BENTON, Hilda M., 81, of Richmond, OH, entered heaven's gates on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Valley Hospice, Trinity East.
Hilda was born Dec. 30, 1930, the daughter of the late Walter Ray and Blanche Johnson Benton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Alfred "Buster" Benton in 1989, a nephew, David Benton in 1960, sister-in-law, Kathleen Benton in 1989, brother-in-law, Ken Larson in 2010 and a niece, Sherri Peckens in 2011.
Hilda was a 1949 graduate of Jefferson Union High School, a 1952 graduate of the Ohio Valley School of Nursing and a graduate of the Pittsburgh School of Anesthesiology. During her nursing career, Hilda worked at Ohio Valley Hospital, Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel and Carriage Inn Home Health. She was also the first nurse on the emergency squad for Richmond Fire Department. Hilda was a caregiver in every sense of the word, caring for others whenever and wherever needed.
Hilda attended several area churches in the past, the latest being the United Methodist Church of the Cross in East Springfield. Because her caregiving prevented her from being able to attend weekly services, she got her spiritual food from Turning Point, Back to the Bible and several radio ministries. She was an avid reader and a prayer warrior.
Hilda is survived by her sister, Louella "Lou" Larson, of Lapine, AL and brother, Charles Benton, of Toronto. She was a loving aunt and supporter of Ken Stevens, Mary Lou Emery, Ronda Scott, Jim Benton, Carol Canyock, Karen Martin, Joyce Benton, Sheryl Huggans and Becky Chevalier. She is also survived by eight great-nieces and nephews; nine great-greatnieces and nephews and a sister-in-law, Ella Benton of Toronto.
In keeping with her wishes there will be no viewing.
Friends will be received at the Everhart-Bove Funeral home, 685 Canton Rd., Wintersville on Saturday from 10 until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Roger Wayne officiating.
Burial will follow at Island Creek Cemetery
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of the Cross building fund or Valley Hospice, 380 Summit Ave, Steubenville.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Valley Hospice for their care.
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