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Edna Earle Benton
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011

Edna Earle Johnson Benton died on August 16, 2011, at the age of 90 at her home in Mason, Texas. She was the youngest child of Nathaniel (Nace) J. Johnson and Cary Sophie Johnson, born on October 20th, 1920, on the family ranch in Menard County. She graduated from Sul Ross University and always held the area of Alpine, Fort Davis and the Davis Mountains in highest regard and made her latest trip there with her daughters for her 90th birthday in October 2010. After meeting some years earlier at a dance, she married Lawrence F. Benton in Menard on June 27, 1943, and began married life as a military spouse. As a military family they were stationed in several areas of the world, including Sherman, Tx, Wichita Falls, Tx, Guam, Atwater, California, Chateauroux, France, and Amarillo, Texas.Edna Earle was a teacher for most of her adult life. She taught in Eldorado, London and Amarillo, Texas, before retiring to Mason to be closer to her brothers and sisters. She was devoted to her students (who often kept in touch), friends from all over the world, her family and her church. She had a strong faith in God and believed that the best way to share that faith was through her actions in how she treated others and how she lived her life.She was known for her zest for life, incredible memory and love of domino games of 42 and 80! Edna Earle loved to get people together for games, homemade ice cream, watermelon, or just to visit. She loved to be involved and was a gracious host. She will be dearly missed and we will always remember her jubilation at having won an especially tricky hand of dominoes by trusting in her partners.She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Lawrence F. Benton in 2008, her parents, brothers James and Nathaniel Johnson, sisters Freddie and Doris Johnson and Cary Ben Hahn, her son Larry Benton, and sons in law Chuck Lamoreaux and Tim Stewart.She is survived by her daughters and their families: Tanya Lamoreaux of Mason, Myrtle and Tom Keefe of North Hollywood, California and Elaine Stewart of Fredericksburg; one sister, Theodora Johnson Matthews of McCamey, Texas, four grandchildren, Victor Lamoreaux, Austin Stewart, Kate Stewart and Mason Keefe and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.The family requests that donations be made in her memory to the Long Mountain County School or the Mason Blue Bonnet Study Club Scholarship Fund, c/o P.O. Box 937, Mason, TX 76856.Visitation with the family was from 4-6pm Friday, August 19 at Mason Funeral Home. Funeral services were Saturday at 2pm at the Mason Funeral Home chapel. A private interment followed the service.Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at masonfuneralhome.netFuneral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.

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