In Memoriam : Barbara Benard

Barbara Benard Barbara Ruth Benard - age: 78
(February 17, 1939 to March 03, 2017 )
Resident of Benton, Illinois

Visitation Information:
VISITATION:
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5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2017
Immanuel Baptist Church
516 North Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Immanuel Baptist Church
516 North Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812


FUNERAL SERVICES:
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1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Immanuel Baptist Church
516 North Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812


BURIAL:
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Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery
12740 Oddfellow Lane
Benton, Illinois 62812

Block: U

Obituary:
Barbara Ruth Benard, age 78, of Benton, passed away at 4:21 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017 at Helia Healthcare in Benton.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the Immanuel Baptist Church of Benton, with Rev. Merle Fullerton and Pastor Alan Newman officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Immanuel Baptist Church of Benton, and from 11:00 a.m. until the funeral hour at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, also at the church.

Arrangements are through the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Barbara Ruth Benard was born on February 17, 1939 in Benton, IL, the daughter of John Claude Beaty and Aileen (Kirk) Beaty. She married Clarence Newton Benard on April 2, 1961 and he survives.

Mrs. Benard was a retired school teacher. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and her Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois. She proudly taught at Benton Consolidated High School, Rend Lake College, Ashley High School, and Harrisburg High School.

She was a well-known pianist and private music instructor.

Barbara loved Southern Gospel Music, and worked with several churches, revival services, and Southern Gospel groups throughout the region. She most recently was a member of Glad Heart. She was also the long-time pianist with “The Baptist Voice”, a radio program that airs each Sunday on WMIX 94.1 radio station out of Mt. Vernon, IL; and she was a member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church of Christopher.

Mrs. Benard loved to travel, camping, going to the beach, shopping, dining out, and attending Professional Gospel singing events and concerts.

Barbara is survived by her husband of fifty-five years: Clarence Benard of Benton; three daughters: Marla Harp and husband Richard, Aletha Jackson and husband Robert, Sonya Dorris and husband John all of Benton; six grandchildren: Jared Harp and girlfriend Jordan Rowold, Josh Harp and fiancée Michaela Dollins, Nick Shelton, Zack Dorris, Macy Jo Dorris, Katlin Jackson; a sister-in-law Dolly Sledge of Mt. Vernon, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter Angela Faye Benard; and a daughter Darla Kay Benard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Missionary Baptist Church of Christopher, or to Glad Heart, and will be accepted at the visitation and funeral services.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Barbara, visit www.lpfuneralhome.com



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Diana Todd - March 5, 2017Contact this person Contact this person
Mr Bernard and family- you have our deepest condolences . Joe and I will be praying for you and your family .



Alecia Schnaiter - March 5, 2017Contact this person Contact this person
To the women who taught my mother how to play piano so beautifully! May you rest in peace! Prayers to your family!



Karla Lee - March 5, 2017Contact this person Contact this person
Marla and Family, I was saddened to read the passing of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. With Special Thoughts, Karla and David Lee



Tammy Rea-Johnson - March 6, 2017Contact this person Contact this person
My deepest sympathy to the Bernard family. Barbara was a part of my life growing up with Darla & Marla, Aletha & Sonya and also my Teacher in High School. I will always remember her kindness.♡ Death leaves a hole in your hear that never heals, it is My prayer you can remember the good times & trust in the Lord. We will all be reunited on that glorious day! My prayers are with you all! Love♡



John Metzger - March 6, 2017Contact this person Contact this person
Paula and I send our sincere condolences to Barbara's family!



Bill and Roberta Hollada - March 12, 2017Contact this person Contact this person
We just heard about the passing of Barbara and wish we could have been there for her visitation and funeral. We remember the past and all the good times we have had together. May God bless you.



Sally Nagreski - March 20, 2017Contact this person Contact this person
Clarence and family, Heartfelt sympathy to all of you on the passing of Barbara. She remains as one of life's kindest friends to me no matter how time parted us during the years. I will not forget her!



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