Eunice N. Benton |

Eunice N. Benton

Eunice N. Benton, 92, died Sept. 3, 2008, at the Colorado State Veteran’s Nursing Home in Rifle.Eunice was born June 13, 1916, in Custer County, Neb., to William E. Nicholas and Ethel M. (Loy) Nicholas. She moved with her family to Casper, Wyo., as a young girl. She received her education in Casper schools, graduating from Casper High School in 1934, then went to cosmetology school. She lived and worked in Thermopolis, Wyo., until World War II. She returned to Casper where she met her first husband, Marion Bortner, who was stationed in Casper with the Army Air Corps. They were married in February 1945 and moved to Nebraska. Marion died in December 1945, and Eunice moved back to Casper.Eunice married Carl (Jack) H. Benton March 21, 1948. They lived in Casper until July 2000, when they moved to Rifle.Eunice was a charter member of Bethel Baptist Church in Casper and was active in the choir, women’s ministries and Bible studies. At the time of her death, she was a member of Rifle United Methodist-Presbyterian Church. Eunice worked for many years at Bailey School Supply. She and her husband delivered Meals on Wheels for many years. They traveled frequently after retirement. Her interests included sewing, knitting and crocheting, and she was an avid reader.Eunice is survived by son David (Tess) Benton of Las Vegas; Kathryn (Mark) Ziemann of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and Gayle Sills of Rifle; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister Mildred Oberg; brother S.L. Nicholas of Casper; and many nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her second husband, of 54 years; sisters Marjorie McGowen, Eileen Baird and Irma White; step-daughter Twyla Benton; and son-in-law Terran Sills.Services will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 11, at Newcomer Family Funeral Home, 710 E. Second St., Casper, Wyo. Interment will be at Memorial Gardens immediately following the services.Donations can be made to the Good Samaritan Fund at Rifle United Methodist-Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Fourth St., Rifle, CO, 81650; The American Diabetes Association; or the charity of your choice.

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