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 Margaret Kathryn <I>Looney</I> Benton

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Margaret Kathryn Looney Benton

  • Birth 31 Jan 1948 Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
  • Death 27 Nov 2003 Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Lexington, Lexington County, South Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 29343048

Born in Columbia, she was the daughter of the late Floyd Stephen Looney and Lola Idell Bailey Looney. She was an accomplished poet, artist and writer, with works appearing in a Columbia College publication of recognized state talent. She was a 1966 graduate of Lexington High School and attended Brevard College, where she was active with the theatre group and played the lead in the theatre production of "The Bad Seed."

Upon her return from college she worked for the Dispatch News where she prepared original artwork for advertisements and initiated a regular column where she interviewed the man on the street called "I'll ask the Gentleman." She married into the military and traveled extensively with her growing family with residence in Oklahoma, North Carolina, California, Greece, Hawaii, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, finally retiring with her husband in Florida.

While raising her children she remained active with the church, various theatre groups and the PTA. She was in the process of writing a book on developing arts and crafts from everyday household items. Margaret loved her extended family and was likewise cherished by each of them.

She is survived by her husband, son, daughter, and brother. Mrs. Benton was predeceased by her brother, Stephen Looney.

[From Obituary: The State (Columbia, SC) - December 3, 2003]

Family Members



Beloved wife mother and sister
Talented writer artist and poet

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  • Created by: Ricky D.
  • Added: 26 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29343048
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret Kathryn Looney Benton (31 Jan 1948–27 Nov 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29343048, citing Lexington Memorial Cemetery, Lexington, Lexington County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Ricky D. (contributor 47033046) .