Brenda G. Benson
Brenda G. Benson, 75, of Deltaville, passed away on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster in Charlotte, N.C., following a brief and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Brenda was born April 1, 1939 in Norfolk to the late Marvin Otis Green and Dorothy Wright Green Meers. Her ancestor, Abner Wood, fought in the Revolutionary War and Brenda was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
She graduated from Highland Springs High School in 1957 and obtained a BS in education from Longwood College in 1971 after the birth of her three children. For 25 years she lovingly and passionately taught elementary school in Roanoke City, Montgomery County and Chesterfield County.
After retirement, Brenda began her life of adventure, sailing her sailboat “Rosie” on the Chesapeake Bay and Intracoastal Waterway with numerous trips to Florida and the Bahamas. When she wasn’t sailing, you could find Brenda enjoying the beaches of Kill Devil Hills, traveling, reading, gardening, crabbing, or spending time on the Cow Pasture River with her best friend of 50 years, Martha Rule. Brenda dearly loved her yellow labs, Cuervo, Carolina and, most recently, Herman.
She inspired us by living life to the fullest and allowing the breeze to take her on wonderful adventures—on and off the water. She was beautiful, kind and engaging, even to people she just met. This was especially evident to all the doctors, nurses and caregivers during her illness.
Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather Russell H. Meers, stepmother Blanche Green, and her very special friend, Captain George Cochran.
She is survived by her three children, Bill (Doris) Benson of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., Stephanie Benson (Bill) Cornett of Charlotte, N.C., and Suzy Benson (Steve) McCormack of Broken Arrow, Okla.; brothers, George (Jenny) Meers of Lutz, Fla., and Russell Meers of San Francisco, Calif; sister, Rhae “Missy” (Ladd) Asper of Gainesville, Ga.; cousins, Nancy Overton of Norfolk, and Tommy Overton of Reston; and special friends, Martha Rule, Betty Anne Ebert, Roxanne Taylor and many more too numerous to name but you know who you are and she loved you very much. Brenda “Maw Maw” was adored by her eight grandchildren, Lyndie, Billy, Art and Allie Benson; Bryant, William and James Cornett; and Stephanie Schnabel.
A memorial service was held at Clarksbury United Methodist Church in Hardyville on June 16. In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be made to the Deltaville Maritime Museum, P.O. Box 466, Deltaville, VA 23043.