Sydonia Roselie Cmajdalka Benton

26 October, 192613 February, 2021

Sydonia was born on October 26, 1926 in Fayetteville Texas. She relocated to Houston. Carl F. Benton, Jr. and Sydonia were married on June 13, 1948. She was an Accounts Receivable Supervisor at the Houston Chronicle for 24 years from 1968-1992. Sydonia and Carl loved traveling in their motorhome around the United States. She loved spending time with her family. Sydonia enjoyed volunteering at church and making items for charity.

She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Bertha Cmajdalka, brothers, Arnold Cmajdalka and Lad Cmajdalka, and sisters, Roselie Nonemacher and Olivia Peterson.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Carl F. Benton Jr., her sons Carl F. Benton III (Rose) and Michael Benton (Susan) and daughter Sharon Benton. Her grandchildren Amy Dean (Justin), Kristah Slate (Daniel), Ross Benton (Brandyce), Mandy Benton, Debra Benton and Adam Benton (Erin). Great-grandchildren Asher, Gideon, Naomi, Rebekah, Camden, Everett, Anna Claire, Owen, Brock, Brooke, Marshall, Riley and Ethne.

Sydonia was a wonderful mother and Mema. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, but we know she is experiencing God’s very best, heaven!

A Rosary will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 4918 Cochran Street in Houston, Texas and the service will start at 11:00 a.m. The graveside will be at Brookside Cemetery 13747 Eastex Freeway 77039; it will follow the service.

John 14:1-3 Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you also may be where I am.


  • Rosary

    Wednesday, 24 February , 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, 24 February , 2021

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    Wednesday, 24 February , 2021


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Juanita Lira

19 February 2021

It is with such sadness that I express my condolences to the Benton family. I met Lee while working at the Houston Chronicle. We became good friends and continued to stay in touch even after her retirement. I am so happy that she had the opportunity to enjoy a nice long retirement. She shared with me about her love to travel and her enjoyable times with her family, friends and the travel club. She was a woman of great faith. She is now with God our Father as her great reward. Will miss you Lee but you will always be in my heart.

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