Vera Lottie Benton, 88, Minot, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, in a Minot nursing home.
Vera was born Feb. 13, 1923, at Stuart, Va., the daughter of George and Pearl (Harris) New. She was raised and educated at country schools near Minot and graduated from Minot High School in 1941.
Vera was united in marriage to Robert Weed on June 11, 1944, at Surrey. They made their home on a farm north of Minot. She was employed at Macs Bakery, Widdell's Bakery and then at the Minot State College Student Union, all in Minot. Robert died in 1978.
Vera had also been employed as a housekeeper at St. Joseph's Hospital from 1965 to 1985. She was united in marriage to Wilmer Benton on Sept. 18, 1981. They made their home at 1016 N. Main St. for a number of years. He died May 24, 2006.
Vera was a charter member of Faith United Methodist Church, Minot. She was also a member of the Eagles Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and Women of the Moose, all of Minot.
Vera enjoyed reading, doing embroidery and tending to her flowers.
Her loving family includes: children, Gordon (Ellwood) Weed, of Tennessee, James (Rachel) Weed, Burlington; stepchildren, Michael Benton, of Washington state, and James Benton, of Minnesota; grandchildren, Gordy, Jennifer, Jarred and Misty; great-grandchildren, Alex, Emily, Phillip, Samantha, Jaxx and Ryan Jr; a stepgrandson; sister, Mary Hambek, Andover, Minn.; and brother, David (Helen) New, Surrey.
Vera was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Robert and Wilmer; sisters, Lorraine and Lucille; and brothers, Frank, Art, Walter, Jesse and George Jr.
Funeral service: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at 2 p.m., in Vincent United Methodist Church, Minot.
Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot.
Visitation: Today, Jan. 25, from 3 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers or plants, the family prefers memorials to Faith United Methodist Church or an organization of the donor's choice.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).