Benita Befort

Benita Befort, 89, Hays, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse.

She was born July 17, 1931, in Munjor.  She attended Schoenchen High School.

She married Donald J. Befort on Oct. 21, 1953. He preceded her in death. She was a homemaker.

She enjoyed being with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, watching the Atlanta Braves, enjoyed traveling and tending to her roses. 

Survivors include her two daughters, Kayleen Bittel and husband, Bob, and Karen Thomason, all of Hays; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Felicita (Pfannenstiel) Gabel; her father Hilarius Gabel; and a sister, Erma Lee Walters.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St Francis Cemetery, Munjor.

Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church or Masses in care of Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.

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Posted online on January 21, 2021