Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA

Dorothy Benfield

Dorothy Benfield

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Dorothy Louise Benfield, age 92, a former long-time resident of the Upper Skagit Valley, passed away February 28, 2013, in Edmonds, surrounded by her daughters.

She was born September 8, 1920, in Broken Bone, Nebraska, to Clarence and Georgia (Melton) Hersh.  She married Cecil Benfield on August 18, 1945, in Dallas, Texas, and then moved to the Upper Skagit Valley area in May of 1947.  After Cecil died in 1990, Dorothy moved to the Seattle area in 2006 to be near her children.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Georgia and her husband, Gary Monsaas, and Mary Clayton, both of Seattle; six grandchildren, Aaron, Tyson, Jakob, Britt, Elisabeth, and Georgia; twelve great grandchildren, Anthony, Ava Rose, Camille, Olivia, Naomi, Phoebe, Sam, Cooper, Henry, Wyatt, Amber and Joselyn; sister, Barbara, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil and daughter, Lois Elaine Odell.

(A Graveside Committal Service will be held at Noon, at Union Cemetery followed by) A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, March 8, 2013, at Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley, with Pastor Richard Coursen presiding.


  • Charlotte (Larson) Furchert

    Many wonderful memories of the Benfield family – both in their home & Sunday School. Cecil & Dorothy were the dearest of friends to our folks, Jim & Esther Larson.

  • Dona (Eldridge) Cowan

    Dorothy and Cecil were good friends of Heyward and I and also my parents. We purchased our first home in Marblemount from them and spent many hours visiting with them in Marblemount and also in Seattle after we all moved to King County. I always remember her warm personality and sweet smile; always a person you could depend upon.

  • Joan (Morgan) Carpenter

    My memories of Cecil and Dorothy are at the Marblemount Union Sunday School. Can’t think about them without thinking about Ralph and Frona too. Two wonderful families and great friends…people children could really depend on. Dorothy was a beautiful person.