Silence "Peggy" Bernetta Benker

November 2, 1924March 31, 2021

Silence “Peggy” Bernetta (Edginer) Benker, 96, passed away in Temple, Texas on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Peggy will lie in state for visitation on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 4pm to 6pm in the Memorial Park Funeral Home; 6969 Interstate 40 East in Amarillo, Texas. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home’s Chapel of Memories on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10am with Pastor Jerry Davey presiding. Burial will be private. You may view the service via our livestream at or by clicking "Join Livestream" below.

Peggy was born on November 2, 1924 in Ransom Township, Michigan on her parent’s farm. She was married to Melvin Benker for 60 years. Peggy was preceded in death by her husband Melvin on January 21, 2017 and daughter Kathy Pate on January 8, 2009. Those left to cherish her memories are her son Jim McLaughlin of Temple, Texas, 3 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to St. Judes Children’s Hospital in honor of Peggy Benker.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021



Silence "Peggy" Bernetta Benker

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Cassi Coates

April 8, 2021

My name is Cassi. I have been Mrs. Benker's library lady for the last 5 years. I can not completely express how her passing has saddened us. Our hearts go out to the family.
Mrs. Benker was always one to hug you and let you know she cared. We spent much time discussing books and authors. She has given me many recommendations over the years. I am so lucky that I was allowed to be a small part of her life for so long. She will forever be missed and we will think of her often.