Brenda Elaine Benson, 74, of Commerce passed away at Rock Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation in Sulphur Springs on Sunday night, March 12, 2023. Brenda was born in Commerce, Tx. on June 12, 1948, the daughter of James Augustus Daniel and Lydia Maurine Kelly Daniel. She married Edward Benson on January 27, 1964 and he preceded her in death. Brenda worked for East Texas State University and was a machine operator for Sherwood Industries at one time. She enjoyed crafting, games, cross-stitching and spending time on Facebook. Brenda was also described as a racing enthusiast who was lovingly nicknamed "fender bender"; perhaps because of the time the steering wheel came off of the vehicle that she was street racing in or the time she drove all the way home from Caddo Mills in reverse because the forward gears failed to work in her vehicle. Brenda loved giving everyone who visited Jeff's shop a hard time, and was considered the "neighborhood mom" to those who knew her. She also loved spending time with her family at Thanksgiving and is remembered for her potato salad and meatloaf.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Benson, parents: J.A. "Gus" Daniel and Maurine Kelly Daniel, and a brother, Donald Daniel. Those who remain to cherish her memory include her son, Jeffery Glen Benson, daughters: Charlotte Elaine Bentle and Jessie Mae Benson all of Commerce, grandchildren: Whitney Benson, Brittney Benson, James Bentle, Tyler Benson, Ethan Benson, step granddaughter Brittany Stallings, and great grandchildren: Skylar Clayton, Brenden Clayton, Katelynn Thornton, Kenzie Bentle, Cole Bentle, step great grandson Wyatt Gore and Eli Edward Benson (who is on the way). Other survivors include a sister, Annette Daniel McRae of Commerce and a brother, Randall Daniel and wife Carol of Greenville.
Visitation for Mrs. Benson will be held at the Jones-Walker Funeral Chapel in Commerce on Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Her funeral service will be held on Friday March 17, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. in the Jones-Walker Funeral Chapel with Jason Cunningham officiating. Those serving as pallbearers will be: Charlie Miller, Victor Harrison, Adam Norris, Steve Duke, James Bentle and Ethan Benson.