Benita J. Wales (nee Curran), 93, a former resident of Lakeside, Copley and Mansfield, died Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Wesleyan Village, Elyria. The oldest of eight children, Benita was born January 18, 1921 in Kenton, to the late Benjamin and Louise Curran.
Benita is survived by her children, Jayne McQuade of Heathsville, Virginia, Anne Conway (Rollin) of Oberlin and David (Valerie) Wales of Ashland; grandchildren, Thadd McQuade of Staunton, Virginia, Brendan McQuade of Charlottesville, Virginia, Kristan (Brian) Carter of Oberlin, Jessica (Jason) Chisholm of Avon Lake, Sarah (Edward) Wales-McGrath of Twinsburg and Alison (Matthew) Rolf of Chardon; great-grandchildren, Leo and Max Carter, Benjamin and Samuel Wales-McGrath and Juliette and Aurelia Rolf; four sisters and one brother.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Milton A. Wales in 2005.
She will be remembered as a loving mother, devoted grandmother and great-grandmother, dedicated teacher, a prominent lay leader in the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church and an active participant in the life of her community.
A memorial service will be Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11 A.M. at Wesleyan Village, 807 West Avenue, Elyria. The family will receive friends preceding and following the service. Inurnment will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Associates’ Education Fund at Wesleyan Village, 807 West Avenue, Elyria, OH 44035 or Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation, 236 Walnut Avenue, Lakeside, OH 43440.
Dicken Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elyria, handled arrangements.