Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home

306 East Polk Street, Burnet, TX


Ethel B. Benedict

May 10, 1940September 11, 2019

On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Ethel Mae Beal Benedict, 79, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, passed away in her home in Burnet, Texas after a 10 year battle with cancer.

Ethel Mae was born on May 10, 1940, to William Warden Beal and Melvina (Vina) Barnett Beal in Bertram, Texas. She was raised in Austin, Texas and graduated from McCallum High School in 1958 as the highest ranking girl. Ethel Mae spent almost every weekend and summer in Bertram with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Barnett, and she attended Bertram Cumberland Presbyterian Church for almost her entire life. She attended the University of Texas for one year, and then worked for Braniff Airlines as a flight attendant from December 1959 to February 1961.

In February 1961 she married Fieldon (Phil) Clyde Benedict of the United States Marine Corps. Together they spent one year in Wichita Falls, Texas (1961), three years in Oahu, Hawaii (1962-1964), one year in Woodbridge, Virginia (1965) and one year in Oceanside, California (1967). During 1966 Ethel Mae lived in Austin with her mother while Phil served his country in Vietnam. In 1968 Phil retired from the Marine Corps and they moved to a ranch in Oatmeal, Texas. Phil passed away in 1984, and Ethel Mae continued to live on the ranch until 1989 when she moved to Georgetown, Texas.

In 1977 Ethel Mae returned to the University of Texas and completed a Bachelor of Business degree in 1981 with highest honors. She was hired as the first Burnet County Auditor in 1981, and she served Burnet County until 1989. Beginning in 1989 she worked for the Texas Department of Insurance as a title company auditor until her retirement in 2003. Later in 2003 she moved to Burnet after she was hired by Ed Hill & Company, CPA as a field auditor. She worked there until her final retirement in December 2018.

Ethel Mae was passionate about many things including her beloved grandchildren and great-grand child, the Texas Hill Country, The University of Texas Longhorns, ice cream, traveling the world with dear friends, the United States Marine Corps, her Sunday afternoon lunch bunch, her cherished dog Ziva, water skiing, snow skiing, her childhood church – Bertram Cumberland Presbyterian, and her current church home – Marble Falls United Methodist Church. She loved to play the piano and organ for her Bertram church where her service covered 7 decades. Most of all she was passionate for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Ethel Mae spent the last three months of her life at peace in hospice care knowing that she would soon be with the Lord.

Ethel Mae was preceded in death by her father, Bill, her mother, Vina, and her husband, Phil. She is survived by her son, Mike (Mary) of Kingsland, granddaughters Elizabeth (Sam) Lauffenburger of Austin and Kathryn Benedict of Arlington, Virginia, great-grand daughter Jane Lauffenburger, sister June Prentiss Johnson of Longview, and many cherished cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Friday, September 20th at 10:00 am at First United Methodist Church, 1101 Bluebonnet Drive, Marble Falls, Texas. A catered meal will follow the service. Memorials can be made to: First United Methodist Church; 1101 Bluebonnet Drive; Marble Falls, Texas 78654.

Condolences may be offered to www.clementswilcoxburnet.com

Arrangements entrusted to Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home Burnet, Texas


  • Memorial Service Friday, September 20, 2019


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Rhoda Garrett Schmidt

September 21, 2019

One of my sweetest memories of Ethel is when I was a little girl, standing around the piano during Sunday school at the CP Church, singing to her lively playing on the piano. God gave her that gift of music that touched me in a way that has lasted a lifetime. She became a mentor to me, always supporting & encouraging my love of music and it all began around that church piano, watching & listening to her playing in her peppy style, teaching us songs about the Lord. I have shared this with her before, and wanted you to know, just how special she is to me. Thank you, Ethel & family. Thank you, Lord.

Emma Gene Griffis

September 19, 2019

Dear Mike & Mary,
I can’t believe my friend is gone. Ethel was a special person and I will miss her. She was thoughtful and generous, and her devotion to her friends, family and church was admirable.
We have many people in our lives...family, friends and acquaintances. But no one knows us quite as well as a lifelong friend. I will say a special prayer in her memory in thanks for having had the opportunity to know her and count her among my closest friends. May her soul rest in peace.
You have my deepest sympathies. —Emma Gene

Cheryl Shipp

September 13, 2019

Ethel Mae was one of my favorite people in the whole world! I loved her great sense of humor and her fierce loyalty to her family and friends. She was my piano teacher for several years and my favorite part was when she would play the piece first, so I could hear how it was supposed to sound. I was so in awe! Our running banter for the next 10 years was that she would have to check with me to know what Mike up to. I promise, Mike, I always had your back 😍. I will really miss this sweet, spunky lady!

Suzanne (Gilbert) Dougherty

September 13, 2019

The Gilbert girls, as Ethel Mae called us, spent many days in the company of Ethel Mae (Bunny) and Vina, her mother. Our parents, James and Freda, considered the Beals family. We girls vividly recall spending the night with Ethel Mae at her apartment when she was a flight attendant, being with Vina in her home, and visiting with Ethel Mae, Phil, and Mike at the ranch. Our parents loved playing dominos (42) with family members June and Jimmy. We loved Ethel Mae dearly.

Elizabeth Horsley, Suzanne Dougherty, Kathryn Craig, and
Rosalie Nelson

Gina Benedict Harvey

September 13, 2019

Aunt Bunny you will be missed and know you were loved. I am thankful for two visits on days that were near the end. You helped comfort me and assured me you were ready to meet Jesus.

You always treated me like a daughter (even making me dresses and making me wear them!) and spoiled me as a child. You helped instill the passion I have for the Texas Longhorns, the love I have for nice things, the enjoyment I receive from listening to the piano and organ being played, the joy I have seeing and riding horses, and just maybe why I might have a lead foot when driving through the countryside.

I love you and I miss you already. Until we meet again! Hook ‘Em!!