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Lilamae ‘Babe’ Benes

Nov 21, 2007

ESTHERVILLE — Funeral services for Lilamae ‘Babe’ Benes, 82, of Estherville will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, at First Presbyterian Church in Estherville with Pastor Mark Gabbard officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Interment will be at East Side Cemetery in Estherville.

She died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007, at Buena Vista Manor in Storm Lake.

Beatrice Lilamae “Babe” Graves, the daughter of Lloyd and Isabelle (Hunt) Graves, was born Jan. 1, 1925, in Austin, Minn.

She spent her youth in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1943. She worked at Hormel packing plant in Austin.

She was joined in marriage to Ernest J. Benes on Dec. 9, 1944, in Jackson, Minn. They were blessed with three children: Grace, Linda, and Colleen. They lived in Jackson until 1955 and then moved to Estherville, where Babe worked at P.G. Grey's and Butterfield Produce. Babe and Ernie enjoyed their life in Estherville until Ernie's death on Dec. 29, 1989. Babe remained in Estherville until her short illness. During Babe's life she loved to camp, travel, fish, go boating, dance, and do an array of crafts.

Babe was a member and deacon of the Presbyterian Church, President of Major Agers, Vice President and Treasurer for AARP, and a member of the VFW where she would volunteer at the fish fry. She was also a member of the Morrell Retirees. Babe also volunteered for many years doing “B.A.B.E.S.” at the elementary schools in Estherville.

Left to cherish her memory are three daughters: Grace (Jeff) Johnson of Milford, Linda (Michael) Montgomery of Arizona City, Ariz., and Colleen (Dallas) Enns of Storm Lake; grandchildren Monica (Dwayne) Hoss, Brenda (Jeff) Clark, Tammy Spoo, Kerri (Karl) Lyons, Tiber (Kevin) Montgomery, Alyssa Enns, and Heath Enns; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest, parents, one brother, one grandson (James), and one great-grandson (Michael). Online condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com