Ruth B. Benfield
(March 1, 2013) OCEAN CITY — Ruth B. Benfield, 89, of Ocean City, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Berlin Nursing Home in Berlin. Born in Todd, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Solomon Coy and Mary Bena Ross Blackburn, and wife of the late Charles Van Benfield.
She retired from Aberdeen Proving Grounds after 30 years of service as a secretary.
Mrs. Benfield moved to Maryland from North Carolina in 1931, when her father was called to be the first pastor at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Bel Air. She was a 1941 graduate of Bel Air High School, an avid gardener and volunteered for Meals On Wheels for more than 20 years in Harford County before she moved to Ocean City to be with her daughter.
Mrs. Benfield is survived by her daughters, Patricia Ann Benfield of Silver Spring and Debra Benfield Quilter and husband, David T., of Ocean City; sister, Mary Lou Maddox of Clarksville; and grandchildren, Samantha Shea Quilter and Ross Terrington Quilter, both of Ocean City. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Dr. Glenn Blackburn and sisters, Faye Schmitz and Ruby Bentley.
Services were held Thursday, Feb. 28, at Oak Grove Baptist Church, Bel Air, Md. The Rev. Kenneth E. Tipton officiated. Interment was at Bel Air Memorial Gardens in Bel Air. Those who desire may make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929.