Catherine Sara Benefield
January 27, 1967 – January 27, 2020
Catherine Sara “Katy” Benefield (McClure) died on January 27, 2020 due to cancer, in Austin, Texas at the age of 53.
Katy is survived by her dedicated husband, Dennis “Randy” Benefield, Jr.; beloved children, Melanie and Luke; loving father, Robert McClure, and adoring siblings, Brian, Margie and Judy, as well as many other loving family members, including nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Katy is preceded in death by her ever-watchful Mother, Sally Pryor McClure, and nephew Jack.
Katy was born on January 27, 1967 in Washington, DC. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1985, University of Oregon in 1991 with a degree in social work, and Concordia University Texas in 2011 with a Master’s in Education.
She married Dennis Benefield, Jr. in 1994 after meeting in Austin, Texas. Over the next several years the couple welcomed two extraordinary children, Melanie and Luke into their home and Katy set about teaching and showing them love and joy of family and friends. Her children know they are loved forever and will remember her as a wise and kind mother who encouraged them to pursue their very individual personal goals along the way to happiness. There remains no limit to the impact of her caring and guidance over the rest of their lives.
Katy was an accomplished teacher and caregiver working extensively with children throughout her life and professional career, including fighting and advocating for the most challenged and at-risk in her community. She was a nanny, a case worker for Texas Child Protective services, a stay at home mom to Melanie and Luke, a second mom to the children of friends, and a teacher at Wiley Middle School in Leander Texas.
She was a generous and truly dedicated friend, who loved laughing and hanging out over good food and great stories. She adored all her loving nieces, nephews, and extended families. Katy had a special place in her heart for dogs, lovingly caring for them in her home, or trying to match stray pups with their owners or new families if needed.
Katy loved hydrangeas, sweets, laughing with friends, and her husband and family. She will be remembered as a champion for all children, a loving wife and mother, the best baby sister, a caring daughter, a loyal and generous friend, and always as our squad leader.
Through the end of her earthly life, Katy was cared for by many friends, especially Charlotte, Lana, Christian, and Annette. Their generosity, kindness, and dedication to Katy and her whole family was a true blessing. ………………………….. All are welcome to attend a celebration of Katy’s life. Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 12:00 noon. Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 1801 East Park Street, Cedar Park, Texas 78613.
In lieu of flowers, the family has established a fundraising campaign to support Katy’s children, and help recover from overwhelming medical debt not nearly covered by insurance. https://tinyurl.com/KatyCampaign.
- Katy's Children
Celebration of Life
Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints
1801 East Park Street
Catherine Sara Benefield
February 18, 2020
Katy was my best friend in elementary school. We lost touch after high school. I will remember her fondly and send my sincere condolences to her family...
February 17, 2020
I will always cherish our "mom" time in the cul-de-sac and Halloween evenings keeping each other company and seeing who could finish off their candy first. You were a blessing to me and our family and we miss you!
February 15, 2020
I remember our days working at CPS and your kind spirit and loving ways with the children and families. You will truly be missed and heaven has received another angel! Healing thoughts and prayers for the family.