Pixley Funeral Home

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Susan Kay Benton

March 23, 1950July 26, 2020

Susan Kay Benton, 70, of Rochester Hills, Michigan, passed away on July 26, 2020 after a brief struggle with Ovarian Cancer.

Sue was born in Midland, Michigan on March 23, 1950. Sue graduated from Midland high and studied at Ferris State University. She was married to William James Benton on May 26, 1973.

Sue had a career in dental health for 48 years completing the last 25 years of her career as Office Manager of Oakland Dental Care in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

She had a passion for travel, cooking, arts and crafts, homemaking, attending to her family and, most of all, doting on her grandchildren whom she loved so dearly. She is survived by her husband, William (Bill) Benton; son, Eric Russell Benton (Claire); daughters Courtney Gale Benton and Heather Leigh Benton (Ivan Okhotnikov); sisters Cathy Nagle, Sandy Nava-Moreno and Beverly Mahar; grandchildren Sean William Dunham and Ava Natalie Benton. Her brother James F. Nagle preceded her in death.

Funeral arrangements were held with close family at 1 PM on July 29, 2020 at Pixley Funeral Home in Rochester.

Donations in Sue’s name, can be made to the American Cancer Society.


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Danny & Kelly Alcini

August 11, 2020

We would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the immediate and extended family of Susan. We had the pleasure of sharing in Susan's life through our friendship with Eric, Claire, and Ava. Susan was always a kind and fun-loving person and a joy to visit with any time we attended Benton family gatherings, and we share in the deep sense of loss for her passing. In our hearts we know that she is in a better place, and we feel fortunate to remain part of Eric, Bill, Heather, and Courtney's lives. Susan's warm light and legacy live on through her wonderful family.

Danny, Kelly, Sophia, and Jack Alcini

John, Tanya, & Alice Coffey

August 5, 2020

We first met Sue at Ivan and Heather’s place in Troy. We arrived first and we could feel the anxiety building a bit. But it was in haste as when Bill and Sue arrived, they both were very friendly and fun. Sue opened up right away with fascinating stories about life with Bill and traveling. In fact, they were also there to discuss their up and coming trip to Italy. We also shared laughs with stories of children and grandchildren and so much more. Sue opened up right away and was full of smiles and laughter which broke the ice quickly and all had a wonderful time. No matter the occasion, Sue always did her best to make everyone feel welcome and take home a lot of awesome memories and we did!

As Sue moves on to make even more memories, those of us she leaves behind will miss her. But, I’m sure she wants us all to be happy and help each other hence our door is always open. God bless...

William Morrison

August 4, 2020

I originally posted this on Facebook but this is where it belongs.


Words are hard to find when trying to express the thoughts of shared feelings. It was only last October when we joined for a day of exploration and conversation. We have been friends for over 40 years and yet those days seem like just a sprinkle of time. The sprinkle is made up of memories.

Sue hit reality. She was real. What you see is what you get. She had her opinions and was ready and willing to share them. She doted on her children and her husband and her many dogs along the way. I never wondered why her dogs always had red fur (hair). I have said many times that if one does not know a redhead they are missing something from their life. I know two; Sue and my granddaughter. I feel blessed.

Hey, Morrison. Hi, Morrison. Sue never called me by my given name; it was always, Morrison. She was the only person that i knew that did that - i always took it as a mark of speciality. She was special that way.

Is there a void? Certainly. We all have our favorite memories of Sue. The void is that there will be no more added to the list. We can still love, feel and smile at the memories that we have of Sue. She was special - very special - very unique. She will be missed.

Glenda Mihelic

August 3, 2020

Bill and Family,
Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with ALL of you. Richard and I had many fun conversations with Sue. Loved her fiery red hair and her laugh that matched! I used to always run into Sue and Courtney at Hollywood, and even though we were both busy - we ALWAYS stopped to talk. I feel blessed to have shared a last conversation with Sue about 6 weeks ago now. I stopped by and only she was home. We cried and hugged, we talked about her cancer, how she was going to fight, and of course about your grandchildren <3 Such a loving grandmother - I used to watch her walk by the pond with Sean and Ava and it always made me smile. Her love for you and her family was so visible....always. This is the way our visit ended.....I said, "Wow...you guys have a new refrigerator.....I like it!" She said, "Watch this....and it started playing an Elvis Presley song".....we both laughed so hard, and as sick as Sue was....her laugh was still present. We will miss her so much. God Bless you all with love and light during this most difficult time in your lives.
Glenda & Richard

Sue Martin

August 3, 2020

I have so many memories of Sue as a wonderful friend and neighbor in Waterford. Pot luck dinners, "wine tastings", morning tea on the back deck, and who could forget the RV trip out west - "Mangy Moose or Bust". Sue's warm and loving nature was a blessing, and I will miss her dearly.

Bruce Lindsey

August 3, 2020



Julie Norris

August 2, 2020

Dear Bill and family,
I am shocked and saddened by Sue's death. We were high school friends in Midland and shared so many good times. We kept telling each other we needed to get together again. It didn't happen (let that be a lesson to those putting off reunions with old friends) but I followed her on FB. It was obvious how much she loved her family. And, you were her wonderful husband. I understand loss as my spouse recently passed so there's not much else I can say except treasure the memories and know Heaven has another angel.
Julie Norris

Romy Karlen

August 2, 2020

I meet sue in 1999 in Post Huron
She was a kind, fun, and Loving Person
R.I.P. I never forget her
So sorry she had to leave so soon
Prayers to all the Family and Friends

Sherry Dunham

July 31, 2020

Your Mom was always a generous and friendly hostess whenever we came to visit. I remember some nice talks the two of us had in the living room. I suppose many of them revolved around Sean, but it was a nice being able to share that common and precious interest.
I remember Sean telling me about the projects she would do with him. I loved hearing about that creativity they shared.
God be with you all in your sweet memories of her and as you grieve this loss. Just know you'll always miss her, but if it's anything like our experience now two years later, it's not quite as painful. Hold onto each other. With Love and Care, Sherry Dunham

Cindy and Mel Bluhm

July 31, 2020

We first met Sue and Bill at Claire and Eric's wedding. They had us over to their beautiful home on several occasions after the wedding and we always enjoyed Sue's quirky sense of humor and hospitality! She loved to cook and loved her wine!
We met Sue and Bill in Sedona, Arizona when they were vacationing and had a wonderful evening and sightseeing trip with them the next day.
Sue's focus was always on her family, and as everyone else has mentioned, her grandchildren were so very special to her.
We will all miss her so much!


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