Mary Lois Benford, 57, passed away on January 21, 2022, peacefully at her place of residence.
Mary was educated in St. Louis Public Schools at Peabody Elementary and McKinley High. She was a star track athlete, excelled in mathematics and loved fashion. Mary’s track talents were Olympic worthy. No one could catch her on the track or the runway. Mary also enjoyed showing off her smooth dance skills.
Mary birthed four children Anthony Jackson Jr., Alonzo Benford (Jaime), Stephanie Camese Menz (Chris) and Ryan Benford (Kasey). Mary was a proud mother (her greatest accomplishment), and she loved her children dearly.
Mary was kind, affectionate and a sweetheart to everyone she encountered. Her gentle and lighthearted nature made it easy to get to know and love Mary. She never knew a stranger. Mary will be greatly missed.
To cherish her memory and celebrate her life, Mary leaves a devoted and loving family including: children Anthony Jackson Jr., Alonzo Benford (Jaime), Stephanie Camese Menz (Chris) and Ryan Benford (Kasey); grandchildren Cierra, Cedric Jr., Harmoni, Jameya, Brielle, Breland, WynnLee, Kendall, Christopher Jr., Stephan King, KinsLee and Aurora Faith; siblings Calvin Benford (Mary), Loretta Lewis, Donald Benford, Danny Benford, Mable Benford, Jessie Benford and Gloria Benford with a host of nieces, nephews and special friends including Stephen Menz (father).