benner

Birth
Bandera County, Texas, USA
Death 4 Nov 2007 (aged 89)
Boerne, Kendall County, Texas, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 115319033 · View Source
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CATHERINE EMMA FAWCETT (BENNER) was born to Leslie Clarence Fawcett and Estelle Virginia Bloys on March 7, 1918 in Bandera, Texas. Her mother returned to her childhood home for the birth of Catherine, although she lived in Bandera with her husband who taught school. The Fawcetts lived in a small frame house, a few blocks south of the Bandera school. Her Aunt Pearl Fawcett lived with them while she attended High School.
Catherine Fawcett accompanied her parents to Eagle Pass, Maverick County, Texas. Her father was a border guard for a few months (December 1918-June 1919).

They next lived in Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas (July 1919-August 1921). Her father taught school in Mountain Home and worked in his older brother Willis' furniture store on Water Street. They lived in a house rented from him. At the time of the 1920 census, they were visiting her uncle, Herbert D. Bloys, in Fort Davis (Jeff Davis County v. 102 ED 123, sheet 6, line 78).

In the late summer or early fall of 1921 she moved with her parents and baby brother, Leslie C. Fawcett, Jr., to their newly completed house at 428 Hammond Avenue in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. Her father and his younger brother Ralph, with the assistance of their brothers (W.A. and C.C. Fawcett), bought out Cut Rate Furniture (223 E. Commerce) to found a branch of the W.A. Fawcett Furniture by January 1922.

In 1924 Catherine started school at Highland Park Elementary, two blocks east from her house. She graduated from Brackenridge High School in May 1936.

Catherine Fawcett attended Southwest Texas Teachers College in San Marcos (1936-37). There she met August W. Benner, a member of the track team. On July 27, 1937 Catherine Fawcett married Gus Benner. They continued to live in San Marcos until he graduated in the summer of 1940. Next, they moved to D'Hanis where Gus taught public school and became a scoutmaster. He soon entered Scouting as a profession (1941-74). They went to Mendham, New Jersey for his training, and then lived in Selma, Alabama for 18 months, before moving to Dothan, Alabama. While there he was drafted into the Army. Catherine and her children stayed with her parents in San Antonio while Gus was in Europe during World War II. The Germans took him prisoner (1-4/1945). After leaving the POW camp and a brief hospital-stay in London, Gus was transferred to Brooke Hospital in San Antonio. After leaving the Army, the Benners lived in Fort Scott, Kansas (1945-46), Dallas, Texas (1947-54), Paris, Texas (1954-57), Lubbock, Texas (1957-65), Chicago, Illinois (1965-67), Japan (1967-68), Chicago (1968-69), Dallas, Texas (1969-74). Catherine worked as a librarian at Southern Methodist University, before Gus retired in 1974. They have lived in Boerne since 1977.

Catherine's obituary:

Catherine Joined her Lord and Savior on Sunday, November 4th, 2007. She was born on March 7, 1918 in Bandera, Texas to Leslie C. Fawcett, Sr. and Estelle Bloys Fawcett. She grow up in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Breckenridge High School in 1936. While attending Southwest State Teachers College in San Marcos, she met and married August (Gus) William Benner. Their married life spanned 67 years of love a service until his passing in 2004. She and Gus Moved to Boerne, Texas in 1977 upon his retirement from the Boy Scouts of America. Catherine enjoyed an active civic ans social life in Boerne. She served as a docent at the Boerne Historical Society, volunteered at the Family Services Thrift Shop and was a member of the Green Thumb Garden Club and the Boerne Reading Club. Her greatest joy, outside of her family, was gardening. She served as a ruling elder at the St. Marks Presbyterian Church, having been a member since 1976.

Catherine was preceded in death by a daughter, Virginia Pearl Shamburger, her husband Gus and brother, Leslie C. Fawcett, Jr. She is survived by a large, loving family including a son, A. William (Bill) Benner, Jr. and wife Julie of Temple, Texas, daughters Betty Jean Benner Hall and husband Ron of Gatesvill, Texas, Janice Kliewer and husband Terry of Katy, Texas, her brother Bill Fawcett of Boerne, Texas, eleven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial celebration will be held at St. Marks Presbyterian Church in Boerne, Texas on Wednesday, November 14th at 10 am. All who knew her were blessed by her love and care for others and the beauty of God's world. Memorials may be given to Habitat for Humanity, Daily Bread or St. Marks Presbyterian Church in Boerne. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Vaughan's Funeral Home of Boerne.

A History of the Fawcetts and Related Families in America
by William Bloys Fawcett.

Children not linked below:
Virginia Pearl Benner Shamburger

B: December 9, 1937 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX; Died: April 2, 1968 in Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX


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  • Created by: Terry Rasberry
  • Added: 12 Aug 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 115319033
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Catherine Emma Fawcett Benner (7 Mar 1918–4 Nov 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 115319033, ; Maintained by Terry Rasberry (contributor 46963020) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.