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Viola Brumfield Benson, 96, passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at Odyssey House Hospice in Conroe, Texas after losing her battle with cancer.
Viola was born on May 25, 1915 in Longworth, Fisher County, Texas to Myrtle Montgomery and Harmon E. Brumfield and continued to live in the Nolan and Fisher County areas until 2006 when she moved to Parkside of Panorama in Willis, Texas to be closer to family.
Mrs. â€śBâ€ť as her students fondly called her spent over 50 years involved in education. She received her BA and MA degrees from Hardin Simmons University majoring in English and Psychology; Doctorate of Education at Texas Tech University.
Mrs. Benson began teaching in 1940 and spent the majority of her career in the school systems of Nolan County. Being named Teacher of the Year in 1977 was one of the highlights of her teaching career. She served as Instructional Supervisor in the rural schools of Nolan County for over 19 years. She returned to the classroom and taught fifth and sixth grade English and Language Arts at Phillip Nolan Middle School. She also taught language arts in the Adult GED program.
She served four terms as a member of the Texas State Text Book Committee, and served three terms as an advisor. She was a life member of the Texas State Teachers Association and served as District President. She was also a life member of the National Education Association.
She belonged to Highland Heights United Methodist Church in Sweetwater where she taught an adult Sunday School Class for over 30 years. While in the Willis area, she attended The First United Methodist Church in Conroe.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe D. Benson on Feb. 14, 2000; her sister, Thelma â€śTimâ€ť Kennedy; her brother, Vernon Brumfield; and her nephew Freddie Hale.
Survivors include her daughter, Verna Jo Derrington and husband Michael of Panorama Village; grandson, Brent Benson Boswell and wife Kathie of Willis; and great-grandsons, Bryce Boswell and Brighton Boswell of Willis. She is also survived by a sister, Geneva Hale Perkins of Roby; nieces, Beth Turner and husband George of Roby and Sue Schlueter and husband Dwayne of Trent; and nephew, Danny Brumfield and wife Jody of Trent.
Visitation is scheduled on Thursday, June 9, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. at Cashnerâ€™s Funeral Home in Conroe, Tex. A second viewing will be held at McCoyâ€™s Funeral Home in Sweetwater, Tex. on Friday, June 10, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. Services will be held at Highland Heights United Methodist Church in Sweetwater on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Roby, Texas at the Roby Cemetery immediately following services. Rev. Chris Rodriguez will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Bob Smith, Ben High, Webster Williams, Frank Herrington, Brent Allen and Johnny Allen.