Westside/Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home

5101 Westbank Expressway, Marrero, LA


Martha Marie Benoit

5 February , 193228 June , 2019

Martha Lanford Benoit passed away peacefully while surrounded by family on Friday, June 28, 2019 at the age of 87. Born in Woodruff, South Carolina to the late Boyce and Grace Martin Lanford. Devoted wife of Octave Benoit, Jr. for sixty-four years. Proud mother of Rhonda Benoit Lodriguss, Connie Lynn Benoit, Craig Clifford Benoit, Paula Michelle Benoit and the late Donna Lori Benoit and William Gary Benoit. Cherished grandmother of Lawrence (Larry) Ross Lodriguss, Jr.; Beloved sister of Harold Lanford, Jerry Lanford and the late Bobby Lanford. Martha was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. A kind and very friendly woman who was known for her big heart. She was a shining light and touched everyone she met with her fantastic smile and sweet personality. She would often tell stories of her days working in peach sheds throughout the summers while growing up in South Carolina. At the age of eighteen she moved to Washington, DC and worked for the federal government, where she met and married Octave in 1955. Martha retired in 1988 after 38 years of dedicated service to the federal government and was active in many organizations such as NARFE, Golden Agers, VFW, and The American Legion Auxiliaries to name a few. She was a faithful member of Celebration Church - Westbank. She will be missed deeply by all who knew her. A family only service is being held. An online guestbook is available at www.westsideleitzeagan.com to share words of remembrance.


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Bonnie Porche

10 July 2019

Martha Benoit always had such a beautiful smile. She was such an interesting and adventuresome lady who was always on the go. I enjoyed having coffee with her and sharing our stories of earlier days where we both worked at the U.S. Customs Service. I am grateful for the time I shared with such a special lady. I look forward to seeing that beautiful smile again.

Karen McRea

5 July 2019

Rhonda and family,
My heart goes out to you. I know your mom was a special lady and will be missed by many people, including me. Here is my favorite photo of me with my Aunt Martha--kind, sweet, and always ready with a smile and a hug!
Love, Karen (Lanford) McRea

Kimberly King-Pittman

4 July 2019

I will always remember Ms. Martha for the warmth and love she exuberated towards everyone she encountered. I am especially grateful to have been loved and accepted as family by her. She always greeted my husband and I with a hug and kiss when we saw her. I was so impressed with her youth and vibrance at such a mature age. I will never forget the short time God blessed us with such a sweet, caring, and compassionate soul.

Patrick Farley

3 July 2019

Martha was a SWEETHEART! She was full of life, love and stories! She welcomed me into the family nearly 20 years ago with a big heart and open arms! I loved her like a mom and so enjoyed spending time with her! I will miss talking and spending time with her! I am so blessed to have known her and to have gotten to experience life with her!

Ed Melancon

3 July 2019

My condolences to the family. Prayers are with you!

RaiLynn Heitmeier

2 July 2019

Heaven has gained another sweet soul. I will surely miss seeing her in church. She was so faithful!! Rhonda, I pray that our Lord brings you and your family the much needed peace during this sad time. God Bless!! Love, Rai Lynn

Katherine Snelson

2 July 2019

I was only 17, working at my first job at DP WO when I first met Martha. That was in 1958. She was always so sweet and kind. My condolences to her family

Pamela Savin

2 July 2019

My condolences to the family of Martha Benoit. It was truly a great pleasure when God brought Ms. Martha in my life. She was truly a loving special lady. Always with a big smile and a kind word. Truly will be missed.


2 July 2019

Rhonda and Family,
I have known your mom, Miss Martha, most of my life. I have loved her like my own mom. She will be missed by the many who experienced her kind and social personality.
Blessing and Prayers to You and Your Family
Love, Liz

Tina Bower

2 July 2019

So sorry to hear this. She was such a sweet lady, I will always remember her smile. As children, her kids, my sisters and I went to the same babysitter. As they say, small world. She will be missed! 🙏