Grace Staples Benton

Grace Staples Benton

Portsmouth - It is with great sadness that my brother, Larry Benton, and I, Patricia Benton, announce the loss of our mother, Grace Staples Benton who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Mom was born in Portsmouth, VA on August 15, 1925 to Foster and Leila Staples and spent the next 88 years bringing joy to the lives of her family and friends.

Besides her parents, Mom was predeceased by one daughter, Barbara Marie Benton, five brothers, Foster, George, Stewart, Vance and Claud Staples; and three sisters, Lelia May Sharpe, Alice Getz and Mary Jackson.

Left to cherish her memory are her granddaughter, Sherry Faith Murray; sister, Louis Gordon and husband Darrell; daughter, Patricia Benton; and son, Larry Benton.

Mom was a lifelong member of Western Branch Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir for many years.

You don't get to choose your mother but if you did we could not have one better than the one God gave us.

A private graveside service will be held Friday, March 7, by Dr. Walter Black.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Western Branch Baptist Church, 4710 High Street West, Portsmouth, VA 23703, in her memory.

Funeral Home

Sturtevant Funeral Home
5201 Portsmouth Blvd Portsmouth, VA 23701
(757) 488-8348

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Mar. 6, 2014