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Cena Geneva Bible Benjamin

  • Birth 14 Feb 1919 Rothville, Chariton County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 18 Mar 2010 Ottawa, Franklin County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Colony, Anderson County, Kansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 50284505

Cena Geneva Bible Benjamin, 91, Ottawa, died Thursday, March 18, 2010. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at First Christian Church in Garnett. She was born Feb. 14, 1919, in Rothville, Mo., to Josiah Dent Bible and Alda Genella (Wolfe) Bible.

She grew up in Colony. She also lived in Kansas City, Mo.; San Diego, Calif.; Garnett; and later, Ottawa.

She graduated from Colony High School and attended Kansas State University, Emporia State University and Norman Feather School of Art.

She was the first female commercial artist hired at Western
Auto in Kansas City, Mo. She later worked at Consolidate Vaulte Corporation, later known as Convair, as a technical illustrator, on B-24 and PBY Aircraft Manuals.

After World War II, she moved to Garnett and operated dairy farms with her husband while maintaining her career as a freelance artist.

She was a members of Daughters of American Revolution. As an artist, she won the Vanderslice Schlorship awarded to her by Thomas Hart Benton for her painting "Freckles". She also received national recognition for her famous painting, "People Are Just No Damn Good." Her painting has been shown in all of the 48 continental United States.

She married Earl F. Benjamin Oct. 19, 1939, at Westport Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Mo. He preceded her in death Jan. 5, 1999.

She is also preceded in death by her parents, Josiah Dent and Alda Genella (Wolfe) Bible, three sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include a son, Dent Benjamin and his wife, Kathy, Ottawa; a daughter, Genell Benjamin, Lawrence; adopted daughter, Bobbi (Mattix) Richards, Garnett; and two grandsons, Russell Benjamin, Ottawa, and Dustin Benjamin, Lawrence.

Friends may pay their respects after 10 a.m. Monday at Dengel & Son Mortuary in Ottawa, where the family will meet with friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Burial will be at Colony Cemetery in Colony, Kansas.

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  • Created by: Thomas & Darlene
  • Added: 27 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 50284505
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cena Geneva Bible Benjamin (14 Feb 1919–18 Mar 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 50284505, citing Colony Cemetery, Colony, Anderson County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Thomas & Darlene (contributor 47024881) .