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Patricia L. Benton
Patricia L. Benton, 77, of Streator passed away Friday, September 17, 2021 at O.S.F. St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. Private family burial will take place at Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Macomb.
Born October 3, 1943 in Sterling she was the daughter of Robert and Mildred (Jefferson) Wilson. She married Harold J. Benton on November 27, 1968 in Kewanee. He preceded her in death on February 10, 2014.
She is survived by sons, Christopher (Pam) Benton of Dalzell, South Carolina, Dwayne (Brooke) Benton of Ft. Worth, Texas and Harold E. “Ed” (Nancy) Benton of Streator;10 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sisters, Joyce Fentem of East Moline and Gloria (Marvin) Utsinger of Rochester; and a brother, Garold (Delores) Wilson of Urbandale, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a step-son, John Benton.
Born in Sterling she was raised in the Macomb area on the family farm. She attended Western High School in Macomb and later graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
She taught school for 4 years and then took time off to raise her family. In that time Pat drove a school bus for many years. She later went back to school and earned and Associates Degree in Nursing from Illinois Valley Community College. She worked for St. Mary’s Hospital as a Nurse’s Aide and later a Registered Nurse for 20 years.
She was a member of Grand Ridge United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church for many years. She played the organ for her churches and taught Sunday School for many years for Hope United Methodist Church.
Pat was a master at organizing “pot lucks” at work which earned her the nickname Pot Luck Pat. She will be dearly missed by her loving family and friends.
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So sorry to hear of Pats passing. I worked at St.Mary's also.
My sympathy to her family.
Flo Bulthuis Oct 11 2021 6:13 PM
I am so very sorry to hear of Pat's passing. I have Many many fun memories from my years in Streator.
RIP Pat. My sincere sympathies to her family.
Carol Johnson Oct 1 2021 1:49 PM
To the family,
I am so sorry to learn of Pat's passing. We first became acquainted when I moved to Streator in 1979 and we remembered each other from WIU. We got to know one another and she drove the bus that Brian rode on for several years. Brian and Eddie became friends, so we continued to see one another at various activities. I now live in the Kansas City area and regret not being able to be there to pay my resects in person the family of this great friend. Please know that I will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers as you adjust to life without this wonderful lady.
Larry Sebby Sep 24 2021 5:56 PM
She was the most wonderful woman and I am proud to be able to have called her grandma. I will miss the thoughtful cards and happy phone calls. She will be missed and loved forever.
Heather (Benton) Canham Sep 23 2021 1:57 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you..May God surround you with His loving arms..We are sorry for your loss..
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The Harper Sisters Sep 21 2021 10:23 PM
I am going to miss my sister and friend, Pat. There were many times I called on her for advice. She could also brighten my day with funny stories she would tell.
Gloria (Wilson) Utsinger Sep 21 2021 4:15 PM
I will miss you mom. And all the crazy stuff we did together.
Dwayne Benton Sep 20 2021 8:38 PM
Sorry for your family loss of a nice lady the kids played with her kids back in the day so sorry 🌹
Charles-Linda Morcheiser Sep 20 2021 4:10 PM
So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady. Glad I had the opportunity to know her.
Joan kozelka Sep 20 2021 2:26 PM
I will miss her smile and her amazing personality. I'll miss her in general
Hannah Benton Sep 20 2021 12:53 PM