Florence Benavidez

August 30, 1928January 3, 2019

Florence Evelyn Carling (Anderson) Benavidez passed away peacefully on January 3, 2019 in Henderson, Nevada. Florence was born in Ely, Nevada on August 30, 1928 to Norval Carling and Florence Farnsworth Carling. Shortly after Florence’s birth, her Mother passed away. Florence was raised by her Aunt Anna Farnsworth Anderson and Uncle Deloy Anderson. She was known as Sis by her loving brothers Deloy Anderson, James Anderson, Richard (Dick) Anderson and Jerry Anderson.

Florence enjoyed her childhood in Ely. She told many adventures of her childhood. She enjoyed sledding in the winter, she played the flute in the marching band, twirled baton and played on the basketball team. She worked the soda fountain at the downtown pharmacy. She also worked at the central movie theater. She graduated from White Pine High School in 1946.

Florence married Henry Benavidez October 16, 1947. They were the parents of Carol, Sharolyn, Janet, Paul, Susan and David. Florence and Henry divorced. Florence then married Larry Ward. From this marriage her son Aaron was born.

While living in Henderson, NV, Florence worked at the Health Center, Henderson Telephone Company, Las Vegas Sheriff’s Office, State Stove and 20 years at St. Rose Delima as a PBX Operator.

Florence is survived by her children Carol (Kurt) Elcock, Janet Benavidez, Paul (Christy) Benavidez, Susan Benavidez, David (Cindy) Benavidez, Aaron (Kara) Ward, Son in Law Peter Poulsen, Brothers James (Janet) Anderson, Dick (Donna) Anderson, Jerry (Anne) Anderson, Sisters Anna Mae Johnson and Colleen (Floyd) Dutson, 25 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

Florence was proceeded in death by her parents Norval and Florence Carling, Anna and Deloy Anderson, Stepmother Ellen Carling, daughter Sharolyn Poulson, grandchildren Lynn and Henry Burr, Brandy Benavidez and Joshua Benavidez, sister Joyce Carling Kirk, brothers Art Carling, Frank Carling, Orval Carling, and Deloy Anderson.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday January 12, 2019 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Desert Rose Chapel on Pacific Avenue, Henderson, Nevada at 11am with a visitation at 10am. There is also a viewing Friday January 11, 2019 from 5-7pm in the Palm Mortuary Chapel on Boulder Highway in Henderson, Nevada.


  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, January 19, 2019

Florence Benavidez

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Rose Hackman

March 4, 2019

I met Florence many years ago when I was married to Joe Olvera (Henry Benavidez nephew) She was a very kind & lovely lady. My condolences to her children & family. Rose Santiago Hackman formerly Rose Olvera.

Josie BACA Olson

January 12, 2019

Love and Hugs and prayers to the family. Florence was a kind an loving lady. May she rest in peace. Love to all her family. I knew her daughters in school and they were all wonderful. May Jesus bless you all. Josie BACA Olson from Henderson, Nevada

Cynthia Valdez-Higgason

January 12, 2019

May you find peace and good memories of Florence. I worked with Flo many years at St.Rose. She always spoke of her children. A wonderful and lovely person. Cynthia Higgason