Monday, October 12, 2009

Lula F. (Myers) Bench 1899-1984

Lula F. Bench, daughter of John and Lillie Gilbreath Myers was born August 3, 1899, in Pulaski County and departed this life August 22, 1984, in Springfield, Missouri at the age of 85 years.

Lula was married to Scott Bench October 15, 1919, in Cookville, Missouri, and to this union was born three daughters.

She professed her faith in Jesus Christ as a young girl, and has been a member of the First Baptist Church for many years.

Lula has owned and operated several restaurants in Richland, including the Gilmore Café. She retired from the shoe factory, where she was employed as a supervisor.

Those preceding her in death are her parents, six brothers, Claude, Chester, Raymond, Chris, Loren, and Clifford Myers, two sisters, Mary and Maggie Myers, and one daughter, Patricia Lodge, also one granddaughter, Deanna Sue Beasley.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Francis Eldredge of Richland, and Marjorie Louise Smith of Louisiana; three sisters, Ruby Davenport of Laquey, Anna Hicks of Portland, Oregon, and Ethel Stewart of Tulsa, Oklahoma; a stepson Herbert Bench of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 15, 1984 at the Colonial Funeral Chapel, Richland, with Pryor Ray Prewett officiating.

Music was provided by Rusty Shadel and Marcia Shadel.

Burial was in the Oaklawn cemetery with escorts: Barton Schaper, Jim Eldredge, John Eldredge, Jack Eldredge, Bill Schaper, Bob Schaper. Burial was under the direction of the Colonial Funeral Chapel, Richland, Missouri.

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