Cynthia Benson Champagne

October 21, 1957June 10, 2012

Cynthia “Cindy” Benson Champagne, 54 of Moss Buff, LA went to be with the Lord on June 10, 2012, in the comfort of her home after an extended illness. She was born on October 21, 1957 in Lake Charles. LA, to Marion and Iris Benson of Westlake. She was a loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend to all and stranger to none.

Cindy adored her husband, Charlie, and together they enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and traveling. She was always ready for a trip to the beach. She enjoyed reading novels and spiritual readings. Cindy enjoyed life.

Cindy attended Northwestern State University from 1975-1978. She graduated with a BA Degree in Early Childhood Education from McNeese State University in 1979. She earned her Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from McNeese in 1986. In 1997 she completed her Plus 30 with certification in Guidance and Counseling.

She began her career as a first grade teacher at Western Heights Elementary School in Westlake. Later she went to T.S. Cooley Elementary School in Lake Charles and was named Teacher of the Year for the 1992-93 school year. Since her true passion was children, Cindy became a counselor at Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur, LA from 1998 until 2002. She finished her career as a part time counselor at Gillis Elementary School.

She was a faithful servant of St. Theodore Catholic Church in Moss Bluff where she was a lector. She loved our Lord and Savior and helped many come to know Him.

Her father, Marion Benson, preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband Charles Champagne of Moss Buff; her mother Iris Benson of Westlake; her sisters, Kathy Smith of Beaumont, TX; Sharon Villarreal of Sugar Land, TX; and Diane Fanta also of Sugar Land TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at Hixson Funeral Home in Westlake from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 with a Celebration of Life Service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will resume at 10:00 AM Wednesday, June 13 at St. Theodore’s Catholic Church in Moss Buff. A Funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 AM.

Cindy has been a lifelong advocate of children and has requested in lieu of flowers that memorial donations be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or other organizations that provide for children in need. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 12, 2012
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, June 13, 2012
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cynthia Benson Champagne

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Gwen Smith Apanowicz

July 5, 2012

So sorry to hear of Cindy's passing. She and I were Tri-Sigma Sorority sisters at Northwestern. She was such a sweetheart! I still remember her pretty little petite face and her blonde pageboy haircut! My heart goes out to her family! May your memories help you to smile during this difficult time.

June 18, 2012

What a blessing to our family. I will always remember the trips to Florida, the afternoons on the warf, the way she touched my children and grandchildren with her special love, and especially how she made my brother complete as his his best friend and loving wife. I love you, brother!

Debbie Rasberry

June 15, 2012

All I can say is I am sorry for your loss of a wonderful lady. She always had a smile on her face that would light up the room. I lost my husband less than 9 months ago. He was and still is my life. He had Parkinson Disease for our entire married life. GOD gave me the gift of taking care of him till the very end. My husband, Mike and your wife, Cindy were fighters and never gave up. They both fought a good fight but in the end there was no cure to be found. The easy part was is taking care of a love one, the hard part is living with out them. I truly wish I could give you some advice or help you in some way. My prayers are with you Charlie, I in a way do know what you are going through. The world is a better place, because of Cindy and my husband, Mike both of them touched the hearts of everyone they met. We both were the lucky ones to have a wonderful spouse. I am sorry.

Elizabeth (Liz) Fox-Dilley

June 13, 2012

Charlie and Family, It was really sad to hear of Cindy's passing.I remember her with great fondness. I always remember her great smile and the compassion she showed to others. The last time I saw her was at our 25th High School Reunion. Since I have lived in Idaho for so many years I rarely had the opportunity to visit with friends from high school when I came home for a visit. I will always treasure the way she treated me with genuine kindness.
Elizabeth Fox Dilley, Class of 1975

June 13, 2012

Dearest Family of Cindy - I only knew Cindy for a short while and yet she made a significant impact on my life. Her joyful, strong and generous spirit in the face of suffering was remarkable. It is a blessing to know she is now with our Lord, the Savior and Lover of our souls. God's peace and comfort to you all. Mary Beth Jacobs (Westlake, LA)

Carla Moss Black

June 13, 2012

May God bless you and keep you during this time of loss and grief. Many hugs to you Charlie and all the Bensons.

Toney & Donna Davis

June 13, 2012

I am saddened at your leaving and look to the day when we shall all meet again. My childhood was may very special by your presence. I shall miss you Cindy.

Theresa Billups

June 13, 2012

Charlie, Sharon, Kathy, Diane, Ms. Iris and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God's love and peace be with you, and His strength sustain you. Love in Christ.

Susan Moss

June 13, 2012

Cindy, I'm so honored to have known you and so grateful for your friendship. I thank God for putting us together in college. You have always been in my heart and in my thoughts, and I will continue to look back on the times we spent together as some of my all time favorite memories. I will pray for Charlie and your family to stay strong through this difficult time. I love you.

David & Linda Poss

June 13, 2012

Charlie, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.