Shirley Carolyn Benardino

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Shirley Carolyn Benardino passed from this life to eternity with Christ her Savior on Saturday, December 19th, 2015. She was born on May 10 th, 1926 to Lewis Eugene and Mattie Eva Smith in Huntsville, Texas, the youngest of their seven children. She lost her father at an early age, leaving her mother alone to raise and provide for the family through some of the most challenging years this country has ever known. Her mother's faith, fortitude and sacrifice set the standard for Shirley and created a legacy that she not only exemplified in her own life and example, but conveyed to her children as well. She married William J. ("Bill") Benardino on April 3 rd , 1947, and he preceded her in death on February 10 th , 1999. During 52 years of marriage, they raised their own family of five in Conroe: Susan (Peterson), Anthony, Brett , Nancy (Thorne) and Jennifer (Kirk). Besides her children, she is also survived by sons-in-law Bob Peterson, Lewis Thorne and Zach Kirk , and daughter-in-law Penelope Benardino. She is survived as well by her grandchildren Bryan Peterson (Marisa), Michelle McIntosh (Wes), Haley McBride (Chace), Ben Benardino, Joe Benardino, Matt Thorne (Britt ne y), Kat ie Gaultney (Brad), Brett Thorne, Jenna Kirk, Cassie Kirk, Jared Kirk, a host of great grandchildren and her best canine buddy "Dallas". She is also survived by Bill's nieces and nephews and their families , Joe Hardy, Debbie Piland, Kerry Hardy, Trina Hardy and Melissa Hardy. She is survived as well by her two nieces and their families, Donna Gail Leach and Kathy Tipps. She is also survived by numerous friends. Her legacy lives on in all our hearts as we remember "Grandmama's" love and sacrifice for others. The various roles she fulfilled, many simultaneously, include sibling, wife, daughter-in-law, mother, legal professional, grandmother, neighbor, friend and counselor. She lived these roles with grace, courage and dignity. Her life is a testament to the truth of I Corinthians 13:13..."And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. "Those of us who survive Shirley miss her greatly, but we rejoice even greater still that her pain and weakness are defeated and she is with her Lord forever and the reunions with loved ones are only just now beginning. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 22, from 6:00-8:00 pm. The funeral will be at 12:30 on Wednesday, December 23 in the Cashner's Colonial Chapel in Conroe, Texas, with Pastor Dave Stovall officiating. Should you so choose, a donation could be made in Shirley's honor to charities that she was fond of, including The Gideon's Ministry and the SPCA. The family wishes to thank the staff of Virginia's Lakeview House , Virginia's Hospice, Mary Tolbert, Debbie and Mike Gaspard and Pastor Dave Stovall of Abundant Life Church in Willis, Texas for their spiritual support, compassion and kind care given with love to Shirley in these past few days and weeks.To leave condolences for the family, visit our web site at www.cashnerconroe.com.


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Dec. 19, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016
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