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Benita Howell

January 19, 1938 January 2, 2020
Benita Howell
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Obituary for Benita Howell

Our mom, Benita (Bennie) Garcia Howell passed away at the age of 81 on January 2, 2020 in Pocatello Idaho at a long-term care facility following a long battle with many health issues. Bennie was born in Victoria, TX Jan 19, 1938, to the late Carmen and Manuel Medrano. She is survived by her daughters Lena Mestaz (Chante), Jeannie Scott, all of Pocatello, ID and Angie Stone (Perry) of Taylorsville, UT. A dear childhood friend who Bennie and George considered their 5th daughter, Liz Stutzman (Rod). Two sisters Vera Ramirez (Guero), Carmen Schultz (Harly), of Pocatello, and one brother Ross Medrano (Dottie) of Las Vegas, NV. She has 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter Corina Aguirre, four brothers and one sister.

Bennie married George Garcia Nov 9, 1954 in Victoria, TX. They moved to Pocatello in 1955 where they raised their four daughters. They later divorced and Bennie remarried Gary Howell in 1989. After 16 years of marriage they divorced, but remained lifelong companions.

Bennie worked as a stay at home mom where she devoted her time to her daughters. She was a wonderful cook and always had home-made tortillas ready for any visitors. She worked for a short time with her sisters, Henya and Vera at Troy Parisian Dry Cleaners. She later went to work full time at Norge Easy Care where she retired after 30 years due to health issues.

In Bennie’s early years she was a member of St. Anthony’s Church. She was on the Counsel of Catholic Women and sang in the Spanish Choir. She volunteered for many activities. At the time of her passing she was a faithful member of Praise Temple of God Church where she attended for the past 12 years.

Bennie was very social, with an unwavering love of music and dancing. You always knew where to find her on Wednesdays and Fridays, as she was a regular at Revive @ 5 and the weekly dances at the local Senior Activity Center, where many lifelong friends were made. Bennie also enjoyed camping and fishing with Gary’s family. They were an important part of her life.

The family would like to thank the staff at Monte Vista Hills for the special care and concern that they showed over Bennie’s final few months. We would also like to thank our special family and friends for all their support and love. Bennie was cremated per her wishes. A celebration of life will be held at Praise Temple of God Church 653 N. 11th Pocatello ID on February 22, 2020 at noon. Services to be officiated by Pastor Jacqualine Thomas. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service
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Praise Temple of God Church

653 North 11th Ave
Pocatello, Idaho 83201

Praise Temple of God Church
653 North 11th Ave Pocatello 83201 Idaho
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Praise Temple of God Church

653 North 11th Ave
Pocatello, Idaho 83201

Praise Temple of God Church
653 North 11th Ave Pocatello 83201 Idaho
United States
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