Yolanda Morales Benefield of Lake City passed away peacefully from this life May 21, 2011 at home surrounded by her family. She was 80.
Yolanda was born in Monterrey, Mexico to Angelina and Santiago Morales. While working at the University of Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, she met a young medical school student from Phenix City, Alabama. She married that medical student, Joseph Irwin Benefield, MD, in 1955. The family moved to Lake City in 1964.
The oldest of nine children, Yolanda was a tower of strength and model of love for her own brothers and sisters, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, as well as for her many adoring nieces and nephews in Florida, Alabama and Mexico. She was an active member of Epiphany Catholic Church. She cherished her many friends in Lake City, and loved cooking for friends and family. In "Bird's" kitchen, everybody was family and one of her favorite quotes was "We always have room for one more."
Yolanda was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Joseph I. Benefield, a brother Horacio Morales, an infant daughter, Maria Del Rosario, and her youngest son, Daniel Benefield. She is survived by brothers Octavio, Juan and Santiago, sisters Elia, Beatriz and Angelina, sister-in-law Mary Propst, daughters Bennie Parker (Ricky) of Lake City, Yolis Jopling (John) and Betsy Miles (Troy) of Gainesville, Laurie Pace Benefield of Lake City, and a son Joseph R. Benefield of Kennesaw, Georgia; thirteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and more than forty nieces and nephews. In addition, Yolanda was loved and cared for by Mirna Gray, Esperanza Davila and Andrea Jordan.
A visitation will be held at Guerry Funeral Home from 5-7pm on Thursday, May 26th. Funeral services will be held at Epiphany Catholic Church Friday May 27th at 11am. Arrangements are under the care of GUERRY
FUNERAL HOME, 2659 SW Main Blvd, Lake City, FL 32025. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Epiphany Catholic Church, 1905 SW Epiphany Ct., Lake City, FL 32025, Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606, or to a favorite charity.