August 11, 1944 – June 27, 2012
Mary Benson, 67, of Texarkana, AR passed away June 27, 2012 in an assisted living facility. . Mrs. Benson was born August 11, 1944 in Texarkana. She was a member of Bethel 7th Day Adventist Church.
Survivors include her mother, Edythe Paricos of Texarkana; brother, Nick Paricos of Texarkana; nephews, Jerry Erie, Jr. and his wife, Linda Erie of Texarkana and Jon Erie of Texarkana; brother-in-law, Jerry Erie Sr. of Texarkana; and her cousins, Butch Anderson of Texarkana and Betty Willis of Oakwood, GA.
Memorial Services will be 2 p.m., Monday, July 2, 2012 at East Memorial Chapel - Moores Lane with Rev. Wilmore Green officiating. Services are under the direction of East Funeral Home - Moores Lane.
Memorials may be made to Bethel 7th Day Adventist Church.
Online tributes may be made at www.eastfuneralhomes.com.
- Memorial Service Monday, July 2, 2012
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July 4, 2012
Mary was a dear family friend. She worked with my sister, Jane Kunkel Carpenter at Westlawn and later became her daughter Emily's babysitter. She spent most of her life helping others in any way possible. She helped/cared for my sister in her last weeks of life. I will always remember her wonderful smile and contagious laugh! I have no doubt that she is celebrating her new life in heaven. She will always be remembered as a person who gave selflessly to those that were in need. It didn't matter who you were Mary became a close friend quickly. I will always be indebted to her for the love she showed my family. Sincerely, Julie Kunkel Patterson
July 1, 2012
WE ARE VERY SORRY TO HEAR THAT MARY PASSED AWAY. WE LOVED HER DEARLY AND WE WILL REALLY MISS HER. MAY GOD BLESS THE FAMILY. MARY IS WITH THE LORD NOW AND SHE IS NOT SUFFERING ANY LONGER.
BETTY HALL & VIRGINIA BUTLER, TEXARKANA
June 29, 2012
I was so saddened to hear of Mary's passing. I offer my deepest sympathies to Edythe, Nick, and the rest of the family. Mary was one-of-a-kind, and I will always appreciate the influence she had on my life.
After the passing of my mother, her friendship and kindness helped me and my family cope with our loss. She may not have realized it at the time, but her enchilada dinners and Spanish rice went a long way in helping relieve some of the emotional pain. Granny adored her, and always looked forward to the little trips and outings and meals we shared together. We even drove to Hot Springs once, just to fill gallon jugs with water as our excuse. That was Mary.
And, of course, who can think of Mary without thinking of the Dallas Cowyboys. I watched many a game with her, and I can tell you, they never had a more passionate or loyal fan. Her love for the Cowoys was second to none.
Mary helped me learn to be more compassionate and openminded. She taught me how to stick to your principles and not be afraid to defend them. She showed me how to make the best of what you got and still love life. Thank you for being a part of my life, Mary, and making me a better person.