Ann Benfield (1946 - 2014)

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11 entries
  • "My thoughts are with you. I remember Ann well. I am judge..."
    - Angela Allen
  • "Ann was a loving friend and a kind, compassionate person. ..."
  • "Sherrie, my thoughts are with you. Time heals the sadness,..."
    - Maggie Tavares
  • "Rest in Peace Ann. God Bless to Sherrie."
  • "A light for my sweetheart, my love, my friend."
    - Sherrie Polk
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Ann K. Benfield, May 1946 - November 25, 2014 Ann grew up in Boyertown, PA, daughter of Curtis and Stella (Kolb) Benfield and sister of Louise Kolb. She said often how wonderful her childhood was and how she enjoyed being able to see many of her relatives often - some lived only a block away. Ann graduated from Boyertown Area High School, a member of the Class of 1964. In high school she was a nationally recognized member of the Debate Club - along with her cousin Charles. After high school Ann moved to Washington, D.C. to attend George Washington University, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and served as president of her Sorority, Chi Omega. While serving as a Federal Parole officer for the District of Columbia, Ann's writing skills were greatly appreciated by the Judges that reviewed her recommendations. Ann was also appreciated by those she contacted - she treated everyone and saw everyone as a human being. This work and her high school experience in the Debate Club lead her to pursue a career as a lawyer. After accepting a scholarship to the University of Kentucky, Ann moved to Lexington Kentucky. After graduating from Uof K, Ann began clerking for the 6th district Federal Court Judge Allen. This brought Ann to Louisville, KY. Except for a couple of years as a litigator with a firm in Louisville, Ann spent the bulk of her law career as clerk, and later head clerk for Judge Allen. While in Louisville Ann developed many friendships through her establishment of a chapter of Depression Anonymous (DA) - Ann struggled with depression most of her adult life -she was an active member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the Women's Lawyers Association. Ann supported her community as a rape crisis counselor and a hospice volunteer. Shortly before retiring from her law career, Ann rediscovered her love of horses, and began her association with the Paso Fino breed of horses. After Ann retired, Ann met her partner Sherrie and they purchased a horse farm in Gettysburg, PA where they enjoyed their wonderful neighbors and horses for several years. Sadly, a fall that resulted in a brain injury ended that chapter in Ann's life. The last couple of years Ann spent enjoying life as much as possible in assisted living in Westminster, MD. Ann was a member of the UCC of The Good Shepard in Boyertown, PA. Memorial services will be held Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services, 254 E. Main St., Westminster. A Memorial service is also planned for Boyertown, PA in early January, 2015. A notice will be posted in the Boyertown, Pottstown and Redding newspapers. Ann is survived by her partner Sherrie, cousins and many friends. Ann touched lives of many people, her warm smile and generous spirit will be missed.



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Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services
254 E Main St
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 848 -7575
Published in Carroll County Times on Dec. 3, 2014
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