January 15, 1944June 14, 2020

Helen “Cookie” Eileen Benback, 76, died on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at home peacefully in her sleep with her family by her side.

She leaves her husband, Larry Benback, daughter Keva Davis and husband Larry, daughter Sheila Lanham and husband Larry Lee, daughter Rebekah Barr and husband Derek, sister Frances Theiss, grandchildren Larry Shaun, Amanda, Amber, Adrian, Brittany, Austin, Mariah, Weston, Christopher and Bailey, and seventeen great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Keva Goree, sister Mildred Medicraft, brothers Bruce, Allen, and Douglas Goree.

Born in Santa Rosa, California, in January 1944, she was raised in Grants Pass, Oregon. In 1960, she met her Prince Charming and fell in love at first sight, telling her best friend “I’m going to marry that man!” They were together for sixty years.

At nine years old, she dedicated her life to Jehovah God and has served him faithfully ever since. As a Jehovah’s Witness, she served as a religious volunteer in the community and in the two local prisons. She was active in helping others, either by driving them to a doctor’s appointment or providing a shoulder to cry on.

Even to the end of her life, she was comforted by the bible’s promise of a resurrection to a paradise earth and by the words found at Revelation 21:4, “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry, nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

A private memorial service will be held at the Chowchilla Cemetery.



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Layla Dalman

June 17, 2020

She was a nice beautiful sissy.
She was smart and caring, Helen loved Jehovah with all her 💗.
Larry will miss her very much because she is his wife.😔
And grandma will cry on her memorial 😭 and, grandpa will cry in his ❤. I look forward to seeing her again, in the new earth 🏞.
Helen held me when I was a baby and I still remembered that.
I will miss Helen very much💔
While she is 🛌 sleeping.
I miss being a baby thats why Helen can hold me again 🤱
Can't wait for Jehovah to raise her up🤲.
I miss Helen😔.

With all my love
Layla 10 year's of age

Elida Silva

June 17, 2020

Dearest Benback Family,

My deepest, heartfelt condolences go out to all of you. I will always cherish those days when I got to go out in Service with my Beautiful Sister Helen. Any Bible questions that I had during those times, or if I needed help with a certain Biblical topic, Helen always took the time to help me look up the answers in the Bible. That is my greatest and fondest memory of her. Dearest Helen, I yearn for the very near day when we will see each other again in Jehovah & Jesus’ promised Paradise Earth! ❤️
Elida Silva
Le Grand, CA

Roxine Callahan

June 17, 2020

Helen was always a great friend and a wise advisor through the many decades that I was privileged to know her. We pioneered together for 30 years. She was one of the best I’ve seen in knowing where the scriptures were and how to reason with people. I wish I could tell if all the laughs we enjoyed together and the many many people she helped not only spiritually but physically by helping in so many ways. I loved Helen very much and will miss her smile and her “sneaky smile” 💕