Maxine Benford


Maxine C. (Bateman) Benford, 91, passed away, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in her home in New Whiteland with her children at her side.

Maxine was a loving, patient mother to her three children, and an adventurous, fun Nana to her six grandchildren. She and her husband, Dan, traveled extensively and she made friends everywhere she went.

After Dan’s retirement, they divided their time between Ellenton, Florida, and their lake cottage in Prince’s Lakes. Her laughter and positive outlook will be a lasting memory for her many friends. Maxine was more than a homemaker — she was an artist, seamstress, crafter, helper and ally. She enjoyed dancing, hosting parties and playing cards with her friends.

Survivors include three children, Stephen (Valerie) Benford of Florida, Paula (Jerry) Yoder of Auburn and Patricia (Timothy) Butler of New Whiteland; brother, Jack (Ginny) Bateman of Ohio; six grandchildren, Paul M. and Amy N. Benford, Cynthia Yoder, Tamara (Daniel)  Eisenberg, Leah C. and Laura L. Butler; and a great-grandchild, Brian Kitch.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Benford; parents, Arthur L. and Stella V. (Davis) Bateman; and two sisters, Mabel Magly and Marion Meager.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at Jessen Funeral Home, Whiteland Chapel, 729 U.S. 31 North. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at 1 p.m. May 9 at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Fishers.

Please come back to the house after the service to join the family in remembering our Mom, Nana and friend. Our Mom loved to give to others and so, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.